Struggling with essay writing or research? I also hold a doctorate in existential psychotherapy and have a wealth of experience in academic writing.

 

Research and academic writing can be difficult and isolating. It is often helpful to have another person look at your work, and to discuss any difficulties you are experiencing with it.

 

I offer tuition to students using qualitative research methods, and can provide support and advice in the following areas:

 

  • essay structuring, grammar, prose

  • conducting a literature review

  • defining your research question

  • choosing a method

  • justifying your chosen methodology

  • structuring your thesis

  • reflexivity issues

  • referencing and language

 

My tuition fee is £35 per hour and can take place by phone/skype/email. Please email me if you would like to discuss your project: josephinedaviez@yahoo.co.uk

Links to my writing:

Doctoral Thesis - Middlesex

Lifespan Psychology essay

To achieve, or not to achieve

“We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us” (Joseph Campbell).

 

Having a goal can be a very good thing. It can also mean losing sight of where you are as you focus so hard on where you’re going. And what if it has taken a long time to achieve that goal? Climbing up the career ladder, saving up a certain amount of money, earning a Masters or PhD takes years, not weeks or months. And what if by the time you achieve that goal your initial motivation has changed? You can arrive at where for so long you have been so desperate to get to, and wonder why it doesn’t feel good. In fact feels pretty awful.

 

It is very easy to force yourself to remain where you’ve got to, particularly if it’s job related. After all, you might have student loans to pay off, a family to support, a boss to be grateful to for all the help she’s given you to make your way to your current position. And also you wanted this. So you tell yourself to stop whining, wonder what’s wrong with you, and try with all your might to enjoy this great achievement.

 

So many of us are afraid not only of change, but of having made the wrong choices in life, so we plough ahead on the path that we have already begun furrowing rather than the one that’s unfamiliar and full of obstacles but deeply inviting nevertheless. What we forget is that life is change. We change every day, in every situation and every moment. We are not fixed beings but bundles of energy constantly in flux. We cannot help but change; it is human, given, inevitable.

 

Our task therefore is to be awake to the changes we go through, to assess whether or not we are maintaining a balance between necessity and possibility. To question our motivations and find where our lives give us meaning. To accept that we cannot know how it will feel to achieve something when we first embark on that project. We learn by experience. We do not always have foresight. We make mistakes, or we just discover that what we thought was for us really isn’t. This is not to say that we should be flighty and uncommitted. But that we shouldn’t feel so bad when it turns out that we were mistaken, or have simply achieved something that no longer holds meaning or relevance.

 

It is all good learning. The trick is to remember that, and use it, rather than regret the decisions that we have made, and the paths we have chosen to tread.

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