Your PhD Coach

Make the most of your investment in your PhD with expert coaching

Welcome to PhD Coaching. I am Dr John McAndrew, and I am the director and coach at PhD Coaching, and I’ve been helping PhD students as an academic, supervisor, examiner, coach and editor for over 20 years.

I offer friendly, competitive and professional coaching, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

You can benefit from my experience in the following areas:

    • Supervising and examining PhD theses
    • English academic skills
    • Thesis planning
    • Working with candidates for whom English is a second language
    • Thesis editing and proofreading
    • Academic publication
    • Communicating with your supervisor

I supply you with resources to help you understand exactly what is required at each stage of the PhD process, and I edit your work within your university’s and the Institute for Professional Editor’s guidelines (up to 6,000 words/month–see Fees for details). We focus together on your specific needs and find the answers to your issues and problems so as to build your own skill sets and resources.

My academic publications include books, chapters, journal articles and conference proceedings. I am a professional member of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), and a reviewer for the journal Applied Linguistics.

I hold a BSc psychology (Hons), London University, master’s in applied linguistics (TESOL), Macquarie University, and a PhD in applied linguistics, Macquarie University. I am currently enjoying studying my master’s in creative writing at Newcastle University.

I have wide academic experience working with postgraduate students in Australian universities and internationally, including the following:

    • Postgraduate English and academic skills curriculum designer, Griffith University, Gold Coast.
    • Postgraduate student learning advisor, RMIT University, Melbourne.
    • PhD supervisor, examiner, and lecturer in applied linguistics, Macquarie University, Sydney.
    • Assoc. Professor, Dept. of English, Siebold University of Nagasaki, Japan.

A little bit about me as well: When I’m not PhD coaching or editing (see, I enjoy meditation practice, music, and 5Rhythms dance. I’m also currently halfway through my master’s in creative writing–so good to be a student again!–focusing on poetry and life writing.

“Great to chat with you today. The atmosphere is very friendly, and you’re easy-going and very nice. No matter what I ask you, you are always smiling to me. The solution that you gave me is the target of my problem. I like the metaphor of grouping the literature review in the way that a dinner party host can invite guests who are important and position them as he or she thinks.”

Hao Wang, PhD candidate, Griffith University, Australia

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