for all-but-dissertation students who feel they are left to sink or swim...

As an editor, I was throwing in the life-saver float ring. 

Now I come out with a speedboat and a world-class rescue team. 

What my clients say about me:

“People would kill for your skill set.”

— Willo Rodriquez, ABD current client, Director of Aquatics, West Valley College


"To say that Ardell was an excellent resource to me during the finalization of my dissertation is an understatement. Two of my cohort members recommended Ardell as efficient, thorough, and professional. When I reached out to Ardell for assistance, rather than try to "sell" me on her services she focused on what I was in need of. Ardell's services were well worth the cost. She even found a methodological error that my advisor had missed, which my advisor agreed was necessary to change. Although I'm a tenured professor, I needed an expert in APA. After my final defense, I submitted my dissertation to the APA review committee and after one review I was approved to submit and publish. Should anyone have any questions about my review, feel free to reach out to me: dalia1575 @ gmail.com." —Dalia Juarez, Ed.D., Associate Professor of English at Compton College

Why I’m good at what I do:

  • I have the knowledge of an academic insider, but I now choose to work on the students’ side rather than on the academic payroll. 
  • I’ve edited and/or coached over 400 theses and dissertations. 
  • I have the research background to fill in when your advisor is unavailable; I can  guide you in accommodating his or her preferences.
  • I am detail-oriented and methodical, with language scores off the charts.
  • I take the load off you as I start wherever you are in the process and take on whatever tasks aren’t your specialty.
  • I limit the number of clients I take on so that I can clients the intense focus needed for the quickest possible progress.
  • Within the bounds of academic ethical norms, I can be a "general contractor" or project manager to set up the support services you need.

These are the clients I am in the best position to help:

  • Your department requires APA style. 
  • You have a demanding schedule that has not allowed for quick progress on the comps or dissertation. 
  • By graduating sooner, you will make up the editing cost through tuition you save or a pay increase you will sooner gain.
  • You are enthusiastic about your mission-driven topic and have an interest in promoting your ideas.
  • You have found that your advisor is either over-extended or has a conflict of interest such as being paid per semester whether you progress or not.
  • You understand that some of the dissertation process is a political jumping thru hoops and you could use help with that.