Thesis mentoring

TM logoAre you writing your thesis? Are you struggling with writing, or understanding what a great thesis looks like? Not sure how to approach the mountainous task? Under pressure with conflicting deadlines? Finding it hard to motivate yourself? Worried, or anxious about your deadline*? Your participation in the scheme will be kept completely confidential. Limited to 45 places only!

The Thesis Mentoring programme can help. It pairs you for 4 months with an experienced post-doctoral researcher who is trained in the skills of mentoring. Click here to see some feedback from PhD students who have completed the programme.

Participation in the mentoring programme could help you:

    ++ Understand how you work best, and how to work better with others;
    ++ Understand what is expected of you and what a great thesis looks like;
    ++ Break down the task and set milestones for your writing;
    ++ Keep up momentum, get started and stay started;
    ++ Be more effective and productive as part of a writing community.

The programme runs twice a year January-May and July-November. It starts with a 2h induction session for all mentees. Mentoring comprises 8 x 1h sessions over 16 weeks ending on in November with a formal evaluation.

Places are allocated by submission deadline -- most urgent need first. The content of the sessions will be tailored to your objectives, and will develop as your writing develops towards thesis submission.

Please note: mentoring sessions will not cover English language skills (see ELTC for this), proof reading of the thesis, or research topic-specific discussion. The mentor will be purposefully outside your subject area in order to focus on your writing behaviours and blocks, not yout research - thereby complementing the role of your supervisor.

Commitment: Mentoring is a Making the committment to set aside time to meet your mentor and work together is vital to makign it a good use of everyone's time, only students who understand and agrees to this condition can be accepted.  

This is a research led programme, evaluation data will be formally collected and analysed.

* If you are very worried, stressed, anxious or panicking a lot of the time, if it's really getting you down, or if you just don't feel like yourself anymore, you can make contact with the University Counselling Service (UCS) who can help you find ways to manage this kind of academic related pressure. This is a free confidential service available to all students at The University of Sheffield and can help by recommending 1:1s, group work, self help resources, and drop in workshops designed to help you take control. Without registering, you can work independently on a growing number of excellent online sites. UCS recommend NHS Moodzone, Mental Health Foundation and Mind. We also have a range of Apps on our iPads - check out Unstuck and an NHS self-help suite.

This programme is designed and delivered by Dr Kay Guccione