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Dissertation Writing Advice

Typical Mistakes Students Make While Writing a Dissertation

It is true that your dissertation will be the most important academic writing of your career. It will open professional doors for you, experts will read it, it will be published, and you will argue it. It can be a bit of the unknown because most people writing one have never done so before then. There are samples for you to review in a variety of places: the media center, online, at writing companies, and from your faculty advisor. You can look at what others have done before you write yours. This can be a lot of help. Unfortunately here are some typical pitfalls to avoid as you work.

Mistakes to Avoid

  • Boring and commonplace topics-your topic needs to stand out from the crowd. You will want to search and make sure that a thousand other people have not used your proposed title. Listen to your advisor because he or she will know if a topic in your field is simply worn-out.
  • Topics too bizarre-some people try too hard to stand out from the crowd. This condition is the opposite of a boring topic, but just as lethal to your paper. You do not want your peers, professors, and experts to laugh at your topic. You still need to be realistic and keep an academic tone, so stay way from topics which are simply too strange.
  • Spelling and grammar errors-there is no room for any spelling errors or grammar errors in your dissertation. This paper needs to be perfect. If necessary, you should hire a professional writing company in order to proof and edit the piece for you. In fact, if you struggle too much with any one part of the entire project, hire a team to help you get back on the right track immediately.
  • Not enough proof, especially case studies and interviews –you must prove your point in the paper and then prove it in the argument. This may be hard to do if your documentation is weak. Too many people use one support for an idea in the piece, when it would be better suited to have three-four supports for each of the main points. Interviews and case studies are one of the strongest supports a writer can use. As a candidate, you need to do the legwork to get the best and the strongest interviews and case study results available.
  • Incorrect format-the paper will have a set format. It might be MLA or APA, but it will have a format. Do not mix up the styles. Know the style you are expected to use, and then use it correctly within the dissertation. Buy a handbook if necessary.
  • Waiting too long to start-this entire process, if completed properly, will take about a year to complete. One of the biggest mistakes candidates will make is to wait too long to begin the process. Do not let this happen to you. The consequences could be that you do not finish in time, that your paper has grammar, spelling, and mechanic errors, or that your support is too weak to prove your point.
  • Waiting too late to make small changes their topic-it is understood that at the beginning of the process, you may make a few modifications in the paper. Keep in mind that you were approved for a set topic, so do not completely change the piece. Some people wait too long in the process to make the small modifications and in some cases have to almost start over to catch up properly. Do not do this to your dissertation.

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