Spreading your own words

The essentials of a well-thought, well-researched, well-written piece rest in the dissertation. Unfortunately, it is this same intensive word-fullness that makes the whole endeavor a pain.

Students need to manage one thing at a time – if they are to effectively work pass this. For a start, you may focus on dealing with your topic.

Dissertation topic

The topic is a collection of variables – a specific subject population, a chosen method of research – that which is combined with any other relevant elements. While the choice of variables is essential, so is the actual selection.

The latter often proves to be a lot more difficult. Students encounter pressures or anxieties, as well as, more technical complexities (e.g., the lack of free access to credible references). Even minimising your focus with the dissertation topic doesn’t necessarily free you from experiencing these things.

However, by focusing with the dissertation topic, students will have a better chance of coming up with something.

Dissertation outline

After formulating the topic (thanks to research and decision-making), students may start constructing the framework or outline of the dissertation. The base of this outline often involves the following chapters:

I. Rationale

II. Literature review

III. Research statement

IV. Scope and limitations

V. Methodology

VI. Presentation of Findings

VII. Conclusion

VIII. References

Apart from these, what would be the outline of your topic would consist of more or less chapters. The parts of the outline are largely dependent of the topic you’re exploring.

Word spread

In some cases, coming up with a list of essential chapters adds to that overcoming feeling. It does have that effect; that while you’ve come up with a topic, there are still a lot of chapters to fill.

In this case, rev up your drafts. Spread your words, your efforts, your tasks to generate content thatwill not just satisfy each chapter; it should also add value and help you in deriving answers per research question.

Furthermore, instead of feeling overwhelmed, fight your way to achieve confidence. Looking at the chapters you’ve made, or the depth by which the dissertation topic has been explored – these things should boost your morale.


Managing time

The most crucial variable that impacts students’ research and writing pace is time. Some chapters consume much of students’ time; otherwise, it’s just a bad time for doing anything productive.

Therefore, students must realise that their best line of defence is time management. They must begin plotting their dissertation hours along the calendar and just work on meeting these hours. Perhaps, such routine could help them consistently produce an output, like two chapters per month.

In addition, students will have to learn to rearrange their previous schedule. Before, it’s convenient to spend the nights out with friends, drinking, partying; this time, however, they can’t afford to forego such nights.

Ultimately, dealing with your topic can be daunting. Sometimes, it could be like fully-facing a monster you’ve (always) avoided. On a different perspective, you can also look at it as if you’re conquering that ‘monster.’

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