If you are writing a dissertation, you’ll know that no matter how much planning you put into it, things always seem to take longer than expected, which tends to result in late nights and stressful days when you need to be clearheaded and focused.
One of the biggest hindrances to the dissertation process can be the feeling that you’re all alone. The stress and isolation of the project can become overwhelming, which can make it even harder to get anything done. Of course, academic advisors are theoretical resources, but they often have a million other things on their plates, so it’s always helpful to have other people with whom you can discuss your work. Dissertation coaches and editors can be excellent resources, not only in helping you stick to your goals and polish your work, but also in providing a second opinion—a way for you to get out of your head a little and look at the work from a different perspective.
Writing a dissertation can take a real toll on your self-confidence and even your mental health. Stress can quickly get out of hand, and if you are struggling to meet deadlines while feeling isolated in your process, things can snowball and become unmanageable before you know it. Hiring an editor will help you stick to your deadline, sure, but more importantly, it will provide you with input from someone who is invested in your work without having a personal stake in it. Your editor will have intimate knowledge of the project but will be able to maintain the necessary distance to help you keep it in check. The feeling that this thing is all on you can be crippling, but the right editor can lighten your load and restore your focus.
On top of that, your editor should help you improve the work itself, which should make the experience more positive and keep things moving in the right direction. The last thing you want is to do all that work just to be stopped short by an unmanageable schedule. It is the job of the dissertation coach or editor to help you keep things on track and get out of your head once in a while, so you can make sure you’re using your brain without losing your mind!
Robin Field holds a BA in English and Linguistics from the University of Cape Town where she is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Linguistics with a focus on gender and game studies.