Thrive in Your Program.

Reduce Your Stress.

Finish Sooner.

Our mission is to teach graduate students the skillsets they need to complete their programs. We have helped hundreds of graduate students across the world complete their MAs and PhDs. Let us show you how. 

The Grad Academy


The Grad Academy is a face-to-face, empirically-based workshop designed to teach graduate students all of the skills they need to succeed in their programs. That way, they can finally start thinking about how they can make a difference, instead of worrying about how to finish their programs. Our recent research on The Grad Academy has been published in Higher Eduction Research and Development and the Journal of Further and Higher Education.


Master Academic Writing

The Grad Academy teaches graduate students how to craft their academic papers, theses, and dissertations.

Conquer Academic Reading

We teach graduate students the methods to quickly and effectively read and comprehend academic articles and books.

Overcome Impostor Phenomenon

Feeling like a fraud? The Grad Academy teaches graduate students how impostor feelings affect their success and how to overcome them.

Speed up your research

We teach graduate students how to approach research without wasting time drowning in sources.

Selected Partners for Cisco Consulting


Jonathan and Jayme move beyond the mechanics of academic reading and writing. Using methods grounded in research, they facilitate a learning journey that graduate students find transformational. The Grad Academy moves students toward self-efficacy as they learn to master essential scholarship skills. It is an academic reading and writing program without equal.
Robin Walker, PhD

Leadership & Professional Development Programs, University of Missouri, Office of Graduate Studies

Jonathan Cisco is a dynamic presenter who quickly establishes rapport and credibility with his audience.  Graduate students, faculty, and administrators will appreciate learning from him!
Marty Townsend, PhD

Professor Emerita of English, University of Missouri

Hands down the most useful and relevant workshop I have experienced in my grad school journey.


PhD Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum

I learned how to structure my writing, read articles for reviews, and outside resources that can help manage my time and writing so that I can be successful in my graduate program. I feel more confident that I can learn how to write like professionals in my field and publish in a top journal before I finish my program, something I was not sure I could do before The Grad Academy.”


PhD, Management

Every part of that workshop was just jaw-dropping. I thought ‘Oh, my goodness gracious, if I would’ve had this last semester, I would’ve been so much less stressed’!


PhD Political Science

The Grad Academy Online


In addition to our face-to-face workshop, we’ve developed an online version so more graduate students can have access. 

Who Are We?

Jonathan Cisco, PhD

Jonathan Cisco, PhD

Founder, Cisco Consulting

Jonathan is an award-winning presenter in literacy and higher education. He has trained hundreds of graduate students and faculty for success in academia, and he has presented his mixed-methods research across a number of social science conferences. His research has been published in journals such as Higher Education Research and Development, Journal of Further and Higher Education,  Literacy Research and Instruction and Teaching and Learning Inquiry. Jonathan leads Cisco Consulting by providing workshops and one-on-one training for graduate students, post-docs, and faculty.

Jayme Cisco, PhD

Jayme Cisco, PhD

Co-Founder, Cisco Consulting

Jayme is a mixed-methods researcher and teacher in Anthropology and Health Sciences. She has served countless graduate students and faculty in their academic writing, both as editor and one-on-one peer reviewer. Her work has been published in the prestigious journal, Human Nature. Jayme co-facilitates The Grad Academy both face-to-face and online.

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