I offer an introductory session (free of charge and with no further obligation) via Skype or FaceTime to allow you to decide if absolute mentoring is right for you. After this session I will provide you with a useful article which draws on my experience as a marker (again free of charge and with no obligation) to help you choose the appropriate topic for your Research and Analysis project.
If you have already chosen your topic then we can either start to look at your Research Objectives or I can address the Skills and Learning Statement (the SLS is something that is so frequently overlooked by both students and mentors and yet if failed will mean that you have to pay the full Oxford Brookes resubmission fee – currently GBP 340 to have it marked and passed before you will get your degree). Thinking about the SLS early on means that instead of this being an irksome chore that you only think about at the end just before submitting when your time is precious and you might be feeling overwhelmed, you will have already prepared for it and it will be a simple task to complete.
I am confident that the Introductory session will demonstrate to you the level of care and skill I possess in guiding you towards producing a successful project. However you then have the opportunity to decide for yourself if you want us to move forward together on your ‘RAP journey’.
What’s more my package is VERY competitive and compares exceptionally favourably with most UK mentors – none of which have ever been on the marking team and who obviously are not able to assess your work with the same expert eye of an experienced marker. I also limit the number of students I an take on to ensure quality assurance.
Email me for details via the contact page!
If you elect to have me as your mentor then there will be a minimum* of three further meetings (Skype or FaceTime):
First Meeting – to discuss your topic choice and to consider your objectives what research it will require; hints on how to research effectively and what sort of data you will need to produce for your analysis and evaluation
Second Meeting – to review your progress and critically appraise what you have done – in particular your analytical techniques including ways to improve and strengthen your evaluation. I shall specifically be looking at information gathering and referencing too to ensure you are likely to satisfy the assessment criteria for this along with evaluation and help you to overcome any difficulties or misunderstandings that you have with regard to these important aspects of your work.
Third Meeting – (after reading and commenting on your final draft) to listen to and watch your slide presentation and make and ask appropriate comments and questions. Your opportunity too to ask final questions related to your work.
‘Sign off’ your work and, after your submission confirm to Oxford Brookes that I have mentored you and that you presented your slides to me.
Throughout you will be supplied with expert guidance and email support that will be tailored to you as an individual: I shall be there (just an email or phone call away) helping you to recognise your weaknesses and to ease your worries and ensure that you focus on what is important.
Your Research & Analysis project need not be a stressful experience if you choose me and absolute mentoring because you will be in the hands of an expert who understands the Assessment Criteria literally ‘inside-out’ !
* If I think you are struggling then rather than leave you feeling frustrated then I would rather have a further meeting(s) to ensure that you feel happy and confident about your work (these further meetings are at my discretion).
At the final review of your work I will assess it wearing my ‘marker-hat’. If I think it meets Assessment Criteria I will agree to sign it off and for you to submit. If it doesn’t then I will recommend deferral until the next session (so that you do not waste your time and money on submitting as there is little point if it is likely to fail paying the GBP 340 submission fee).
Although I will of course sign-off work if the student insists on submitting in spite of being informed that is unlikely to fulfil all the Assessment Criteris this will mean that my Resubmission Guarantee will not apply.
Resubmission Guarantee: Provided a student follows the mentoring programme through to the end and implements all of the advice given, then I am so confident that the project will pass that in the unlikely event that it doesn’t, I will continue mentoring for free until it does. This even also extends to those who enrol for resubmissions and have previously used a different mentor- provided you complete your resubmission mentee programme with me and follow my guidance and allow me to review your final draft you will only ever pay one mentoring fee to me.
***** MY PRICING POLICY *****
As I believe that the best RAPs are those that are NOT done in a hurry and because I want to help as many students as possible to achieve a pass at the first attempt I offer a special ‘Early Bird’ rate of GBP 310 for the FULL mentoring package (representing a 25% discount off the normal rate of GBP415) for students who agree to start and finish their work early. Preference will always be given to students choosing Topic 17 (as this is my specialist topic area), but other topics are available (although this does NOT include Topic 8*). In Period 37 all of my mentees submitting on Topic 17 were successful at their first attempt!
For Period 39 I am making the Early Bird Offer available again (the conditions will be starting work before or by 15 July and agreeing to complete by 30 September latest). I am already reserving places as there was high demand for this offer in Period 38, so contact me by email via my contact page to register your interest in this. (There is a provision for students starting as ‘Early Birds’ to upgrade to a later completion date on paying the difference between the Early Bird rate and the normal fee – however the offer is intended to help students both produce their reports in good time and to save them money!)
Normal rates for resubmissions start at GBP 245 for marginal fails (normally just one element of the Assessment Criteria failed). However please note that as ‘Evaluation, Analysis and Conclusions’ is the key element of every report a failure for this component is not considered ‘marginal’.
*I have chosen not to mentor Topic 8 at all – however I do have a former colleague on the Marking Team who may be able to take students on, so please contact me if you are interested in doing Topic 8 and I can forward your details to her (rates are similar to mine).
VAT: As I am not registered for VAT the above are the prices you will pay, (however if your company is paying your mentoring fee I am able to provide you with an invoice for this purpose).
It is important to recognise that the Research and Analysis project must be your own work. My aim is to provide you with all the direction, help with research and analytical skills and advice necessary so that you can approach the work confidently and actually enjoy doing the work. This way you will learn both great academic and practical skills so that should you wish to proceed to a higher degree (such as a Masters or perhaps the Oxford Brookes MBA) you will already possess the necessary graduate skills to undertake independent research, critical thinking and have a good grounding in referencing. You will have also learned how to structure and put together a good management style report and slide presentation so that you can build on such skills in your future career.
Whether you choose me and absolute mentoring or any other mentor you need to be confident that their expertise and guidance falls within the accepted standards for academic work and within student regulations.
My mentoring will adhere to the best academic standards and as a professional I adopt a zero tolerance of deliberate malpractice and misconduct.
Cheating, copying, collusion, plagiarism and falsifying data are all serious breaches of the Student Regulations and as a professional I will never condone such behaviour. The mentoring relationship will be terminated should evidence of any such misconduct be apparent and no fees already paid will be refundable and in those circumstances the guarantee of ongoing mentoring will become null and void.
However this unhappy situation should hopefully never arise as with expert guidance and a sensible mutually agreed timetable for the stages in your work there should be no reason to breach the student rules and rely on acquiring the work of other students or use a writing service – you should be able to complete your project successfully yourself. What’s more you will emerge proud of all your achievements!
What you may find when considering other mentors is that their approach is completely different from mine. Often, because mentors are too keen to get their students to pass (regardless of how this is achieved), University student regulations are overlooked, corners cut and it can be debatable in the end as to who has actually done most of the work – the student or the mentor? Not only does the student emerge with little or no appreciation of what good research and objective analysis entails (and therefore even as a graduate they are badly equipped going forward), such cases may sometimes end in the work being referred to the Academic Conduct Office (ACO) for further investigation. This means that the student’s result is deferred pending an ACO decision and possible penalty.
This can be an agonising stage (as it can last for several months) for the student and cause extra stress and making it difficult for them to carry out their job effectively in the work place or concentrate on preparing for exams. Many cases each session end with the work being given a zero grade (a fail for every section) and in some cases a Penalty Resubmission fee being imposed (meaning that if you then wish to resubmit you will have to pay double the normal amount). It is vital therefore that you ensure that your mentor not only possesses the appropriate skills but that they have total integrity and adopt an ethical approach to guiding and directing your work.