Thesis Boot Camp

Our Thesis Boot Camp is your opportunity to make some serious progress on your thesis – no sleeping bag required! If you’re hoping to put your best foot forward in 2022 then our six-week Boot Camp will be a perfect start!

The Boot Camp is a little different to our usual courses in that it’s customised to what you need and designed to fit around busy lives. You don’t need to attend at a set time and can work through the material when you have the chance – whether that’s normal working hours or midnight once the rest of the household has gone to bed!

Registering for the Thesis Boot Camp gives you access to the following:

  • Three hours of individual coaching and/or training with Lyn (via Zoom). Weekend and evening times are available.
  • Six weeks access to the Research Accelerator membership.
  • Motivational emails each week to help keep you on track.
  • A boot camp workbook to help you make the most of the six weeks.
  • Access to our most popular courses on productivity and researching/writing effectively - these cover tips for data analysis and writing, managing yourself, and managing your ideas and information.

A key part of the Boot Camp is the three hours you can spend with Lyn – in terms of what you can spend the time on it’s entirely up to you, but the following are options:

  • Setting-up your NVivo project or SPSS data
  • Learning how to use NVivo or SPSS effectively
  • Developing an analysis plan
  • Developing a coding framework for your qualitative analysis
  • Reviewing any analysis conducted so far
  • Discussing your proposed research design
  • Receiving feedback on writing
  • Having weekly or fortnightly check-ins on your progress
  • Discussing your goals and strategies for maximising your time
  • Anything else you would find helpful (or you can ask Lyn for suggestions!)

Who is the course for?


The Boot Camp is suitable for both masters and doctoral students at any stage of the thesis process. Whether you’re feeling lost with your data analysis, suffering from lack of motivation, generally going around in circles or feeling isolated and just need to discuss your research with someone else – the Boot Camp will have something to offer you!

About Lyn


Lyn LaveryLyn has taught research methods and data analysis in New Zealand universities for 20 years. She is an NVivo Platinum Certified Trainer and has previously trained for SPSS NZ, so is confident working across quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods projects. Her own PhD research focused on motivation, time management and information management with postgraduate students, so she’s pretty well placed to help you out with some tips for maximising productivity and reaching your research goals.

The fine print


  • The three hours individual coaching with Lyn must be used within the six-week period of the boot camp.
  • Make sure you give Lyn a bit of a heads up as to when you’d like to meet (ideally meetings will be booked a week ahead of time, but times may be available on short notice).
  • You’ll only have access to the courses while you’re enrolled in the Boot Camp, so you’ll need to make a plan for when you’ll watch the material.
  • At least 24 hours notice must be provided for cancellation/postponement of coaching appointments.
  • Need more time over the six weeks? No problem – additional time with Lyn can be purchased at the regular rate of NZ$209 per hour (GST inclusive).


Course registration


Location Price
Monday 1 August - Sunday 11 September (NZST) Auckland/Online $ 549.00
Location Price
Monday 3 October - Sunday 13 November (NZST) Auckland/Online $ 549.00