7 hints for writing a solid dissertation

Once you have embarked on writing your thesis it will be part of your life for a long time so the topic has to be interesting to you.

Solid Topic.

  • Unless you already have a plan you may need to have a look at a few lists to give you some inspiration.
  • Your tutor/professor can be a good source but they may also be giving the same ideas to the other students.
  • Have a look through your course notes to see if there is anything that you found motivating at the time.
  • If you use an academic search engine to find lists of potential topics. Use key words to search websites. Find 2 or 3 topics that may be of interest to you. Make a decision based on brainstorming some ideas.

Solid Hypothesis

  • Once you have got your topic area, you need to formulate your Hypothesis. This sometimes takes a bit of time.
  • If you have chosen a popular topic for your dissertation you may decide to focus on a slightly different slant.
  • Remember that the words you use to describe your hypothesis may change during your writing but this does not mean that the focus of the work changes.
  • The more you talk about your work the easier it gets to describe the focus of your work. The words that you use will become more focussed and appropriate.

Solid Help

  • Talk to your tutor/professor about your choice of topic. They may be able to offer some further suggestions.
  • Before you meet with your tutor/professor make a list of what you need to discuss with them. Better still email them with the discussion points so as they have chance to think about their response before you meet.
  • If you think that you many need some help getting your writing in a logical order see if you can talk to a Learning Support Tutor.
  • There are several websites that offer one-to-one support for students. Their advice may be free.

Solid Examples

  • It is always a good idea to look at a few examples before you start writing your dissertation, that way you know what you want to achieve.
  • Ask your tutor/professor if they have some examples of a range of examples i.e. good, exceptional and poor.
  • You can also ask at your school or college library as they may have some examples or be able to sign post you.
  • Look online, there are several websites that can provide you with free examples, (some of which may be annotated).

Solid Research

  • You will need to make sure that you have access to online school and college libraries as well as physically researching in a library. Pay attention to the abstracts.
  • Look for supporting evidence from books. Also look at Journals in your subject area as many of the appropriate articles may be peer reviews.
  • Make sure that you have a copy of the primary evidence that you will be targeting, as you will be referring to this continually.
  • When researching, take notes. This is a must because when you start writing you will know exactly where any citation has its origins and you will be going down the path of unwitting plagiarism.

Solid Gold Planning

  • Look carefully at the instructions you have been given about completion of your work.
  • Adhere to the referencing format that you need to use and word count.
  • Get your diary out and start to work in all the milestones that you will need.
  • Don’t leave anything to the last minute.

Solid Gold Editing

  • Make sure that you leave enough time to read through your work on a regular basis.
  • Make changes as you work your way through.
  • Don’t rely entirely on the spellcheck! It can learn some of your bad habits e.g. when typing ‘for’ it may come out as ‘fro’.
  • Ideally when you think that you have finished, get a proof reader.

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