Struggling with your thesis?
Finding it difficult to study at home?
I run online study retreats, drawing from my own experience of researching and writing my PhD thesis, and my years of experience as a coach specialising in higher education settings.
I know exactly what you need to get through this and to get through it triumphantly, all dancing, all singing, happy with the outcome, proud of yourself and knowing you said everything you wanted to say. You want to finish your PhD in style, not in pain.
In my online Study Hub retreats you:
Work in a small, virtual group for support
Have an experienced PhD level coach (me!) mentor you
Take part in innovative motivation and creativity exercises
Participate in structured writing sessions
Are held to account for your time by like-minded peers
You NEED the…
Study Hub is an intense, structured, online study experience
I am online all the time with you and a small group of postgraduate students (either Masters or Doctoral) on Zoom. I guide you through setting your goals for the day, creativity exercises, mind mapping the next thing you are working on, so you can:
Write your chapter or article
Work on a presentation
Actively read something and make notes on it
Anything PhD/Masters related!
Each person gets:
20 minute one-to-one coaching session with me, an accredited coach, experienced writer and academic, in which we will unlock anything holding you back and make a plan for your next steps
Supportive writing atmosphere broken up into blocks of 25 minutes
Technical expertise in qualitative methods
Creativity booster session
Structured day in which you do not burn out and are able to stay focussed for six hours!
A pre-Study Hub Day planning session in which you make specific goals to ensure you get the most from Study Hub Day
The real-time accountability of a group
Encouragement and motivation from a small, focused group
Six hours of supervised writing
I get how demanding it is to complete a PhD. You have to keep exhaustion, procrastination and imposter syndrome at bay.
I have experienced and overcome a sense of paralysis when attempting to write. Part of the secret is to build a support network with your peers, and to write in groups. I distilled what I found worked into Study Hub.
“Study Hub is a great environment to work on my thesis in a positive, productive and supportive atmosphere. I realised there is actual stuff I can do to overcome my writing obstacles and confidence issues.”
An example Study Hub looks like this:
Pre-Study Hub Day planning session: one hour
Pre-session the week before for one hour, where we make sure you have everything on hand for the actual Study Hub Day. I make sure you understand the group ‘rules’, what counts as ‘study’, tips such as planning your lunch and making it the day before, and a plan for what you are actually going to do and what articles and books you need with you. This means we sort out any questions so on the day we don’t miss a single, precious minute.
Study Hub Day: sample six hours
Do you want to try this innovative way of home-working, so you are connecting and accountable to others, and pushing forward in your work?
The next Study Hub is Tuesday 18th May 2021 – 9-3.30pm UK time – pre-session on Monday 17th May, 11am-12 noon
Who is this for?
This is aimed at Masters or PhD students although anyone can join who is studying something.
“Natalie is brilliant. The perfect host of such a day. Pragmatic and creative and no nonsense.”
How much is it?
It is £47 for each standalone term time Study Hub (pre-session and Study Hub Day)
To bulk buy four sessions, to be used in term time, it is £141.
The dates of the sessions to choose from are:
Tuesday 18th May 2021 – 9-3.30pm UK time – pre-session on Monday 17th May, 11am-12 noon
Wednesday 9th June 2021 – 9-3.30pm UK time – pre-session on Tuesday 8th June, 10-11am
Mega Study Hub Three Day Online Retreat:
23rd-25th June 2021 with a pre-session on 15th June 2021.
Tuesday 6th July 2021 – 9-9.30pm UK time – pre-session on Monday 5th July, 11am-12 noon
Friday 6th August 2021 – 9-3.30pm UK time – pre-session on Thursday 5th August, 11am-12 noon
Wednesday 25th August 2021– 9-3.30pm UK time – pre-session on Tuesday 24th August, 10 -11am
Monday 27th September 2021 – 9-3.30pm UK time – pre-session on Friday 24th September, 10-11am
Wednesday 13th October 2021 – 9-3.30pm UK time – pre-session on Tuesday 12th October, 10-11am
Tuesday 2nd November 2021– 9-3.30pm UK time – pre-session on Monday 1st November, 11am-12 noon
Wednesday 24th November– 9-3.30pm UK time – pre-session on Tuesday 23rd November, 10-11am
Please use the paypal link above or email me to make a bank transfer if you prefer.
Fill in the Registration form so I know a bit about you.
You will receive a confirmation email.
If for any reason a session does not go ahead, due to insufficient numbers, then you will receive a full refund.
Mega Study Hub Three Day Online Retreats:
23rd-25th June 2021 with a pre-session on 15th June 2021
Block out three days to devote to your PhD in June 2021.
As well as three back to back ‘usual’ Study Hub days, there are evening sessions on the 23rd and 24th June and ‘til 4pm on 25th June. So block out all day and night on 23rd and 24th June. You will achieve total immersion and flow in your work. Be prepared to get loads done.
The pre-session on 15th June, 10-11am, is optional and will be recorded and sent to you. However, it would be great to get to know you and the group before this time, because, as you know, we dive straight in when the Study Hub starts ‘proper’.
Please click on the Paypal link to pay £175 for the Mega Study Hub
Please click on the Paypal link to pay £175 for the Mega Study Hub
After you have made payment, please register for the Mega Study Hub by completing this form:
You can also suggest to your university that they fund this. If you need help with any forms for this, I will help you. Universities often fund students to go to these sorts of things, just as they would pay for you to go to a conference.
Money Back Guarantee
If you attend all the online hours and you are not satisfied that you have made a lot of progress, you can request a full refund.
“Natalie is brilliant……..
“I valued the impartial fresh set of eyes…
“ I learnt some good tips and techniques….
“ I needed someone to kick my butt and make me actually sit down….
“Thank you so much…
Finished with just over 9 hours to spare.
“Individual coaching time was very helpful….
“I really believe you’re just what I need to help me …
“Study Hub is a great environment to work on my thesis….
“I feel Natalie goes above and beyond…
Our tutorials took place over face time as I live abroad, however, this was not an issue Natalie made me feel at ease and comfortable. Natalie consistently provided fantastic clarity, explaining areas I didn’t understand clearly. For example, literature searches proved difficult for me and Natalie took the time to walk me through the procedure, assisting me in finding some fabulous papers before giving me the next step to take.
She was extremely patient and clear in explaining how to approach my area of study, she quite obviously had a vast knowledge regarding psychology and teaching. As a mature student who had lost their confidence, I felt Natalie’s empathy and support really encouraging - she really gave me the push I needed!
I am genuinely thrilled to bits with her undivided attention and dedication in helping me to both understand my topic thoroughly and attain a mark to be proud of.
As a tutor, I feel Natalie goes above and beyond to help her students succeed and I cannot recommend her highly enough. I will most definitely be calling on her help and indisputable expertise in the near future.
“Your supervision is the best I’ve ever experienced…
Natalie was my supervisor whilst I was writing my second MSc dissertation. Without her depth of knowledge, academic rigour and imagination, I feel my dissertation would not have had the breadth in the subject area, structure and insights it now has. Writing my dissertation became an experience with Natalie, not a process. Her feedback was via Loom (face to face and recorded) and it was prompt and fearless, with her personality and humour in there too.
I never felt she was inhibited about how I was going to hear the feedback. She didn’t waste time on trying to package it. I liked her precision and clear style – it was very motivating. I looked forward to receiving her feedback as I knew as a result of it, my knowledge and research capability was going to increase and my dissertation was going to improve. Natalie’s feedback included structure, order, grammar, subject matter, pairing of ideas, bringing insights to the surface, drawing out my own style, and being braver in my assertions and contribution to the field. Natalie left it up to me as to whether I incorporated her feedback but her feedback was immediate (literally within 4 minutes of sending her something once), instinctive, and grounded in logic and the subject matter so it was difficult not to.
Natalie identified links I hadn’t noticed, and at the same time, was very generous to the work, and appreciated that it was my idea we were trying to craft, and she ensured that that remained the purpose, but took it to a level I hadn’t appreciated. I completed by dissertation whilst working full time and it wouldn’t have worked if I hadn’t experienced her conscientiousness and discipline.
My words to Natalie at the end of my academic journey with Natalie was ‘your supervision is the best I’ve ever experienced, prompt and fearless, exactly what you need to write something worth reading’