The Essentials Of Writing Your Dissertation: Expert Hints
If you have already asked your professor about everything you need to know before getting started on your dissertation, but you still feel a little lost, no worries! It’s completely normal to be a little confused, especially if this is your first-ever thesis. Here are some hints that had helped us when we were in your dilemma.
- Look at similar topics: There’s no shame in looking at other people’s works that are similar to yours if you’re feeling lost. We’re not asking you to plagiarize it of course, but the general outline and approach will be of major help to emulate. Your research does not have to be limited to other dissertations; you can skim whole research books for inspiration.
- Pick an interesting topic: This is in case your professor has yet to pick a topic for you, which is most likely optional. Whatever you choose needs actually to be an intriguing subject of matter and not a random topic no one has ever researched about before. However, you need to stay away from anything too complex, or you might take longer than intended.
- Timetable: This is something that you need to make for yourself and the committee members. It gives them a sense of commitment and makes those in charge of you believe you’re a manageable individual who knows what you’re doing. Always give yourself extra time to do everything needed, and stay away from unrealistic schedules. You might think they will be a reason to motivate you, but they might end up doing the complete opposite and stress you out more than they should.
- Edit, edit, and edit some more: You will never craft an impeccable piece of research as soon as you finish it. It needs to be gone over a multitude of times before you will actually be satisfied, so that is something else that needs to be borne in mind and made time for. This is especially necessary if you’re preparing an Applied Arts dissertation.
- Know everything will go just fine: Yes, you’re nervous, and you’re already thinking of terrifying scenarios in your head about how this could go wrong, and how overwhelming it will be and that you might not have enough time. But it’s all natural, and it will go fine. If you don’t succeed the first time, a second edit will be a sure thing.
We hope this was of help, and we cannot hear about your raging success. Remember not to freak out no matter how overwhelmingly stressful things get. It’s all part of the deal, and we have all gone through it only to receive a staggering certificate that we now hang on our walls.