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Thesis/Dissertation Group

Thesis/Dissertation Group is for graduate level students working on a final thesis or dissertation for their program. This group meets each semester for six consecutive weeks. Each one-hour session per week provides participants with strategies and support for issues surrounding the completion of their long-term writing projects. This is a closed group and registration is required.

During each long semester (fall & spring) we offer groups that meet to discuss the challenges of completing a thesis, dissertation, or seminar/exit paper. Topics include: procrastination, stress and time management, confidence issues, overcoming writing blocks, effective communication, and defense preparation.

Fall 2017 Thesis/Dissertation Group Flyer

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Boosting your Writing Productivity

Helps students identify useful strategies for improving their productivity when faced with balancing academic, personal, and professional obligations. Topics explored include creating habits, effective goal setting, assessing personal productivity, and productivity during the writing process.

Formatting and Chapter Logistics

Increases understanding of content expectations for each chapter of the thesis or dissertation. Students also have the opportunity to hear from the Graduate School about specific formatting for the final document.

Reference Managers and Apps for Writing

Learn from the library about different reference managers and the benefits of use during the writing process. Other useful apps for writing will also be discussed.

Handling Revisions from your Committee

Equips students with strategies to help communicate with committee members and integrating chapter revisions when multiple committee members have differing views.

Incorporating Mindfulness Management Tips

Helps students learn about mindfulness and how it benefits their emotional and physical health. Learn to increase calmness and be fully present in each moment.

Best Practices for Proposal and Final Defense

Learn strategies to incorporate before, during, and after your thesis/dissertation oral proposal and/or final defense. Also, learn tips on how to approach challenging questions that may be asked by committee members and the audience.


  • Step 1 - Complete registration form below or via Google Forms
  • Step 2 - Wait for confirmation/welcome email from TRC Staff
  • Step 3 - Show up for sessions and participate.

We host these based on demand at one or both campuses. Register now for Fall 2017 groups using the form below. For more information, please email

Fall 2017 Thesis/Dissertation Group Flyer

For more information, please contact Learning Assistance at:
Main Campus | MS 1.02.02 | 210-458-4694 or Downtown Campus | DB 2.114 | 210-458-2838

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