Papke Delmira February 9, 2021 Dissertation
Next remember that your plan will have to change as you start working on your dissertation. So keep flexibility in mind at all times. Now come up with a list of all of the tasks you need to complete to ensure that your dissertation is finalised. This could include for example, carry out internet search, produce list of research questions, consult text books on research methodologies, draw up questionnaire, etc.
Quite a few people spend years investigating and composing their dissertation. Choose a topic that you would be interested in studying and writing about in this length of time. If you are not enthusiastic about your topic then there is a higher chance of you not finishing your dissertation. It would be a shame not to complete your doctorate simply because you decided on a boring or uninspiring topic.
Appropriate academic language, dissertation writing has specific requirements with regard to the use of language. Avoid any kind of jargon and use simpler language in the introduction. Avoid cluttering up the introduction with unnecessary citations as they can be used elsewhere. The introduction simply has to be the summary to your study.
Firstly think about your time availability. Realistically how much time do you have available to you for the completion of this dissertation? An academic term can seem like a lifetime but in reality it is probably about 12 weeks. There are 168 hours in a week. Take away the time you need for sleeping, eating and other elements of daily living and see what time you have left. It will probably be between 6 and 8 hours. Now think about the other demands on your time. You may find that you have other assignments to complete for your other modules, other lectures to attend and seminars to participate in. With a dissertation you cannot simply decide to priorities by deadline.
A smaller essay for another module that has an earlier deadline cannot take priority over your dissertation all of the time because the level of work required to complete your dissertation successfully will be significantly greater than the time needed to finalise your smaller essay. So look at the hours available to you each day between now and your dissertation deadline. Factor in the time needed for other activities and other academic assignments or commitments and see what you have left. Now block out the time available to you as dissertation time. By doing this visually, i.e. on a calendar, you are more likely to stick to this timetable of action.
Finally set yourself a comfort deadline. Do not plan to complete your dissertation on the day that it is due. This is far too stressful. Aim to complete your dissertation at least one week before the formal deadline. This will allow you to respond if you have any unforeseen setbacks to contend with as you complete your dissertation.