What To Keep In Mind While Writing A Thesis
Not many people write a dissertation. First of all you have to go to university and obtain a degree. Those who do get into university and graduate will not necessarily continue with further education. Some will and some of those will go on and complete a PhD. If you get only one piece of advice remember this -- it will be a long and difficult task.
Then of course we always talk about the importance of choosing the right topic when you're doing an essay in your high school and early university days. We talk about the fact that you should be keen on the topic or have some prior knowledge of the topic or will want to do further study in greater detail later on. And that type of philosophy applies equally well when choosing a topic for your dissertation. A major difference here of course is that you will spend time, a great deal of time, with your supervisor. Needless to say what you must keep uppermost in your mind is your choice of topic. Get that right and the actual writing becomes so much easier.
Make it Enjoyable
Anyone who has completed a major thesis will tell you that it's a long hard grind. But now you know that to be the case, look for ways to make your research and writing in dealing with your supervisor as enjoyable as possible. It's not a holiday or a party and I'm not suggesting that is the case. But if you can lighten the load by making the time you spend with people discussing your dissertation and the time you spend researching and writing the work, then try to be as relaxed and friendly as possible. If so then the time spent on producing this academic material will go faster and be easier.
Procrastination is the thief of time
Once you have your thesis topic approved and you are ready to start work, you will have a finish date in mind. It might be that you need an extension to the finish or it might be that things go well and finish ahead of time. But whatever happens it's vitally important that you do not put off doing the work. You need a plan and that plan is to have a variety of milestones. This makes it easy to check your progress. By the time you get to the first month you will have completed such and such a task. By the end of the third month you will have completed another specific task. You are able to look at your plan, at your progress and see if you are on track. The more you put off doing various tasks are harder they become.
Research well and guard well
The key to your success in writing well is the raw material from which to draw your ideas and information. You want to plan your topic so that you are sure there is sufficient research material which is easily accessible. All of this is done in the pre-writing stage in discussions with your supervisor. So you need to research widely and well. There is such a thing as background information but you want to keep your goals as specific as possible. You don't get a good mark for having a list of reference material which goes for pages and pages. Your examiner will be impressed by your writing as set out in your thesis.
But having spent a great deal of time researching and taking relevant notes, is wasted unless you are well organized and you are able to protect the data you have gathered. You are making a rod for your own back if you do not have a good filing system and a secure place in which to retain your data. Obviously you will back up the material you commit to your digital storage. But you must also keep the backup copy in a safe and secure place. This is a long-term project and you need to think of it on those grounds.