Without a doubt, a dissertation is the most challenging and lengthy paper a student has to write. However, this doesn’t mean that dissertation writing has to be a painful and unpleasant process – on the contrary, you are able to actually enjoy yourself while writing it.
This seems impossible to you at the moment? Don’t worry: in this article, I’m going to give you some tips on how to write a dissertation easily.
1. Pick the Right Topic.
Picking a topic isn’t easy. Some are too hard to research, some are too broad, some are too narrow, and some don’t look really original. However, try to step away from these limitations for a bit and come up with a topic that actually interests you.
Not all students think this way while picking a topic for their dissertation. Some prefer choosing the ones that look more serious and promising; however, that’s not always a good thing to do. If a topic doesn’t seem interesting to you, you will most likely end up struggling with the whole writing process instead of actually enjoying it.
Try to make the list of topics that actually interest you and then narrow it down to one, based on its popularity and the amount of data you’ll be able to collect for it.
2. Plan Your Research.
We all know that writing a dissertation requires a lot of research. However, you can ease the process greatly simply by planning everything well. It’s unlikely that you’ll find all the necessary books and other information sources in one place. So make the list of the sources you might need and then think of where you can find them.
For example, if you know that most of them can be found in libraries only, you should plan when you’re going to visit these libraries and how much time you’re going to spend there. Doing so will help you structure the whole process better and save more time.
3. Make Notes.
You’re probably going to look through many information sources during the research process. Don’t simply read them and switch to another one: make notes while you read. This will make it easier for you, allowing to highlight the most important parts of each book or article.
4. Save Quotations.
It is very important to use direct quotes in your dissertation. However, not all students are able to come up with an appropriate quote during the writing process. It’s better to find the right quotes during your research, saving them in a separate file. This way you’ll have a list of quotes before you actually start writing and will always be able to choose the most appropriate one.
Moreover, if you save the quotes properly (including the names of the books they are taken from, the number of the page, and so on), you won’t need to look through all the information sources later, trying to remember where this quote comes from.
5. Remember the 10% Rule.
Word count can be both limiting and challenging, depending on a student. That’s why it is so important to ask your supervisor whether the 10% rule can be applied to your dissertation or not.
This rule is simple: it allows you to go both above and below the limit, as long as you don’t exceed the word count by 10%. It might seem like a thing that is not too important, but it can actually save a lot of your time (and words that maybe don’t have to be cut out) later.
6. Plan Your Writing.
Being the most challenging and thorough paper, the dissertation requires appropriate approach. It isn’t a thing that can be written quickly (unless you turn to custom writing services for help) – it requires a lot of work, so the earlier you start and the better prepared you are, the better your dissertation will be.
Plan a number of hours you’re going to dedicate to writing: this can be a couple of hours a day or a couple of days a week, for example. Stick to the plan: if created properly, it could save you a lot of time and nerves, allowing to finish the dissertation before the deadline.
7. Don’t Do It Alone.
Contact your supervisor, ask them questions, ask for their advice. If there is a professor willing to help you, use their help too. Moreover, even your flatmates or college mates can help you, noticing the flaws in time and even offering some valuable ideas. So don’t hesitate to discuss your paper with them.
A dissertation is indeed a serious paper. However, you probably wouldn’t write it if it didn’t seem appealing to you, would you? That’s why don’t forget to focus on the process and enjoy yourself as much as you can. I wish you good luck with that!
Kevin Nelson started his career as a research analyst and has changed his sphere of activity to writing services and content marketing. Currently, Kevin works as a part-time writer at the BreezeWriting. Apart from writing, he spends a lot of time reading psychology and management literature searching for the keystones of motivation ideas. Feel free to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin.