I signed up for this workshop as I am in Year 7 part-time and want to submit by NYE.
Gina was an inspiration and really understood the PhD journey from the student's perspective. She helped me face my demons and shift to think more positively about my right to claim and writing more confidently, and not "refiddle".
Thank you for this good value session and the slides and recording are really helpful as it was packed with great tips and tools
I was dispappointed when I learnt I had corrections - my supervisor didn't flag up any problems and I felt utterly deflated. I couldn't summon the enthusiasm to get the corrections done and it just felt like a mountain to climb - (again!.) Having watched the powerpoint several times I can understand the value of corrections and know what i should do. This has been much more useful than my supervisor's advice and it's good to have something to refer to several times as I have forgotten what my examiners said at the time. I wish I had found your site when I started my PhD as during Covid the amount of support was minimum and I think it had shown in my thesis.
Amazing source of advice, guidance and an all round PhD sounding board that just ‘gets it’, and super nice too.
I had difficulty pursuing my PhD study as my previous degree was not research-oriented. Working with PhD proofreader provided me with an amazing experience I could never have had anywhere else. I was able to have professional and heartful support and gain achievement. I definitely would love to work with PhD proofreader for my further study and will highly recommend it to my colleagues.
Hello. The different emails I received gave me sufficient theoretical background on the structure of a PhD. I downloaded the PhD Writing template as well as that on the Theoretical Framework. These two templates helped me structure my dissertation outline from the start and the various questions within them helped me become critical about my own writing process. I shared the two templates with PhD fellow students.
The benefits I gained from your various emails led me to go for more...and thus the PhD Course. The lessons so far are worth the investment... Great job🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿
I am really pleased with the quality and turnaround speed. My thesis is being proofread post-Viva due to getting Covid just before submission so the final push a bit of a nightmare. Having started amending chapters now and feeling insecure about my writing, the PhD proofreaders have been really approachable, professional and thorough. Although I'd used a lot of their excellent resource materials over the last couple of years (I did my PhD part time) I wish I'd approached them much sooner for actual proofreading.
I had reached a point in my PhD where I had stalled with my writing. At that time the email arrived detailing the course. It has been a very useful and informative boost to my writing and my confidence. I would recommend it to others who are looking for additional help or feeling overwhelmed. It can really help you.
I reached to you because I received minimal support from my university. Your work just I focus on mock viva was very beneficial and ease my stress. I recommend PhD students to have their mock viva with Dr. Peter Smith. The best thing about the mock viva that It was done by an expert researcher.
Abdisamad Hassan Mohamed
Really it is wonderful work, I hope that your proceed this high quality service and I am happy this service that you have done for me
Abdisamad Hassan Mohamed
Dr. Alison Davies
So I joined the viva seminar with Professor Smith, whose book (The PhD Viva) had followed me everywhere for the 3 months as I submitted and prepared for my Viva. The workshop was great and prepared an overview with slides of what needed to be done.
I then noted that Prof. Smith was offereing mock vivas. The price for 1.5.hrs was really affordable. It was money very well spent. There were two questions that Prof . Smith asked that I hadn't considered; one was about bias , the other about a specific application of a theory that I had considered but not identified in the thesis. Both questions came up in my real viva within the opening hr.
Five days after my mock viva with Professor Peter Smith,I passed my real viva with minor corrections.
Thus, I highly recommend the mock viva and the viva prep workshop.
Many thanks, Max and Peter.
The Getting Writing Done class was informative and engaging. I learned practical tips for how to write more and write more consistently.
I had a particular part of my thesis that I could not get right, I could not find a reference or outline of what to do. PhD Proofreaders had an easy to understand article on the subject, freely available that gave me an answer. Fast, free, layman's terms, fantastic!
I'm running behind with my schedule, fairly low in energy and in a slight psychological panic about finishing off my last project, editing two chapters AND getting cracking with my intro and conclusion in a way that does not feel like starting yet another a new project. I want to hit the ground runing without too many uncertainties and questionmarks holding me back about how best to present these sections. This session prvided a full and informative, yet informal and enjoyable open discussion regarding these matters, and the level of interaction allowed for very targeted and bespoke learning and problem solving. This was a very affordable session for the 1.5hrs of high quality advice and guidance it provided - thank you!
Initially, I was worried whether or not I could trust anyone to proofread my work. After my PhD colleague's recommendation, I contacted the proofreaders and I am 100% satisfied. The transparent and easy communication and the return of submitted documents - I am very grateful that you have accompanied me during the last weeks of my PhD.
@oishani The PhD proofreaders website and also pat thomson’s blog have some good ideas
I reached out to PhD Proofreaders because I knew from all the past courses and information I had received from this amazing organisation, that I would receive useful and positive feedback about how to get my written work to a more proficient and academic standard.
The editing work they did on my conference paper was nothing short of amazing. It made such great sense of all the information that I had "dumped" into word and aligned it to make a sound, concise academic piece of literature. I had tried so long and hard to order my thoughts - I was simply going around in circles. But Proofreaders were able to bring everything I had back into a sensical paper.
The best thing about the Proofreaders assistance is that it's timely, professional and non-judgemental. I feel like I'm in the room with them having a sensible, constructive working conversation rather than being located on opposite sides of the world in utterly different time zones. They really get me!
Thanks a million team! I just can't thank you enough.
I couldn't have done it without Professor Smith. Working with him on the mock viva was fantastic - he was kind, supportive and he really helped build my confidence. In particular, he helped me to speak clearly about my research and my contribution to my discipline. After the practice oral, I read the key research of my examiners and then spoke about how my research linked to their research, which made them really happy!
Thank you so much for an excellent presentation by Prof. Jerry Wellington on Introductions, Abstracts and Conclusions - immensely helpful!
I 'reached out' because I am currently drafting my thesis and floundering a bit in too many words/lack of conciseness and SIGNPOSTING failure! Structure is a major challenge in terms of cohesion, obviously, but also, re economy. This session's guidance on word length, content and functions of sections at the top and bottom of a thesis, helped me greatly with understanding the role and nature of signposting, and the importance of making explicit what the contribution of the thesis is. This will really help me organise, place and direct my writing. Thank you, again.
The best thing about your service is how encouraging and supportive you are. The whole interface with us is so 'human' and so honest about this rather daunting undertaking ... So glad I found you!
Danielle, you are acutely aware of my emotional turmoil and offered candid advice. I sought assistance from PhD Proofreaders since I was not receiving support from my PhD supervisors. In terms of supervision, I have always been told, "You are the expert; do it yourself." I may be the subject matter expert, but my supervisors are the experts in leading me through the research process. I am not getting any of that sort of thing.
Max, thank you for your end-of-the-week post; very encouraging and uplifting.
Max and Daniel, I sincerely appreciate all your assistance and direction whenever I am struggling, frustrated, or stuck. Thank you for your colossal assistance and guidance, without which I could not have reached this stage. I truly appreciate your service, Danielle.
danilo D di emidio
I needed some support aside my supervisory team and you offered the best support I could find, in every aspects of a PhD journey, from moral support to technical one, which is a nice mix. Well done, D
I am delighted to have discovered this platform where I can get help with all aspects of PhD. I find the sessions reassuring, well organised and delivered by people who climbed the same mountains and who now extend their hands to us below. This platform does exactly what it says,help us do our best.
Ive attended a couple of events The PhD Proofreaders have sorted and I have loved everyone. The "Staff" are supportive and knowledgeable and able to give their own real experience, hints and tips. I am coming into the home straight (I hope !!!) and have already pencilled in a few more sessions.
Communication is always encouraging, which may be a small thing but is always appreciated
I reached out to the PhD proofreaders during the last months of my PhD. I received a lot of feedback from my supervisor on all my papers, but the overall introduction and the discussion chapters needed some proofreading. When you are working on the same topic for so long, your sentences might seem clear to you, but not to a 'layman'. However, you still want your introduction and discussion to be written well and understood by everyone. I am so glad that I found the PhD proofreaders to help me with this! They are SO suick, they are thorough, and they are a real big help if you want to know whether your work is comprehensible. 11/10 would recommend!
The written and class material is just excellent. It completely demystifies the PhD process in a way that makes it not just manageable, but dare I say it… enjoyable? I certainly did and am grateful. Thank you.
The PhD Proof Readers are the most dedicated, thorough and amicable editors I have ever known. I strongly recommend them to PhD students, staff and researcher who wish to give their a polishing touch that makes it flawless and accessible.
I attended the 'Developing Your PhD Theory Framework' to help me understand exactly what was meant by concepts and theory and how concepts, theory and the thesis engage with each other.
Although I took the information I needed away from the session, I felt the session could have been presented in a more coherent structure - the topics jumped around, which was distracting and (at times) confusing. It also felt there was a great deal of repetition.
This could have been resolved using more visuals within the presentation - for example, a funnel with concepts at the wide and theory at the narrow end. As the presnter built on the use of concepts and theory, this visual could be built upon.
Likewise, one case study could be used, rather than changing between case studies. And student difficulties/challenges could have been presented first and 'unpacked' during the presentation.
In summary, although I received the information I needed from the session (and I won't hesitate to attend future sessions), the learnings could have been achieved in less presentation time, more discussion/thinking time, and with a more structured, coherent approach.
I had reached a dead end when writing my thesis. Time after time my supervisors contradicted their inputs. This lack of overall direction prompted me to look for some pragmatic advice on how to structure my work. PhD proofreaders was exactly what I was looking for, sound practical advice to structure and plan my work. Digging me out of the hole I’d created.
Using their resources I was able to rewrite and build my work in the space of 6 months.
If you have supervisors who don’t read your work or listen to your concerns then you need these resources from PhD proofreaders.
Diane Elizabeth Huntingon Loring
I'm not sure where I saw the prompt for PhD Proofreaders but it triggered an immediate response of interest.
I enjoyed the PhD Masterclass with Professor Peter Smith immensely!
The lecture was everything I had been looking for and hoping for - for nearly a year now. I am having my first annual review next week better understanding the value of the advice I have been given by my supervisors, as well as what I have achieved so far in writing my thesis.
The most important part of the lecture, among many, was the explanation of critical thinking and writing, this has been a very difficult aspect for me to comprehend all along.
Many thanks to Professor Smith who articulated and explained perfectly all that I need to know!
I am very excited about the other offerings as well from PhD Proofreaders!
Thank you again,
Diane Elizabeth Huntington Loring
I was desperate for a course like this one to gather some information and practical steps for starting and completing my PhD thesis. It has given me the structure, advice and motivation I needed to move forward confidently with my writing. I really loved that the emails were scheduled every couple of days so it kept me on track and engaged. Thank you!
@HolmeCaitlin@L_Cherriman_IOM@AcademicChatter Maybe not what you're looking for, but the PhD Proofreaders write comforting emails to subscribers also on this matter. The founder has own experience on the topic and provides positive aspects to difficult moments.
I reached out to the PhD proofreaders to give me piece of mind before my submission. The 82,000 thesis had no grammatical errors, punctuation perfect, and spelling perfect 🤩. I also took the opportunity to have the Mock Viva with Prof . Peter Smith apart from having years of experience as an academic and examining PhD students, he was very empathetic and non threatening. The mock Viva helped me to visualise and experience and simulate the real Viva, without which I would of struggled . Thank you to all the team for your amazing 🤩 support.
Your attention to detail with the proofreading and your generosity in not charging anything to finalise the corrections further confirmed my impression of your integrity and professionalism with all that you do.
Having taken the PhD Proofreaders course, and attending many of your company’s seminars made all the difference. It is a pity that even the best universities find it difficult to fully see the PhD journey from the student’s perspective and practical day-to-day difficulties. We are very fortunate that you do. I hope you are also very proud of what you do and your great achievement.
Starting a PhD can be daunting, attending the PhD masterclass on Supervision clarified what will be expected of me and how to get the best out of my supervision relationship. It was very helpful.
Excellent. Interestingly, it was after the webinar that I reflected how much I had learnt. Peter’s style of presenting is also very welcoming and thoughtful to each person attending. I like that.
Overall, a useful session and very helpful tips. However, I would have liked to dedicate more time to editing and reviewing. It seems that we only got to the "meat and bones" of this towards the end. I did not think that the exercise about the 3-minute thesis was useful given the length of the session. This might have been a nice ice-breaker for a longer seminar though.
I am currently writing my systematic literature review for my PhD studies. I asked for support with grammar and to ensure my writing flowed and made sense! The feedback I received was incredibly helpful- thank you.
The quality of the proof reading was fantastic, clear and concise comments that proved really useful.
Felt alone and clueless in my PhD environment
Great team and high qualified
I am about halfway through my part-time PhD, having had suspensions too which has really dragged out the whole process! I wanted to find a session to take me back to the basics, so to speak, so that I can get back on track. Loved the session, Peter is clearly very knowledgeable about pretty much any type of doctorate and gives great advice. Also loved the anecdotes! Thank you, I'll keep my eye out for future sessions.
I knew that emotionally and for guidance I felt I did not have a PhD supervisor, albeit he was very talented , very kind and i felt I was just not connecting very well. I didn't really 'get' the process in my head. So I was reaching out for help. I never complained to my supervisor as he is a very good man and his friendship was paramount. When I got help from you, my supervisor and myself coordinated so much better, I think he saw my determination and improvements I was making, and felt better rewarded from working with me. Max, you were amazing, your guidance really made a big difference.
This course was great - such a relief to find something like this! I reached out because I could find nowhere that had a concise, easy-to-read guide for the different elements of a thesis and how to go about the work needed in each. Too often we hear "there's no right way to do it - they're all different - you have to work it out yourself - ask other students". This course proves that you can do a simple overview of everything without taking away the need for students to do all their own research and make the right choices about what to include and how.
I contacted PhD proofreaders because I’d lost the thread of where my research and writing was heading. After two or three conversations with Max I felt much more confident and assured about what I was doing and how I was doing it and I also felt much less isolated. I think the best thing about PhD proofreaders is that I felt much more able to ask what I considered might be seen as ‘stupid questions’ there’s definitely a large part of what Max does that could be described as PhD therapy. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Currently, I am struggling with my data analysis section, especially documentation of Chi-square outcome and I was hoping that your course will give me more insight and understanding about this. For now, I feel I am just gathering general information about writing up and understanding my thesis and hopefully, in days to come, there will be coming exactly what I need right now.
PhD Proofreaders is an absolute god-send and has helped me enormously to focus on getting the writing for me thesis done. Thank for you an awesome service Max!
Why did you reach out to us?
To enable PHD start up year 1 learning and any helpful early bird learning for future tasks/requirements.
In what way did our work impact your PhD journey? PHD concept paper writeup to proposal . I noted it differs with masters.
What is the best thing about the service we provide?
Bite sized notes and cost economy.
I reached out to PhD Proofreaders because I felt overwhelmed by the dissertation journey. So far, I have been happy with my coach. She has always been attentive, frank, responsive, and continues to provide exactly the kind of support that I need. She is able to decipher the issues that I am facing, as I express them, and help me to arrive at clarity. Her feedback on my work has also been timely, pointed, and informative. Overall, I treasure the opportunity to work with my coach, to spend one-on-one time in a climate that feels like a safe-space. This is exactly what I need for a journey that is all-consuming with multiple steps along the way.
I started my PhD two years ago and I felt like I was running in circles. My chair told me I did not seem to understand what a PhD was about so I took a year off to get some clarity. I took this course to help me gain that clarity. Lesson nine was the most impactful as I struggle with imposter syndrome.
I loved how the information was given in bite sized pieces so that I could progress at my own pace. I see myself going through the lessons over and over as my knowledge and skills grow.
Thank you for making this resource available.
I signed up for the Literature Review workshop because I needed additional support in understanding the scope, the overall structure (stand-alone or as part of the dissertation), and effectively writing a literature review. The workshop met all of my needs as it laid out aspects that I had not thought about and provided practical approaches to writing the literature review. I feel much better prepared. Also, I appreciated having access to the slides and the session recording after the workshop!
The session was interactive and really very useful. The facilitator was knowledgeable and engaging. These kinds of sessions with experts in the field can really boost an understanding of what is required and the self confidence to move forward. It was unfortunate that participants chose to have theor cameras off
My first experience with Proofreaders Ph.D. went smoothly. I appreciated the quick turn around. I have my PhD but find this service to be very useful. I would use again.
I reached out for my PHD prep.
Literature review and theoretical framework is central driver.
Bite size brief notes by direct mails and cost friendly. Business success to you.
I contacted the PhD Proofreaders for a sample editing of pages from my thesis. They were quick to respond and did a thorough job with the editing. Their advice on writing and PhD life more generally published on their webpage and sent through their mailing list, worked as helpful and friendly support while working on my PhD project.
As a Professional Doctorate student it can be very overwhelming. Trying to embark on a research journey and working full time I was at a loss where to start. This course provided the guidance needed to direct me and give me the confidence I needed. The structure of the course has also allowed me to fit around work and complete at my own pace. I just wish I had found at the start of my study, although it has been invaluable even after my ethics approval to develop my skills, knowledge and most importantly motivation.
Thanks so much for the mock-viva. Professor Peter Smith is an absolute gem, and I still cannot figure out how he primed the confidence of a shy nerd like me to exhaust 2 strict viva examiners, one of whom was so aggressive he raised the eyebrows of the chair-lady many times, and he was unhappy about giving me any break 😊 The other examiner had to take headache medication during to get through the whole 3-hour exam (she finished her questions after the first hour). This would normally prompt me to run for the hills, but I remembered Professor Smith’s words that I knew more about what I had done than any examiner could and did surprise myself – for one time in my life when it mattered most, I was unflappable. They complimented me on my “preparation”, but Professor Smith was my real guide. It left me with a successful viva and a great story over a pint with my supervisors in the pub afterwards.
I got in touch with the PhD Proofreaders for a Mock Viva, as I was not sure whether my supervisors and I would manage to do one because of time issues. Peter replied really fast and suggested a date - the procedure was very easy going. I sent my thesis and about ten days later we had the Mock Viva. I really enjoyed talking about my thesis, and found the questions Peter asked really helpful. They were broad and detailed questions, which made me think again and see things from another perspective. Thank you for having such a uncomplicated and easy-going service, which is on point and gives a very good sense of what to expect in the real-world viva! Thank you for the support and feedback Peter, you are doing very great work!
I found the session very valuable. This session gave me new tips and understanding (and confirmations) of how these two pillars support the core chapters. Prof Wellington's expertise and openness was elegant and his guidance was compelling.
I took the writing course which has proven so valuable. I was able to take the advice to overcome procrastination from not knowing where to start and feeling disorganized. It also helped me to have clearer conversations with my advisor when discussing my prospectus, talking in terms of aims and objectives has been a game changer!
I really enjoyed the workshops which you provide. This is my second time to attend workshop under your service. I enjoyed the discussion on the topic. Your work has positive impact on my PhD journey as it becomes sommother. The best thing in your service that you enlight the workshops with expert who really enrice the topic with their knowledge and experiences.
I was looking for an online community for Phd support and was not disappointed with the quality, scope and depth of support received; as someone new to academia this was a life saver and I enrolled in 2 online classes which made a world of a difference to my Lit Review chapter and Phd journey!!! Very very Grateful that this support platform exists for students like me!
I'm greatly thankful and grateful for your help and support through that critical stage of my PhD journney, both objectively and subjectively. You really helped me clarify things and understand examiners' expectations which gave me invaluable confidence and reassurance to keep going. I wish you all the best and please keep doing what you're doing, it's much appreciated. I'm sure you're part of many PhD students' success stories and you're certainly part of mine.
PhD Proofreaders offers multi-faceted support, advice and assistance during every step of the PhD journey. Their team consists of experienced and top quality professionals who really care about the students and always go the extra mile. I have been so impressed with all of the courses and services PhD Proofreaders provide and have personally benefited on a regular basis.
Very keen to get this expert guidance regarding working on PhD framework. It was inspiring to hear from the very global group who gathered for this genuinely supportive Zoom mtg. The ‘review information’ sent after is great!