Hansen Menzies February 5, 2021 Dissertation
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.
The components, in dissertation writing, assuming you have a plan and have defined the study and its goals, you are ready to write the introduction. The main problem most dissertation writers face is writing the dissertation before they have thoroughly defined the study. Only once you have designed the study should you write the introduction.
One of the most important things you can do to stop yourself feeling completely overwhelmed and drown out by the task of completing a dissertation is to spend a decent amount of time planning your dissertation. If you have a robust study plan in place with key milestones in terms of your research, drafting your work and finalizing your dissertation piece you will find that the task in hand becomes more manageable as you are able to break it down into individual activities that can almost be completed independently of each other.
Work out the order in which you need to complete these tasks. Now allocate a time allowance for the completion of each task. Perhaps task 1 will take you 1 day to complete, task 2 may take 0.5 days, etc. Slot these tasks into the time you have allocated yourself for dissertation work on your calendar. By doing this you have set yourself a number of interim deadlines to complete each crucial dissertation task. The overall task in hand should now feel more manageable.
Remain focused, the biggest challenge of writing an effective dissertation introduction is to keep it concise and to remain focused. Rambling on about irrelevant concepts will result in an introduction that is unfocused. An overly lengthy introduction can get you off to a poor start, creating a bad first impression on the reader.
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.