- By Daniel Millions
- Published 11/26/2008
Writing a Dissertation can appear to be one of the most terrifying tasks of your entire education. This is because unlike an essay, the dissertation is a much longer piece of work that involves more complex ways of addressing the issues to hand. This article will look at some of the methods that you can adopt to help you to write the dissertation. Hopefully the advice will prove to be useful and will help you to achieve a high grade. One of the most important elements of a successfully completed dissertation is the quality of the relationship that you have with your tutor. It is crucial that you establish a good understanding between you and the person who will be providing much of the feedback on your work. For this reason you will need to be sure at the beginning that the expectations that you have are in line with what the tutor hopes to help you with. Once you begin the dissertation, it is also important to maintain regular contact to ensure that your work remains focused and that you are keeping to a timetable that will have been mutually agreed beforehand. Some students find that their tutor is more passive than they had hoped for and so if you are in this situation it can be a very good idea to establish working relationships with other students who are working on similar themes to your own. This can be mutually beneficial as it will allow for an exchange of information that can help you to stimulate ideas and also offer constructive criticism of the dissertation.
When planning the dissertation, th
e sensible approach to starting is to plan the entire project beforehand. It does not really matter that much if you change the original plan, but by providing a structure to your work you will find it much easier to work through each area of the overall dissertation. Clarity will ensure that you do not become stuck in a mess of ideas and concepts. Therefore you should develop your ideas through a hypothesis. This is basically a simple statement that aims to test a particular argument or set of circumstances. From this you can expand to cover all of the arguments that relate to the main issue and also how certain evidence supports or contradicts this. Finally you should devise a basic conclusion based on the research that you conduct. When you begin to write a dissertation it is easy to become obsessed by the project until you have completed it. This is not a very healthy way to complete the work and there is also no reason to subordinate other aspects of your life. Typically most students are given a number of months to complete long essays and dissertations and so if you plan your time well, you should be able to continue to enjoy a good social life with friends whilst you are working on the dissertation. It is important to always maintain a balance between your work and the other activities that you enjoy.
You may find it useful to create blocks of time during the week that you use solely for working on the dissertation. This routine will help you to focus and over a period of time will become easier to maintain. Good habits created from the start will ensure that you complete the dissertation as smoothly and quickly as possible.