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Tips on Starting a Dissertation


Dissertation and thesis writing is not just as simple as writing essays and other articles. It involves a more critical aspect of writing, with the capacity to pressure you and take all the energies that you have in each day.


Too may have been delayed in pursuing their plans because of their dissertations. Reasons are, they don’t have ample knowledge to finish the project, they don’t have much time, and they don’t know where to start.


If caught on the problem of not knowing where to start, the best thing to do is consult advice of persons who have experience in your field. You may also consider some of the tips below on how to start a dissertation.


  • Decide for your topic. The more time you spent on thinking of a good topic, the more chance you will come up with a good dissertation. Choose topics that are in line with your interests, and which you think will inspire you as you go through the process of working with your papers.


  • Formulate your hypothesis. After you decide for your topic, it is essential to formulate then the hypothesis of your study which will be the basis of your study’s objectives, relevance, and methodology.


  • Make a time table. Plan on the things that you have to do in order to finish your project. List them on a time table for you to have something to peek through and see what your activities are for the day. Sometimes when our minds are occupied with a lot of things, we tend to forget what we are supposed to do that is why it is important to have a time table.


  • Given some tips on how to start with your dissertation, what’s more important is to work on it as long as you can in each day. It may be too stressful and time consuming, but once you finished it before the deadline, you’ll see that it would be worth of everything that you have gone through.


The Final Defense Day

For every dissertation or thesis writers, the defense day is a very long-awaited moment and an event that will never be forgotten for sure. After a long process of writing the paper, pressures and exhaustions, finally the day has come where you can see all the results of your effort.


However, though it is the turning point of everything that you have gone through, one cannot avoid thinking what will happen on that day. Lots of questions will still play in your mind, thinking of every possible thing that might happen on that day, and it’s natural.


Before your defense day, it is best to practice and prepare yourself on any possible questions that your panelists and advisers might ask you. Below are some advices on how to prepare before your defense day.

  • Attend defenses of other students (if you are allowed), and witness how they present their papers.
  • Study. Though you have been facing your manuscript from the very beginning and have memorized all the important things that are in there, it is always better to read it over and over, and understand the concepts of what you have read.
  • Think of the possible questions from your panelists and adviser and prepare answers for these questions.
  • Prepare what you need for your defense day-the clothes that you are going to wear and your PowerPoint presentation. It is best to do it 2 or 3 days before your defense to avoid cramming and panic.
  • Practice in front of the mirror and listen to yourself for corrections. You can also ask someone close to you to listen as you practice and give comments and critiques the way you present for your final defense day.