Tips And Tricks For Writing An Outstanding PhD Dissertation


Writing a dissertation takes plenty of focus, initiative, and time. While many students go into their project thinking they can get the dissertation written quickly and effectively, life usually gets in the way. Students who are writing these lengthy and complicated papers need all the help they can get, so here are a few tips and tricks:

  1. Set goals. This is the first thing you should do before you even begin writing the paper. These goals should include small deadlines for completing pieces of your project. You can find goals and calendars used by students through blogs and college writing labs.

  2. Look at previously written dissertations. The best way to become an accomplished dissertation writer is to read other projects. By looking at other projects (even those in unrelated courses), you will see what the dissertation should look like, how long the paragraphs should be, and how to organize the different sections. Many students are inspired to write after they see successfully written papers.

  3. Just write. All too often, students sit down to write, but then they draw a blank. Writer’s block occurs when students get too caught up in the ideas in their head. The best thing to do is write those thoughts down, because they can always be edited. If the thoughts are trapped in the head, they are worthless. You can avoid writer’s block by setting a goal to write without stopping for a predetermined time each day. You can start small, like five or ten minutes, and then move up to longer blocks of time.

  4. Keep a record of your sources. Unsuccessful PhD dissertations are created when students fail to record their sources. Then, they either have to do a last minute search for them or they suffer from a failing grade. You can avoid these headaches by keeping a running list of sources and citing them in the paper as soon as you use each one.

  5. Revise and edit. All dissertations need to be revised and edited several times. You can be the first to check your own work by using the one-foot voice editing technique. Read the paper out loud in a voice that travels only a foot, because it is so quiet. You will hear and see the mistakes. You can either mark them to fix them later or fix them immediately. The important thing is that they get fixed.