How to finish your dissertation on time
If you’ve found this article, you’re probably worried about finishing your dissertation on time – perhaps you’re only at the start of your journey and are overwhelmed by the amount of work there is to do, or perhaps you are a week off the deadline and still stressing! Whatever your situation, there are a few tips you can consider to ensuring your dissertation is completed on time, and to the best of your ability!
Tip #1 – keep perspective
It’s easy to feel bombarded and overwhelmed when you consider the work needed to put into your dissertation, leaving you with sleepless nights and worry lines. But it is important you keep perspective. Your dissertation is important, but it is only a few months of your life, and when you’ve completed it, things will return to normal.
Tip #2 – use technology
We are so lucky to work in a world where technology really can help us. In this Guardian article, which discusses getting your PHD completed on time, they suggest the use of apps, which could be applied to dissertation work too. For example, Trello is a project management tool that allows you to create ‘boards’ where you can pin all of your outstanding tasks, deadlines, and ideas. There are lots of similar apps out there, which can help you keep perspective (as per tip #1) and stay on task.
Tip #3 – look at dissertation examples
Whether you’re just starting to write your dissertation, or you’re nearly finished, looking at dissertation examples is a good way to envision how your own work should turn out. Oxbridge Essays, an online essay writing help service, advises students to look over other previous students’ dissertation work, to see how an introduction should read, how long a literature review should be, what referencing will look like, and so on. It also helps you with the minor things like formatting, page numbers, title page, etc.
Tip #4 – too tired? Don’t do nothing
If you are too tired to write any more of your dissertation, or perhaps you have ‘writer’s block’ and need a little time out, don’t waste the day. You can always use the time to check over the work you have done. A new perspective on it will help you to identify any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. You can also check you have referenced properly and so on.
Tip #5 – look after yourself
Remember to look after yourself when writing your dissertation. It is easy to lock yourself away in a darkened room and forget to eat or get fresh air. So, as much as you write up a timetable of when you should work, write up a list of times you’ll set aside to take a break. Going out for a walk and getting some fresh air is a great way to blow away the cobwebs and give you some perspective on your work. By socialising for a couple of hours, you can talk through some ideas and actually improve the quality of your work in the long run.