Academic writing suggestions: 10 steps to a perfect PhD thesis
When you are working on your PhD, the usual last step is the thesis or the dissertation. This challenging paper requires a significant amount of time, so it is best to start the paper and work hard until you are finished. Here are 10 steps to crafting a PhD thesis that is as close to perfect as possible:
Select a finish day. The best thing about setting a finish day is that you can work backwards. When you know where you are going to go, it is easier to get there. Too many students fail to plan from the end and they never get there.
Plan out your time. Once you have decided when you need to finish, you can create a plan that will get you to that point. This means that you need to decide how many words you need to finish each week. You can then break it down to a daily amount so you can plan around this major project and still have a life.
Stay calm. If you have a plan, you will not have to worry about finishing. It is helpful to give yourself a little extra leeway in case of emergencies.
Begin where you feel confident. Since the thesis does not have to be written in chronological order, you can begin in spot that is the most comfortable for you. You will experience the feeling of completion and success early so you will continue to work hard to get the job done. However, there are some students who prefer to get the sections done that they do not like so they can finish strong with sections that are enjoyable to write. Some students prefer to mix up the sections, so they focus on an interesting section, then one they find to be tedious. Do what is best for you and get the sections done.
Create small deadlines. After you find out how many words you need to write and the sections you need to finish, give yourself some small deadlines. It is better to check off many small deadlines than to take a significant amount of time to check off just one. Get busy with those little deadlines so you feel accomplished and successful and will continue to work hard.
Reward yourself. You should not write every single minute of the day. It is important to reward yourself for completing tasks and reaching goals. Even if you those rewards are small, like giving yourself a few minutes to read a novel or play on your gaming system, give them to yourself.
Don’t forget the small pieces. It is always important to include those little tedious pieces like the bibliography, footnotes, and subheadlines. Do not forget about the little details that the style guide requires. It can be difficult to go back and make corrections or fill them in after you have moved on to other sections.
Research quality work. Make sure that you are only using sources that are reliable and strong. Avoid using resources you find on the major search engines. Look in academic and professional journals; otherwise, your instructor will question your academic prowess and might make your redo sections of your thesis.
Hire someone to edit and revise. Instead of asking a friend or a family member, find someone who is an expert editor and has experience in working with thesis projects. This way, you will get the feedback you need and can actually use to make your paper better.
Meet with your committee. Before you complete the project, take time to meet with your committee to get one last session of feedback. This will help you perfect your project.