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10 Tips On Dissertation Writing: Complete Your Paper With Flying Colors

Some people call the day your dissertation is due, your D-Day. It makes it sound really serious. Well, this paper is a long time in the making and is an important part of your academic success. So it really is a serious thing. Want to sail through with flying colors? Good, then you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for 10 tips to get you on your way.

  1. 1. Make sure you have the right supervisor. This person needs to be brilliant and someone you can get along well with. Figure this part out early on so that if a change needs to be made, it shouldn’t cause a problem. They don’t need to be the best expert in the field; it’s more important they are approachable and can help you and give you useful feedback.
  2. 2. If family members and well-meaning friends offer you their help, you may be tempted to say no. After all, what can they do? It’s your project, your research and you must do the writing. In reality, they can be a big help. Ask them to do things they are good at. Maybe someone can bring you a meal once a week, someone can do your laundry or go grocery shopping. All of these save you valuable time.
  3. 3. Don’t second-guess yourself or give up when the going gets hard, and it will. This is no time for freaking out, doubting or starting all over again from the beginning. It may seem like you’re having a little mental breakdown. Go out and swim some laps or run around the block a few times. Get the stress out as best you can and breathe deeply so you can think clearly. Everything will be alright.
  4. 4. Ignore friends or colleagues who ask annoying questions. They are only trying to be polite.
  5. 5. You won’t be able to use all the work you do or all the data you find. That’s just the way it is. If you know this ahead of time then you won’t get frustrated and discouraged when you have to leave some of your time-consuming work out of the dissertation because it just doesn’t fit well.
  6. 6. Be prepared to do a lot of printing.
  7. 7. It will feel like your time isn’t yours anymore. Stick to a schedule and stay focused.
  8. 8. Some things will go by the wayside until you’re finished, like your social life. Don’t despair, you can pick it back up again later.
  9. 9. Look forward to the finish line, and accomplish something every day in order to get closer to it.
  10. 10. Make sure you have a really great proof-reader. You won’t find your own mistakes.

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