10 Steps for Writing an Excellent Dissertation in a Month
This is going to take some discipline and motivation, but following these steps may help you.
- Use a Diary. Make a note of all the important dates, such as doctor appointments or family birthdays over the next month. Move other arrangements if possible, you need to plan your time in order to avoid distractions. Schedule in gym or exercise classes that you normally go to help reduce stress levels and give you some thinking time.
- While you have your diary out make a note of the submission date. Working backwards, choose a date 5 days before, this is going to be the date you will get your work proofread and edited. Note two days before the submission date, as this is when you make a final read through yourself.
- Find a good proof-reader - one that a friend or colleague has recommended. Make sure of their availability and cost, to eliminate any last minute nasty surprises.
- Ask a friend if they are available for you to run some ideas past them as what may seem good work to you at 2.00am may not make one iota of sense in the light of day.
- Schedule an appointment with your tutor for two weeks in to the work. They can help you stay on track or make suggestions to enhance your work.
- Find all your notes on your dissertation topic and arrange them in a logical order, using a dedicated note pad (sometimes you just need to do this the old fashioned way). Make a note of any other information you may need to complete your work. Time spent on this task is an investment and will save you time in the long run.
- Taking ½ – 1 day look at other dissertations, note flow and logical progression of ideas. Check out the remit for your dissertation - work count; headings and reference formatting. Make sure that you allow enough time to add all your references.
- The Abstract. Although the abstract is always left until the last, as you are working on different sections of your work jot down a few ideas. You can always fine tune the abstract later. Generally it takes a few edits to write an abstract and stick to the correct word count.
- Work though each of the headings. If you find you get stuck on writing about one heading then move to the one and go back later. Be realistic about the amount of work that you can achieve in one day. Always start work the following day by re-reading the work you completed yesterday.
- Remember, the way to success at completing this work is to put aside some time at the beginning to plan, meet with your tutor and get an experienced proof-reader.