Welcome, Graduate Students Writing a Dissertation or Thesis

Welcome to the ASGS website — dedicated to helping dissertation-writing students worldwide. Since 1993, ASGS has been the web’s foremost site offering off-campus graduate student support.

Drop in at any time to:

•  Read Dissertation News articles dealing with problems underlying the process and psychology of the dissertation
Articles provide quick, targeted problem-solving support based on the latest advice in the field.

 Get help from ASGS dissertation consultants and counselors to get unstuck, edit your writing, or analyze your data. Ethical and competent consultants are available to graduate students worldwide. Many ASGS-affiliated consultants are former or current professors who advise students at their colleges and universities.

 Read and participate in discussions of dissertation problems in an edited forum
Post your issues and concerns to the ASGS blog or read about the issues other graduate students face when writing a dissertation or thesis. The ASGS blog continues our former Doc-Talk forum. Because it is moderated and anonymous,  you can openly share any and all thesis-related concerns and issues.



Our Purpose
Most dissertation- (or thesis-) writing graduate students quickly realize the highest hurdles to finishing aren’t academic but psychological. Advisers, authors, and consultants address the nitty-gritty of the thesis process, but most focus on the nitty—the specific tasks—to the neglect of the gritty—the motivation or “grit” to accomplish those tasks. When advisers do address psychological issues, they often do so as an afterthought to tackling the main thesis to-dos. Each mind is unique, so unless your adviser is a therapist, he or she probably isn’t trained to show you how to manage your psyche while you produce and publish your thesis.

Although ASGS articles address the basic steps of doing dissertations—choosing topics, forming research problems, choosing committees, handling revisions, and so on—articles focus on the mental and psychological challenges at each step, and suggest ways to meet them.

ASGS was founded on the belief that providing ongoing psychological support to thesis-writing students is key to successful completion, especially for working adults, off-campus students, and distance learners. While email and teleconferencing make advisers more accessible and responsive, some graduate students still don’t have the support they need to avoid becoming ABDs.

ASGS is a web-based resource providing supplementary specialized support to help students finish a dissertation or thesis.