What do they have to say?
Past students have bared all online to share their tips and advice when it comes to dissertation writing.
We’re going to look at some recurring points that have emerged to leave you feeling more confident (and better prepared) to submit a stellar thesis.
So, whether you’re lacking confidence, feeling overwhelmed, or simply need a few little pointers – this is a must-read for you!
Check out what helped these students through the stressful situation of dissertation writing and submitting.
Ready? Let’s go!
1. Your life will change, learn to deal with it
Think you can carry on the rest of your life as normal whilst your dissertation writing happily runs on the side-lines?
I hate to break it to you, but you’d be wrong!
Any student who tells you they successfully balanced their social life, outside commitments, and all other university work during dissertation writing season is either:
- Lying – sorry to put it so bluntly, but it’s simply not possible.
- Not bothered about passing their course whatsoever or…
- Superman (We know you wish this was true, but you need to accept that you’re not fated to be a superhero.)
The first step to ensuring you can ace your dissertation writing is to learn to live with the fact that the rest of your life will basically be put on hold!
You will live and breathe your dissertation, and your entire existence will become solely purposed to focus on its completion.
Despite this, it’s really not as scary as it seems! It’s a few months of your life that will fly by in a hurricane of words, and the result at the end will make it all worthwhile.
2. The only person to compare yourself to is you
Would we be wrong is assuming that the majority of you have at some point asked your friends something along the lines of, “How much have you done?”?
Don’t even answer that, we know you have.
Everyone works at different paces and will have different systems and plans when it comes to approaching dissertation writing. So, just because one of your friends has already completed double the amount you have, it doesn’t mean you’re not doing good enough.
Of course, there is an exception. That is if you get to like an hour before the deadline, and you’re 10,000 words behind… on a 10,000 word dissertation!
Joking aside, all comparing yourself to others will do is cause you to panic, and probably start to have a bit of a nuclear meltdown.
For all you know, you may have written 3,000 words with perfect grammar and compelling research, whereas your friend may have written 6,000 words of absolute twaddle.
The best solution when completing your dissertation writing is to simply focus on your own work, set your own goals, and keep your eye on the finish line.
Don’t get distracted by the runner who’s showboating in the next lane. They’re the ones most likely to trip and fall at the last hurdle.
3. Don’t be too precious about your research
Word counts will become the bane of your existence.
The library will suddenly become this magical cavern; full of treasures beyond your imagination! Bound between the glorious covers of each book are pages upon pages of golden ink, which sits upon parchment that’s been crafted by the very gods themselves!
You take all the gold you physically can, only to find that you can only keep a minuscule amount of the treasure you’ve unearthed.
The pain is too much. The Earth is crumbling around you. How will you ever decide?
Do we sound a little ridiculous? Of course we do.
Is this how many students act when it comes to cutting elements of their research? Yes. Yes it is.
You will find tonnes of research on your chosen subject. Sieve through to find the most relevant or interesting pieces, then cut the rest. You’ll never be able to sufficiently explain your point if you’re just cramming research upon research into your dissertation writing.
Save your word count. Be smart when it comes to finding the most relevant information. There’s plenty of gold out there, you just need to find the hidden diamonds instead.
We get it, you don’t want to ask for help for fear of appearing ‘dumb’.
You’re in university, so surely you should know what you’re doing, shouldn’t you?
If you go to ask for help with your dissertation writing, your tutor might laugh in your face. You’ve reached such a huge point in your education that if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, you’re doing something wrong.
What absolute nonsense.
After high school, you may feel ashamed to admit that you’re struggling. You might think that you’ll appear ‘stupid’ for asking questions.
Don’t ever feel that way!
If you knew everything, you wouldn’t still be in education. If you were already perfect, you’d be out in the big wide world earning your fortune.
Nobody is ever so confident in themselves that they don’t feel like they’d want to ask even a single question.
Your tutors have had hundreds (maybe even thousands) of students in the same situation before. They want to help you with your dissertation writing. It’s their job.
Feel free to ask questions, and never feel ashamed to admit it if you get confused and need help!
Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes.
5. Be proud of every aspect of your dissertation
You may be super impressed by your writing, but that doesn’t mean that you’re finished with making your dissertation the best it can be.
You need to also be able to focus on how you present your dissertation, as this is what gives the markers the best first impressions of your work. For example, a professionally printed and bound dissertation is going to have much more of an initial impact than one that looks super messy and rushed.
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If it looks good, the assessor will know that you’ve taken pride in your work, therefore making it a more compelling read.
Show confidence and pride in your work, and it will reflect in your grades.
So there you have it, some top pointers that have emerged from the toils of fellow students.
Which of these pieces of advice do you think will benefit you the most? Or, if you’re a student yourself, what other tips would you give to fellow students?
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