And what will you do about support? Are you going to isolate yourself increasingly from other students? Are you going to avoid your professor and other students because it's unbearably embarrassing to report how little progress you have made? Or will you find (or organize) some sort of dissertation support group and meet regularly with your advisor?
Many bright and otherwise capable graduate students somehow reach a "deadlock" while working through the dissertation process. Some students feel overwhelmed by the size or scope of this academic task. Many experience difficulties balancing their competing personal, professional and academic roles. Others may appear to procrastinate due to actual underlying concerns about graduating and facing the "real" world. Whatever the reason, this "deadlock" problem plagues graduate students everywhere. Because of the pervasiveness of this "dissertation deadlock problem," staff at the Learning Assistance Service has developed dissertation support groups specifically designed to help students:
Getting it Done: Thesis/Dissertation Support Group
A dissertation support group also provides students with the opportunity to practice developing clarity and rigor in their study. Having to present and defend your ideas before an audience is a solid way to bring strength to a dissertation study.