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Doc-talk is a moderated discussion list providing information of value to graduate students completing their Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. Doc-talk provides extracts and reprints of other articles of interest, as well as reviews of resources useful to graduate students and their advising faculty.

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Writer’s Block

A Texas Doc-Talker wrote
Help. Here I sit reading news groups and procrastinating. The dissertation needs to be in by June and I have this paralyzing attack of writer’s block. Do any of you PhDs or soon-to-be PhDs out there have any suggestions for overcoming this problem? They’d be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Davé answers:
Dear Doc-talker, The standard approaches to dealing with writer’s block are to: Continue reading

Working with a Difficult Graduate Adviser

One Troubled Foreign Doc-talker wrote:

What I’d like to see are some suggestions for conflict management in the situation where essentially the supervisor’s guts and existence are heartily hated by other instructors, and, the supervisor has a psychological kink and seems to hate his students after an initial honeymoon period, Continue reading