Academic writing lessons:
how to get prepared to dissertation writing
When you are about to start an important project, nothing feels ready. You have the feeling that you did not do enough research, that you don’t have a good topic and that you don’t have enough time. This will only delay you even more, so it’s a vicious cycle that you have to escape. Luckily for you, there are things that you can do to feel prepared to write your dissertation. You will finish it before you know it!
Be sure about the topic.
Many students hesitate until the last moment about what topic they should choose. If you are insecure you will not be able to focus completely on what you have to do, so you need to eliminate any doubt before you start writing. To be more confident on what you will write about, discuss with your professor and tell him what subject you want to approach. He will give you advice, he will tell you if you made the right choice or if you need to think more about it.
Gather all the information.
It is difficult to write a good dissertation if you don’t have all the information in the same place. You probably used many sources, including books, websites and other compositions from the library. Print the ones that you don’t have on paper and mark the pages that you have to use for your text. In this way when you will start writing you will have everything close and you will not have to interrupt yourself every 10 minutes just to search for a quote on the internet.
Create an outline or a plan.
This is the best way to make sure that you will not forget any detail and you will not miss any chapter. Most students use this technique every time they have to write a composition, no matter if it is something major or a normal essay. Write down every chapter that you have to build, every idea that you have to express and if there is any, any image that you have to add. Every time you finish something mark it on the plan and you will be able to see how long you have until you are done with everything.
Discuss with other students.
Sometimes you feel overwhelmed by the amount of writing that you have to do, so you need some encouragement. Your colleagues are going through the same thing as you so they know exactly how you feel. They will tell you tips and tricks that you can apply during this time to make the entire process easier.