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A guest post by Tom Jager
Dissertation is a union card that allows the entry into the family of academics and scholars. Certainty, creating this card is a challenging project that many students dread because most of them have not had a chance to engage in such a lengthy writing piece that above all, should be defended. Indeed, a dissertation project is daunting but all scary things that students say about it are not as scary as they are in real life. Fortunately for us, lots of students have already gone down this road, so we can learn from their experience and come up with some great tips.
What drives us back?
Before we start, we have to understand one critical thing. The most challenging aspect that hinders successful completion of dissertation for most people is mental preparedness. Let us walk you through. A dissertation is most likely the biggest project that you have attempted in your life, so feeling a little bit intimidated is a completely natural thing. For example, have you ever done the research for 200 pages before? Or maybe you stayed up at night to complete the chapter that just did not want to be finished?
Let’s look at the other side in this process. Before you received your task to write a dissertation, you have written lots of research papers, essays, reports, presentations, and other works that touched upon various areas of your studies. A dissertation is essentially the final stage, a compilation of many other previous papers that you have written. Therefore, finishing a dissertation becomes the matter of perseverance because you have done this before, you just have to polish it in a more sophisticated fashion.
Why many People fail Dissertations?
Problem A. The whole project may seem too difficult and overwhelming. Solution: of course it is difficult! But this is not the reason to abandon it. The best way to complete the project is to break it into small pieces that you can easily manage.
Problem B. The deadlines of the project are unclear. Solution: why not develop an implementation plan that will have you writing parts in specific timeframes? For example, plan to finish the literature review in three days in your plan and stick to it.
Problem C. I can’t do it, I am not a scholar! Solution: of course you are! Think about tons of assignments that you have done, they have got to count for something. Once again, break your project into manageable chunks and work slowly but surely.
Let’s be perseverant and organized because we are about to embark on a journey that will get us our access to the world of scholars. To continue to display these qualities, we need to choose the right topic that will keep us motivated to persevere. That’s why the topic should touch upon things that you are really passionate about. It’s much easier to write about something you care about than a boring topic, right?
Next, ask your professor to advance the topic that you like through analyzing its “do-ability.” Writing experts say that good dissertation topic needs to be sufficiently narrow and address specific problems. If you select a topic that is too broad, 200 pages might not be enough to cover everything, says Chris Johnson from Proessaywriting.
Finally, organization. A good outline is critical because it will guide you through the various stages of the project implementation. It usually consists of chapters that describe background of the study, literature review, methodology, results, and discussion. Having a look at how other scholars did it might be useful here because it would provide you with an example of a good work. Or, you may simply turn to reliable Internet sources that describe how to write a dissertation outline.
*You can read Pt. 2 here