PhD Coaching: A Personal Trainer For Your PhD

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The solution to poor supervision

Do you need more focused PhD supervision?

We can help.


Do you wish you had more focused, targeted PhD supervision? Someone to brainstorm with, run ideas by and get advice from? Someone to keep you accountable?

You’re not alone. We can help. 

With your very own PhD personal trainer, you’ll get the support and guidance you need. You’ll enjoy a truly bespoke service, so whether you need an accountability partner, a writing coach, someone to check chapter outlines, or someone to offer intense supervision, we’ll help.

We’ll do whatever it takes to help you write more, worry less and graduate sooner.



“I feel like you truly operate to genuinely help students be successful in their research. My coach was thorough in their work and not only showed me the corrections but taught me to see the errors myself. Their descriptions and clarifications taught me what to look for, helping me learn to become a better scholar. They made me realise how much more interesting and fun my project could have been had I had more guidance from the beginning. My only regret is that I did not reach out to you sooner.”

Ben – John Hopkins University
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Offering the guidance and support you need to navigate your PhD

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Bespoke support for your PhD

The challenges you face are unique. That’s why we start with a free phone consultation, so you can tell us what’s holding you back and we can explain how we’ll help. Together, we’ll design a programme that matches your needs. Arrange your free, no-obligation phone consultation now.

A dedicated PhD expert on your side

We’re the experts in planning, structuring and writing PhDs and we’ve all been where you are. That means you’ll be getting the right support from people who understand the pressure you’re under and know exactly what’s required. 

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The support you've been dreaming of

The programme we’ll design with you will address all of the challenges you face. If necessary, we’ll provide feedback on written work, provide video or phone based coaching, offer check-in accountability sessions or offer email support. Every programme is different, but each one is designed to maximise your results.  

Structured discussions that'll boost your progress

Most of our support will come through video or phone-based coaching, during which we’ll offer you the kind of support a great supervisor should offer. We’ll challenge you, make you think, teach you and provide you with all the resources you need to overcome your PhD hurdles. 

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A flexible programme geared towards success

Everything we do is directed at teaching you the skills you need to progress more quickly and confidently through your PhD. It’s entirely on your terms, and built around your needs.

We can offer once-off support, or arrange an ongoing relationship. 


Support for every stage of the PhD journey  

Our PhD personal training is bespoke, so you get support for the issues you face. During your free, no-obligation phone consultation you’ll get the chance to talk through your problems and we can design a programme to suit you.

Our typical programmes include many of the following:

Help developing chapter outlines
Feedback on draft chapters
Advice on how to structure chapters
Coaching on stress and anxiety
Coaching to improve your writing
Accountability partnerships
Checking post-viva corrections
Help create research proposals

Meet Professor Jane Creaton – Your PhD Coach

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Professor Jane Creaton

Think of me as a personal trainer for your PhD marathon. I’m here to guide you, coach you, keep you accountable and help you cross the finish line. I’ll challenge you, motivate you and make sure you’re going in the right direction.

I am Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the University of Portsmouth, and have researched and published on professional doctorates and the mental health and wellbeing of postgraduate researcher students. I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2019 for my work on doctoral education, and have worked with hundreds of doctoral students through workshops, writing retreats and one-to-one coaching and mentoring sessions.

My experience tells me that, with my encouragement, you’ll grow in confidence as you reach each milestone on the path to completing your PhD.

The service I offer is flexible and personalised. That means two things. First, there are no minimum contracts and there are no set hours per week. You can have as many sessions as you want, and for as long and often as you like. You’re also free to end the sessions whenever you want to – you’re not locked in.

Second, the service addresses your pain points and your current struggles. Each PhD student has different needs, so I’ll listen carefully to what yours are and then provide the guidance to overcome them. You may have read many general self-help books, but I’m offering personal, customised support.

The initial step is an introductory Zoom call, which often lasts about 30 minutes. However, the first 15 minutes are complimentary, so if we talk for 30 minutes, you’ll only pay for 15. During that call, I’ll explain my background and approach to coaching. You’ll have a chance to let me know what your expectations and hopes are and what challenges you’re facing, and we can make a plan for future sessions. The length and frequency of meetings will be up to you, with your budget in mind. Some clients like shorter but more frequent calls, whereas others prefer longer working sessions. We can discuss options, but you choose. Scroll down to share some info and book onto a call. 


“I originally reached out to the PhD Proofreaders team after learning I would need to retake my comprehensive exam course. I knew the second time around I needed more support and someone who paid close attention to detail. After coming across The PhD Proofreaders during my search, I submitted a formal inquiry and received almost an immediate response. Max reached out to me and inquired about my needs. He assigned me to someone he believed would best meet my needs. I am extremely grateful for Max’s discernment that day as he paired me with an amazing writing coach…I look forward to a continued relationship with The PhD Proofreaders as they have given me the honesty, kindness, support, and tools to succeed! Thank you so much for supporting me during this journey!”
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“The PhD Proofreaders have saved my life….The last few weeks I have been under so much pressure with PhD deadlines and Elizabeth was there for me every step of the way. The zoom calls were fun and the feedback on my writing was just what I needed to motivate and inspire me. Thank you for your kindness, your patience, for believing in me and for giving me the confidence to get my work done.”
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Your first 15 minutes are free. After that, we charge two rates:

 Organise your free intro session today…

To get started, please fill out the form below. This is your chance to let us know more about you, your PhD, and your pain points. All of your information is treated confidentially and you’re not committing to anything at this stage. Once you’ve submitted the form, we’ll be in touch to book your free intro session.