Challenges in Dissertation Writing for 2014

It’s that time of the year. Students will be coming, others are soon to depart. The latter group will have to face upgraded levels of challenge – a lot of which have something to do with dissertation writing.

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For these students, we have gathered some of these challenges. May these sections provide substantial evidence and amplify students’ sense of preparation.

Finding a unique and relevant topic

The search for a ‘unique and relevant’ topic is always shadowed by the demand for a manageable topic.    For what good would the ideal topic be, if the dissertation writing student can do none of it?

Fortunately, finding a topic that’s novel, significant and workable – an all-in-one package is possible. Students must, however, spend considerable time and resources to get there. This will inevitably requires students to hunt for topics as early as possible.

Applying emerging methodologies

Using conventional methodologies seldom poses difficulties. Students now could easily locate relevant or similar studies that optimise such methodologies. In some point, one could claim that most conventional methodologies or research approaches have already been exhausted.

The choice of methodologies is crucial; it, too, influences the originality of the research study. And while there is irrefutable risk about using emerging methodologies, its application has more merit. The trick revolving the use of emerging methodologies is yet to be determined; this, certainly, makes student’s dissertation a much more interesting affair.

Designing research tools

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Research tools are aplenty in the Internet. Yet, why is it that students cannot fully benefit from them? It is simply because these tools are designed as generic research tools (e.g., questionnaires). While these generic tools can create a foundation for students’ own unique research, it could not suffice.

Students have to get really creative. Such creativity will not only require a simple addition or deduction of the available research tools; it must also permit them to tweak it properly, to such extent that their own dissertation’s needs are met.

Making adjustments in the structure

The dilemma regarding the dissertation structure echoes that of the research tools. Students continue to struggle devising their own dissertation structure. Some fall in passivity and accept all of the default components of the dissertation structure.

Others debar too much of the default components, which leaves their dissertation framework fragile and hollow. Achieving a balance between devised and default dissertation structure seems to be either delicate or out of students’ priority.

Maintaining zero-plagiarism

Plagiarism-check software packages, both paid and free-of-charge, do not necessarily make it easy for students to maintain their dissertation’s integrity. Worse, students even fail to do manual checking as they über-rely the task of review to these software packages.

As mentioned, this dilemma and challenge is seen as a matter of priorities. When students fail to pay attention to their dissertation’s referencing style or its application, their cause against plagiarism starts to fade.

A recommended solution is for students to visualise essay writing at present. The dissertation becomes a manageable chunk of essays; less overbearing, but more inviting.

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