Writing a dissertation is a tremendous show of strength. Many graduates who are about to make that decision have already taken a job and want to and must finally get started in professional life. Few, therefore, have the opportunity to focus solely on their doctoral thesis. This means that the high demands of the dissertation must be reconciled with working life, possibly also with a young family life. The decision for the dissertation therefore wants to be considered very thoroughly.
These requirements facilitate the dissertation:
- Joy of research
- Financial security is given
- Support and understanding from the personal environment
- Temporal resources
- Perseverance and self-motivation
- The idea that a cancel is possible at any time, should not matter. A dissertation is hard work. To start you with serious doubts is not a good start. The creation of the dissertation by an agency is of course not allowed.
The decision was made for the dissertation – So it goes on
Once the decision has been made, the topic and supervisor must be found. Here, the framework must be right. Especially the topic must be in order, so that the years of work is not agony. Security also offers discussions with other doctoral students. This also includes the question of the number of dropouts of possible supervisors and clarifying how high the success rate is. Crises during the dissertation are not uncommon. Therefore, it is important to debunk possible sources of frustration from the beginning and develop strategies to manage such phases.
The choice of topics should help answer the following questions:
Where can I find reliable data?
When is the deadline?
Which contact persons are available for me?
Some courage is required for the dissertation. Who keeps the goal in the focus, but has good chances to achieve it. After all, the qualifications are available and are therefore a clear statement of competence.
Do not neglect financial security
Some doctoral students split their everyday life. Half of them spend their doctoral thesis, the other half with their profession. But that is not possible for everyone, because such a procedure requires a very flexible employer. Alternatives are:
- Job as a research assistant at the university
- Doctorate with financial support from a company
- It pays to examine all possibilities. At best, doctoral students have the opportunity to choose between several alternatives.
- The planning – it gets serious
- The topic is, the supervisor is found. Now it’s time for the structured approach, which runs as far as possible until the dissertation is finished. It is important to consider the personal structure and working methods.
There are experts who strongly recommend tidying up the desk in the evening and keeping it as clear as possible while writing. This should keep the thoughts on the topic and prevent distraction. However, graduate students should beware of such blanket recommendations. There are enough people who can completely hide the chaos on their desks and surroundings. What others perceive as confusion can even represent a certain order for them. Anyone who quickly finds what they are looking for on their desks has no disorder but their own kind of order. An empty desk can even disturb the flow of thought, especially if the person knows they have to scramble up tables or books. Papers and other materials on the table can even be valuable thought props for them. Disturbing are only the factors that interrupt the flow of work and thought. However, they really have to be switched off or at least channeled into healthy ways.
Dealing with distraction
The distraction can come from outside or is self created. When distracted from the outside help only clarifying words and the request for understanding and support. Homemade distraction needs to be channeled. Particularly tempting distractions are:
- computer Games
- Social media
Those who find it difficult to avoid such factors should face the clock. One hour is worked concentrated, then 10 minutes break are allowed. Music does not have to be annoying. Who can not turn off ambient noise and work with music, it should try with a headphone and quiet music.
Create daily and weekly schedule
A plan helps to set and reach milestones. Some flexibility should remain. As with all sophisticated processes, there are phases in which working works extremely well and phases out in barely a reasonable sentence. Then it’s better to take a break and catch up on the days when things are going well. Overcoming writer blockades is part of an important learning process.
Change strategies and get on better
A dissertation presents everyone with special challenges. This can lead to a failure of proven reading and writing processes. That’s not bad. But instead of clinging to the cherished habits, it’s better to become familiar with new strategies. It is helpful to know what type of learning you are. Anyone who has written everything to understand it should work with notes. Doctoral students who have to visualize ideas with Mindmaps profit from whiteboards on which they can outline their thoughts. It can also help to talk to others about the ideas. If you do not have a contact person, you can record your own thoughts and then listen to them. That helps with the reflection.
Time off yes or no?
Without structure no dissertation. Above all, postgraduate doctoral students can reach their limits here, especially if they are engaged in a demanding part-time job. Basically, it makes sense to deal with the dissertation every day. Even if you do not expect much progress after a hard day’s work. Reading the last few lines or arranging and sorting the last documents and notes helps the memory and prevents the “thread is lost”. If you interrupt several days, you have to reckon with the fact that he has to work his way back to work.
Plagiarism is robbery of foreign intellectual property. That does not have to be an intention. Those who follow a fascinating publication with brilliant thoughts also run the risk of incorporating part of it into their own findings later on, without making a clean cut to the sources. That can cost the promotion. Since dissertations are generally very extensive, doctoral students must focus very much on avoiding this exact mistake. A plagiarism check is therefore essential. Often, fellow students also help with the mutual checking of passages and footnotes.
It’s done – time for the editorial
Whether proofreading is allowed or not depends on the scope of the activity. It is allowed to have a dissertation proofread. The scientific content must not be affected. You can also make corrections for formatting and typos. It is also permissible to check the uniform notation of terms. The problem, however, is a revision of the writing style. Also, the structure, the bibliography and arguments must not be changed. For a permitted proofreading professional providers or even familiar and knowledgeable persons are eligible. It is recommended to ask the doctoral supervisor or the doctor’s mother about the limits of what is permitted before the editing and to strictly adhere to it. This is especially true for demanding foreign language dissertations.