Welcome to the ASGS website — dedicated to helping thesis- and dissertation-writing students worldwide!
Drop in at any time for on-demand, informative support:
• Read ASGS articles
about the process and psychology of the thesis. Articles are updated to keep current with the latest advice in the field.
• Contact an ASGS thesis counselor or consultant
to get unstuck, edit your writing, or help analyze your data. Ethical and competent consultants are available to thesis-writing graduate students worldwide. Many ASGS affiliated consultants are former or current professors who advise students at their colleges and universities.
• Post your issues and concerns
to the ASGS blog. The ASGS blog continues our former Doc-Talk forum and is also moderated and anonymous, allowing you to openly share any and all thesis-related concerns and issues.
Most dissertation- (or thesis-) writing graduate students quickly realize the highest hurdles aren’t academic but psychological. Advisors, authors, and consultants address the nitty-gritty of the thesis process, but most focus on the nitty—the specific steps—to the neglect of the gritty—the motivation or “grit.” If advisors do address psychological issues, they do so as an afterthought to tackling the main thesis to-dos. Each mind is unique, so unless your advisor 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 publications address the basic steps of doing dissertations—choosing topics, forming research problems, choosing committees, handling revisions, and so on—articles are written to alert students to the mental 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 advisors more accessible and responsive to these candidates, some still don’t have the support they need to avoid becoming ABDs. ASGS is a web-based resource providing additional specialized support to help students finish.