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Automations© are throughout the site and you'll find you work them much like a conversation back and forth with your supervisor.  Then, when you believe your idea is worth testing, you take it through the criteria at the end of the self guided interaction - ranking yes, or no as to whether your current idea meets that criteria.  Continue through to the end and you'll see the system ranks your idea against current standards.  At that point you can go back and rework or move on.  Either way, these are good exercises both when you are designing and as you begin to write to remind you of the standards against which they will be judged.

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  • I have been feeling kind of lost with my work.  I couldn't decide if I had too much about one topic and not enough about the other --in my lit review.  I felt as though I did not have a nice flow to Chapters 2 and 3, but I did not know where to turn my focus. The free content on the site was so great I bought a monthly membership - the map makes it all so easy!
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  • certainly keeps us on the right track. If we follow her instructions we will understand what we are doing eventually. She is my motivation.  I must admit I do get overwhelmed at times and the only solution is to stop, walk away, and get to another task. Of course, I would return a day or two to continue the process. Thank heavens I joined the finishing faster group!
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  • Regarding the conferences: That is just one of the positive sides of the DoctoralNet site you are able to stay connected to a professional group of peers and othe teachers like yourself that are truly able to bring in helpful insight that can be applied to your study. Plus you are able to see how it works in other DM student's studies as well. That is the beauty of this type of group. you can see and identify with the purpose of the group and purpose of the cite.
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  • RE Consulting: I have gotten more out of the hour with Dr. James than a full quarter and 4000 dollars at my university!
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  • Regarding everything DocNet does: I want to let you know how much it has meant to me to have you on my team. I know I couldn't have made it through this journey, particularly in this time frame, without you. You have always provided me with spot-on suggestions and I am eternally grateful for your help. It has been such an honor to get to know you. I am excited to start this new journey and appreciate all of your advice. I owe you everything! Thanks again for being the BEST help in the world! With all my love and appreciation, Jennifer
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  • Regarding the DNA Map: I am finding that applying DoctoralNet's mapping approach tends to suit me best. I find some traction by looking over the lit rev map again and again. What an author said, where did h/she say it; was there a particular concept proposed, and who supported or refuted it?
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  • Re the DNA map: Working on Section III first allowed me to get to the crux of the dissertation first so that the literature review flows seamlessly into the methodology. Thank You so much!!! I wish they had taught us this in the class modules when we were beginning the drafting process!
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  • Regarding DNA Map: I got a new appreciation for your map. When I first looked at it I was thinking that "I am beyond that." Fact is, I am not. So tomorrow I am going back to the map step by step to gain the insight I need to go forward.
    Clarence Harper

  • Re Doc Net Academy: I found the dissertation help in Doctoral Net Academy provided by Dr. James to be most helpful in getting a deeper understanding of the intent and purpose of a literature review as well as the process and method for writing a review of the pertinent literature in my research.
    Jennifer Batchelor

  • Regarding DNA membership content: I watch these videos like most people watch movies.
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  • Regarding DNA content: I do re-watch the videos and plan to do so again this weekend. Just when I think I understand everything I inevitably forget it all again. The videos are a life saver.
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  • Regarding DNA content: Dr. Alana, I cannot explain how helpful your videos and lessons are...I watch them and become very knowledgeable, and learn what I should have been asking ( and maybe doing) during the downtime. Thanks! I will share, pass along, and commence to using the tools!
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  • About DocNet in general: Many times I was discouraged and decided to be "ABD" but your prompting and "no worries" encouraged me to continue on. Thank you for your wisdom, guidance, and encouragement through it all.

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  • Regarding group work: What you said to me is true: it's the telling and the commitment to others that makes the difference, it's the theory put into ACTION, it's the willingness to get on with it, in partnership with others... I can't tell you how grateful I am for your encouragement and direction :D
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  • RE the conferences: Dr. James certainly keeps us on the right track. If we follow her instructions we will understand what we are doing eventually. She is my motivation. The design is fascinating and that keeps me focused. We will do well. We just need to believe in our abilities, and reflect on the motivation we had when we first enrolled.
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  • Re finishing faster: Start writing chapter 3 Methodology before chapter 2 was a great lesson for me. I stopped writing chapter 2 and start looking more into my methodology. It has taken a lot of time however. I am learning to as they say ' slow my roll' and pay attention to my research design. This has been a great benefit.
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  • Regarding finishing faster: What worked for me? Becoming a part of the doctoral academy. A process whereby I take a look at the steps needed to accomplish milestones that are set up in the academy process, Then, seeing where the gaps are and going back and realigning these steps to create success and then moving forward
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  • Re consultations: Lost, confused, and defeated I didn’t know what to do, like there was a cloud over my brain. I just stopped. Then came Alana. One 45 minute conversation with her made me feel better than I have in months. She was encouraging and understanding, walked me through the process and laid out the journey ahead. She helped me find or perhaps “rediscover” my purpose and goals.
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  • Re private consultation: This morning I “Skyped” with Dr. Alana and I could not be more thrilled with the outcome of our conversation. Prior to speaking with Dr. Alana I was truly ready to quit. I felt lost, confused and ,honestly, as though I didn’t have what it took to complete this program. I hope that none of you are having as difficult of a time as I am but if you are I implore you to talk to Alana, don’t wait. If I had spoken to Alana weeks ago I would have so much more accomplished right now. I think I waited so long because of my own pride and, frankly, embarrassment.
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