It is important to remember that the length of a dissertation varies depending on whether it is for an undergraduate or a master's degree and the time limit in which it should be completed (depending on the degree level). In this article, we will go through the steps we took to correctly to lay the groundwork for the bachelor's and master's dissertations and some advice we can offer along the way.
THE PLANNING STAGE CONTAINS WHAT?
It's important to keep in mind that your dissertation is typically a 4-6 month undertaking from the moment you begin thinking about it. A dissertation's tone is established at the planning stage, which is the most critical part of the process. What is involved in the planning stage?
It is common for this step to question all the whys, when's, and wherefores of your study subject and goals. To be clear: writing down your findings or developing a visual aid to enhance your thinking is a common part of this process. For example, you may create a mind map outlining every topic, argument, or point you want to present throughout your dissertation. This visual assistance or mind map is not the end of the road. In other words, consider it as the beginning of your dissertation since you will learn more about it as you go along.
Grab a sheet of A3 paper and jot down all of your dissertation ideas, questions, and objectives. Do you intend to conduct an empirical or a doctrinal investigation? Outline your strategy for achieving this goal and the reasons for your decision. For a university dissertation, we discovered that when writing down every idea we had about a subject, regardless of whether or not it would be included in the final product, helped us unearth all the possible perspectives and questions. This helped us think outside the box.
WRITING THE DISSERTATION PLAN OF YOUR OWN CHOICE
After that, create a new (and much more colourful) 'dissertation plan'. It's a good idea to lay up a basic timetable for when you aim to complete your research and submit your dissertation. As a result of this method, you will be able to organise your work in advance, from research to final edits, all while adhering to the set time frame between research and submission.
Plan to begin studying as soon as possible and have a "completed product" at least a week before the actual submission deadline, according to my best advice for creating a calendar for your project planning efforts. Consider all possible scenarios and reasonable writing objectives while preparing for a project. Why? If we are being honest, we have all had those days as students when we felt highly productive and eager to take on any assignment set before us, and then when you felt like doing nothing but crawling back into bed and dozing off (aka the lazy days).
The days when you cannot produce 2,000 words a day or even do any research are inevitable. On other days, you may find yourself bogged down in an argument or unsure if anything you say makes sense! Third-year pressures, like applications, part-time employment, more coursework, tests, and extracurricular activities, are an additional burden. As a result, having a practical plan and includes time off to prevent burnout is quite beneficial.
CREATING A MUCH BETTER GROUND SIDE PLAN
Also take the extra step of creating an even more strategic plan inside the dissertation plan, which can be customised in meetings with your supervisor, which are highly dependent on your workload. T
his strategy includes organizing the times you want to do research and begin writing the first draughts of each chapter. Your monitored sessions may require you to produce 3,000 words (which might be one or two chapters' worth of a first draught) by the third or fourth meeting and another 3,000 words before the final meeting.
You may decide to take advantage of the opportunity, to get all of your supervisor's input on your work and apply it to the remainder of the project. Devise a strategy to help you meet the submission deadlines that have been set. It made a huge difference to have your supervisor give you constructive criticism on 6,000 words of your dissertation that you can then use for the remaining 6,000 words.
INFORMATION OF A GENERAL NATURE
Writing a dissertation requires a lot of self-control and self-denial, particularly if you want to get the highest possible grades. You do not want to miss out on other obligations and evaluations, and you do not want to face burnout simultaneously!
Take care of yourself while you're at work. When you are feeling overwhelmed by your task, take a break and remember to breathe. Be thankful for every step you have taken, and celebrate the achievements you've made. It is important to remember that great ambitions begin with modest and simple chores! This stage requires a realistic approach to planning and an understanding of the need for significant sacrifice and self-discipline. The eventual result will be well worth the effort.