A dissertation is a very big project that is going to define your academic career. Most people hinge their passing or failing on their dissertation, which is why it is so important. Here are a few tips to guide you on your way.
Start the same day the dissertation writing assignment is set
This is great advice for a number of reasons. For a start, when you are set your assignment your professor will have just spent a lot of time giving you information about the project. You will still have this data fresh in your mind when you start working that night. You can integrate as much into your plan as possible if you at least make a start on the same day your assignment is set.
There is also a massive psychological bonus to starting right away. Firstly, as you make your essay plan and list your notes you discover that writer’s block (both then and later on) is not a problem. Plus, in your mind it is far, far easier to put off a task that has not been started yet. It is far easier if in your mind you have started the project and it is now classified as an unfinished task. Even starting the note taking or planning process on the day the assignment is set is going to help you avoid an awful lot of procrastination.
Write sections as you research
This is a strange idea, but as you take notes you should also write small sections of your paper. Call them modules as it makes it easier to visualize for what they are. They are like puzzle pieces that you can slip into your work at a later date in order to skim a few more points for a higher grade.
Writing larger sections whilst still researching is inefficient, since new research and ideas should be integrated into your plan so that you can work on them later and build them into your project as a whole. Still, you will find that writing the occasional snippet of your dissertation whilst still researching is a good idea and when you integrate those snippets into your dissertation you will discover that they do not need rewording as much as you thought they would.
Take extensive notes on research so you may add them in later
How you research and take notes is important. It is suggested that you write smaller bullet point notes so that you can use them later in the planning and then writing process. Instead of writing larger notes which are harder to build into your plan, you write bullet point notes and indicate where further details may be found.
If you think you have just found a very good point or piece of evidence, then summarize it with a bullet point note and then put the text book and text book pages next to the note so that you know where to go to get extra details on the point you are going to make.
Plan your project and your timeline
Planning your dissertation is very important because it will help to keep you on track; it helps to keep your work relevant and helps you create a more balanced piece of work. Plan from the beginning and make sure you put a timeline into it so you can see if you are behind on your dissertation or ahead of yourself.
Ask for help when you need it
A dissertation is a hard piece or work and a lot can go wrong. If you are in any doubt then contact us as soon as possible so they may take over your project. They can work from scratch or pick up where you left off.