I have purchased the ' Personalized Back Cover' option and this is the text that should appear at the back cover of my book: Is there room for yet another book on PhD-writing? Yes there is. Most of the available publications on this topic are contributions from professional academics, written from the perspective of supervisors or examiners rather than from that of successful candidates. Most of them are too long and not always user-friendly, while their approach is, more often than not, too scientific to be accessible to the average candidate. It is with these considerations in mind that the author, an average doctoral candidate who wrote his PhD thesis while working full-time, submitting his written work for examination within 24 months of becoming registered as a research student in one of the UK's top Law Schools, set out to write this book, which is, uniquely, written from a student's perspective. What makes of this work an original contribution is not the novelty of the topic addressed in it but, rather, its brevity, its practical approach, its simplicity, the background of its author (a recent, successful PhD candidate) and the motivation of its author: to help candidates complete their PhD thesis in under three years, as the author of this book did. This short book contains a wealth of practical advice and guidance on the issues involved in conceptualizing, organizing and writing your doctoral thesis so that you can increase your chances of surviving the ordeal of PhD thesis writing with the least amount of pain and with the minimum investment in terms of the time and effort spent pursuing your objective.
Writing a research thesis can be a long, lonely, and daunting journey for many graduate scholars. It is not uncommon to hear of PhD and Master's students giving up halfway… but this fate does not need to befall you. This book provides the necessary cognitive toolkits to help you chart your research destiny and to help you strategise and overcome many of the challenges that graduate scholars experience in their research journey. You may be able to save hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars along the way. What people are saying about the book “Every page of Dr. Yoong’s book brought back memories of my Ph.D. program in the early 1970 at a Midwestern U.S. university. More specifically, it brought back memories of fellow students who did not complete the program. Reading this book before or during their studies would have helped many of them be successful. I hope to ensure that students entering our Ph.D. program read this publication. It would be even more beneficial if they read it before making a decision to pursue a doctorate.” Professor Dr. Douglas A. Boyd Emeritus Professor of Communication University of Kentucky Lexington, KY, U.S.A. “In 3 Years for a PhD? Professor Yoong provides a highly accessible reflection and practical guide through the journey of a PhD. Drawing from personal experience undertaking his PhD in Australia and as a supervisor, the book takes us through the personal and intellectual attributes required and developed in undertaking a PhD, as well as the people encountered at various stages on the way to completing a successful thesis and embarking on a research career. I really enjoyed the book, it is written in an accessible style with many of the points often not addressed in this kind of book.” Professor Dr. Richard Fitzgerald Research Committee Chair Department of Communication University of Macau, China “I wish I could have read this book during my doctoral study! Dr Yoong’s personal and professional expertise and insights into his research and supervision experiences are fruitful and relevant to those who plan to undertake their research endeavours. Despite the ups and downs of your research journey, this book is definitely your great companion to guide you until the end of the tunnel.” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Singhanat Kenny Nomnian Deputy Director for Communication and Academic Services Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia Mahidol University, Thailand “This is a book for any graduate student who is in a stare-down contest with their MA thesis or PhD dissertation. David Yoong has been there, and he did more than live to tell the tale: He has also gone on to coach many others to completion. If you are looking for a companion and guide to walk you through the rough patches, then pick up this heartfelt and insightful manual. It is written for you.” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jamin Pelkey Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Ryerson University, Canada "This is one little book every graduate student should read before embarking on a new journey of writing a thesis. It will save them a lot of time and tears." Professor Dr. Kenichi Namai School of International Liberal Studies Waseda University, Japan