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.

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Tony Harding