Dissertation

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
I'm going to be starting my final year at Uni in a couple of weeks and am starting to try and write my dissertation.

I've done quite a bit of reading over the summer, but I'm finding it really difficult to get started on the actual writing of the dissertation.

I know when I get back I will be able to get help from my dissertation supervisor, but I was just wondering if anyone who has written a dissertation before has any hints and tips for those of us writing them now?!

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    *hellie* wrote:
    I'm going to be starting my final year at Uni in a couple of weeks and am starting to try and write my dissertation.

    I've done quite a bit of reading over the summer, but I'm finding it really difficult to get started on the actual writing of the dissertation.

    I know when I get back I will be able to get help from my dissertation supervisor, but I was just wondering if anyone who has written a dissertation before has any hints and tips for those of us writing them now?!

    I'm in exactly the same position as you! I've done a fair bit of reading and know enough about my topic to do the 1,500 word outline essay (also known as introductory chapter to the dissertation!) but it's just getting round to it, especially as I'm juggling work and general day-to-day things.

    I'm gonna try and crack on with it tomorrow as my housemates get back tomorrow evening so it's probably the last time I'll have the house to myself for a little while.

    My dissertation is quite well structured - the uni gave me a booklet with what I have to have done when and it's all reasonably broken down. I'm just going to do this essay, I think it's just so the dissertation advisor knows where I want to go with this work, can judge my writing style etc.

    Good luck with it! :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Aye, I have just graduated uni so dissertation is still fresh in my mind. It is daunting but you can manage it.

    Basically just break it down. My word count to aim at was 12,000 words so I broke it down into chapters and words per chapter. My first dissertation tutor said that you need at least 5 chapters. So just divide your total by the chapters you need and thats your word count per chapter. I know it seems like you will never reach the word count but trust me, you will. I went way over and had to cut mine down severly.

    Also, if your writing on your new laptop, dont' expect the check grammer to be on automatically like on a PC. I assumed it was and it wasnt. I got dissed for my grammer big time!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You got a first for your dissertation?? wow. Well done!!!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I've just started mine as I wanted to try to get something done to show my supervisor at the start of term.
    I'm not entirely happy with what I've written so far as I think it's a bit dull mainly because it's just intended to be a descriptive piece before I move onto the analysis. But I figure if I just get a first draft done then I can feel like I'm getting somewhere and move onto making it a bit more interesting :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I completed mine last March, including quotes it was almost 26,000 words, without them it was 12,000. My tip is to pick a subject you really enjoy. I did media and a friend of mine got away with writing about Anime, another about comic book heros. Take what you love and put a dynamic spin on it, then use this time to really read. I got through more than fifty books before I started and almost a hundred articles. I never used even half of them but it gives a good background knowledge so you become a real expert.

    Its so rewarding to finish up at the end and realise you are perhaps one of ten experts on the planet in a certain area. And if you get into it enough it will provide a path for your future career and may even make you want to further your education by turning it into a thesis. Its 6 months since I handed mine in and if you sat me in front of a blank screen now I could write another 20,000 words on the same subject easily. You'll never write another essay in the same way again. But start early, theres no beating thorough research.

    Have fun, I know I did.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Cheers everyone! Keep them coming! :)
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