About Foeke van der Zee (founder of research coaches)
In 2014, Foeke van der Zee started coaching students who encountered difficulties in completing their bachelor’s or master’s thesis due to a lack of research skills or knowledge of statistics. The number of students increased every year. In 2018 and 2019, about two hundred students asked him for his support.
The ease with which he can help the students is the result of his vision on research and how it should be conducted. In 2005 and 2010 he had already published books on this vision. Applying his method, will turn research into a very clear process. Moreover, the model describes easy-to-grasp activities and when these activities are carried out properly, the quality of the research will increase considerably. The model can be used for both qualitative and quantitative research. Furthermore, the scientific discipline does not matter. The model can be used in medicine, psychology, business sciences, dentistry and biology. The model is universally applicable.
The Dutch site
To help students acquire research skills, Foeke van der Zee founded a company called ‘Hulp bij Onderzoek’. Directly translated into English this means ‘Help with Research’. A website was made with a lot of information: commonly used terms are explained in an online dictionary, procedures are explained in papers with manuals, videos show how the statistical calculations are done and how to perform statistical analyses in SPSS. Many students use this information and many teachers advise their students to visit this site because of the high quality of information that it provides. It helps students in the Netherlands learn how to do proper research.
The international site
Not only in the Netherlands, but all over the world, students encounter problems when doing research. They should be helped too. That is why a new website has been created called research-coaches.com. On this site, students are able to find the information they need to learn research skills and, if necessary, get help from experts. Just like on the Dutch site, this is done by explaining the terms related to research and statistics in a dictionary, by providing manuals and instruction videos. The new site is even more extensive than the Dutch one.
Likewise the Dutch site, advice can be sought from other members of the community and help can be given from specialists, preferably in the native language of the student.
Research is important
I hope this site will help you to learn how to do proper research. It is my opinion that everything mankind has made has been researched before. So, in creating a better world for us all, you should learn how to do research.
I wish you the best of luck with your research!
Foeke van der Zee
Founder of Research-Coaches.com