First, have a framework in mind. The marker will be looking for coherence and logic in your written text.  You may like to organise your thoughts and ideas using a mind map before developing your framework. Think of the big picture structure and then slot in your topics, findings and conclusions.

Second, do your research. But, do not plagiarise or overuse quotes. Time re-expressing phrases in a considered way is well-spent as it improves your comprehension and gives a fresh feel to your work. It also allows you to insert your interpretation and nuances into the written piece. 

Thirdly, do refer to your college or University Department for advice on referencing or bibliography standards. Compliance to these standards is usually expected and not negotiable. Some Universities publish summaries of the major standards. Edit-For-Me.com has a link outlining the commonly used American Psychological Association standard for example.

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What is common between this photo and writing an excellent academic assignment for college or University?

When you are writing, you need to have a solid entry point! Your language needs to have colour, your writing, flow and interest. The written piece of work also needs to have an overarching structure. Your written submission will have different sections with different areas of emphasis. Though ultimately, each section will link to another section to ensure overall cohesion.

Have a least one or a few stand-out points – some strong, takeaways that leave a lasting impression with the reader.

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1. Be organised

You will be dealing with vast amounts of information. So you need to establish a record keeping and information storage system that works for you. Most commonly of course this is electronic in nature but you may have to record notes from field trips or interviews for example. Be innovative – for example record with your smart phone where appropriate using voice memo or video.

2. Be aware of what examiners are looking for

Some of the main areas examiners will consider include :-

  1. Has the student undertaken a comprehensive review of relevant literature in the area of the dissertation?
  2. Has the methodology been outlined and justified and its limitations explained?
  3. Have the results from the study been presented in a systematic way and relevant to the topic at hand?
  4. Are the findings and conclusions presented sound and logical?

3. Maintain a database of your source references and use a consistent bibliographic style

The bibliography format will be defined by your university or college and the domain area of your thesis. For example, if your thesis is in the area of Psychology, the reference guide will most likely be the American Psychological Association style rules. More information on bibliography formatting standards is at www.edit-for-me.com/writing-resources-1/

4.  Allow some “mind-space” away from the thesis

For your health and well-being you will need to switch off from time-to-time. Have a range of healthy activities to select from so you can recharge your “batteries”. These could be sport, socialising, a hobby, meditation, yoga – whatever activities relax and reinvigorate you.

5. Use a professional editor to assist to ensure the quality of your final thesis work.

Before submitting your final thesis obtain the services of a professional Editor and Proofreader. There are many mistakes that Words’s spell checker will not pick up on. Also, the Editor will identify and advise on patterns of repetition, redundant text and ensure your written work meets the high standards expected of an academic thesis.

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