Practical Advice On How To Complete A PhD Thesis
Whether you are just starting out or you are in the final stretch of finishing your thesis, the following tips by Thesis Rush, will be beneficial to you. They are from other students who have completed their papers and supervisors who have helped graduate students finish their programs.
- Make sure you understand the requirements. This paper is a big undertaking and you don’t want to get part way through only to discover that you haven’t done something the way it was expected, or you forgot to do something essential. Make sure you know what style is required in the writing, and exactly what your supervisory committee expects to see when you are ready to present your defense.
- Keep your perspective in line with the project. You may want your thesis to be amazing and the best thing you’ve ever done, and it probably will be in the end. But don’t let this type of thinking prevent you from getting started and getting the work done. Perfectionism is not helpful here. Write freely and worry about making corrections later. The important part right now is to get the writing done.
- The introduction should be written last. That’s because you don’t know what you’re going to write in the body yet, so how in the world would you be able to introduce it? The introduction and conclusion are the last parts of your paper to write.
- Use whatever technology, software or apps may be beneficial to help you keep your research organized and ready for you to use, discuss and analyze in your paper. Apps can help you with time management, organization of thoughts, making your outline, and checklists.
- There will always be unanswered questions. This is normal. You need to know what they are. You can include some of them in your paper under the heading “further research that needs to be done.”
- Make sure you have access to a good printer. You will be doing a lot of printing. The writing is easier to proofread from a printed copy and it’s also a good way to give your eyes a rest from the computer screen.
- Editing and proofreading cannot be skipped nor taken lightly. These steps can turn a mediocre paper into a stellar one. You will be brought to your knees by the review committee if you fail to adequately proof your written work.