The video below explains my approach to coaching including how to:

  • Prepare Yourself Mentally
  • Prepare for the Research
  • Find a Research Topic
  • Narrow Your Topic
  • Create a Problem Statement



One of the key challenges to getting your proposal accepted is identifying the specific need for your study.   The link below presents 3 concrete examples of how to find the gap in the literature and establish the need for your unique study. Following the process of how I coach each client through this critical task will give you a clearer vision of the process you’ll need to go through to gain approval of your dissertation proposal.

Review This Powerpoint I Created To Help You Find “The Gap”

Narrow Your Topic Down to a Manageable Dissertation 2
Most candidates begin with a broad topic of interest that will need to be narrowed down to a manageable and researchable focus.
This process of identifying a topic, connecting the topic to both the literature and practice problems, and narrowing the focus can be challenging. This presentation will address those challenges by walking you through this process step by step.
The presentation above covers 3 examples of:
• Identifying your topic of interest
• Grounding your topic in the literature
• Locating a gap in the literature
• Defining your specific research focus


Dr Kat Malinsky on ACADEMICS MEAN BUSINESS Podcast

Listen to the podcast below hosted by one of my past clients, Lindsay Padilla.  Together we discuss how coaching helps students get past roadblocks in life, and specifically grad school.

Kat Malinsky on What it Means to be a Coach




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