Top Guides for Writing a Doctoral Thesis
Your doctoral thesis could end up being anywhere from 50,000 to 90, 000 words in length. That length will require an enormous amount of research and writing. You will live your topic day and night.
An odd relationship-you may live with this project for years depending on your rate of work and your financial status. Some people have to stop and work full or part time jobs in order to eat. You will abhor your topic, you will hate the project, and you will want to quit at times. Just learn to love or hate the piece and keep moving along. The end result is worth your moments of hate.
Write throughout the project-if you want to keep the paper flowing write as you go. Try to touch, note, edit, or change on a daily basis. You will find it will keep you inspired. Too often the candidates put down the pen and end up not coming back to the project. Make sure you touch it every single day even if you just journal in your diary or write down one note. You want to finish this and to finish this on time.
Stay in Touch-you may be tempted to isolate yourself as you slave away on this project. By stepping out and attending conferences and academic workshops, you will be able to brainstorm with others. Isolating yourself is not healthy and not necessarily the best route to go. Try to stay involved in other aspects of your academic world.
Prepare for the examination-you should look for forward to your examination session, not fear it. Very few people are denied if they have put in the work. Try to approach the session as an opportunity for you to be the expert and to show you are the expert.
Proactive advisor/supervisor-your advisor is your resource, your cheerleader, your parent, and your biggest fan. You want your support system to be proactive, honest, and involved. You have to see that he or she cares about this. If there is no connection or you are not getting the attention you deserve, then see about getting a new one.
Get organized-use a planner, a wall calendar, an electronic calendar, or a desk calendar, but use some form of a schedule to keep you on track. Go from your projected end date and work your way forward to the begin dates. You need to make sure that you build in some cushion days for illness, emergencies, or other bumps in the road.
The Bibliography-yes, a bibliography is tedious to do. If you do it as you go and you use an electronic app that does the formatting for you, you will be more likely to have a precise bibliography. Too often, candidates approach the bibliography with a lack of concern and detail. It needs to be perfect.
Know your Topic-it seems like this is obvious, but it very important to know of other papers that address or concern your specific topic. You may be asked about this other expert works in the examination. It is expected that you know what writings and opinions exist about your subject.
Proof it-yes, you will be exhausted when you finish the piece, but it still has to be proofed. Mistakes are distracting to such an important paper. If you are just too tired to proof and edit the piece, then hire a professional to do it for you. Just make sure the paper is grammar error and spelling error free.