Introduction To Dissertation Editing: 5 Fundamental Tips


When you sit down to write your dissertation, you will have plenty of things to be considered and many ideas to include in the paper. You might think about changing the subject of your assignment or switching to another strategy before you actually start writing the paper. It is best to create a plan for your paper and follow it in order to complete each section on time

Editing and revision is an important part of academic writing. You should divide your time for three major phases i.e.

  1. Pre writing
  2. Writing
  3. Post writing

When you assign enough time to each phase, you will never rush on the last moment and always have enough time to edit and proofread your paper. Students who delay their assignments often tend to skip or overlook the editing part. You have to understand that this is even more important than the writing itself because it will improve the overall presentation of your work

Editing would require you to make sure that

  • You are meeting the word count
  • You have achieved a level of academic writing
  • The data is in a clear and logical order
  • You have used correct grammar and spelling throughout the paper

Do not think about the editing phase before you are done with writing your first draft. You should always finish writing first and then move to the editing phase. To make it clearer, here are some things to compare for both editing and writing

  1. When writing you create new things while editing would involve critiquing
  2. You include things in writing and add/remove them in editing
  3. You present your ideas in writing while improve them during editing
  4. Writing means recording while editing involves reviewing what you have recorded
  5. You feel closely involved when you are writing but should feel objective during the editing phase
  6. Writing is an immediate product of your thoughts while editing brings out a refined and well thought product
  7. Writing a rough draft is messy while editing is neat
Tips for editing your dissertation

The examiner can tell if you spent time in improving your paper if you manage to

  1. Check the overall logic and structure of your dissertation
  2. Adhere to the actual research question
  3. Link and relate different parts of work as one
  4. Put relevant data in relevant places
  5. Create a unique and clear paper
  6. Use the right sentence structure and word choice
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