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Tip Of The Day: How To Write A Successful Doctoral Dissertation


A PhD dissertation paper is the final and the most scrupulous work in an academic career. It involves the processing of a great amount of library materials and documents. This research paper must solve a great scientific problem and suggest important practical decisions. The list of recommendations on how to write a successful doctoral dissertation is provided below:

  1. Start as early as possible.
  2. If you definitely know you want to work doing scientific research, whether you are a school-leaver or a graduate, start working on your dream immediately.

  3. Develop your ideas.
  4. Do not wait for some prominent thought to appear at once. As soon as you have a small idea, try to explore it and develop it into something essential.

  5. Make a plan.
  6. Try to organize your time effectively to do everything on time. You can use an organizer or a diary to observe the progress of your work.

  7. Keep in touch with your thesis committee.
  8. Identify the members of your thesis committee and be persistent in discussing all the issues with them, as it is their principal responsibility to help you.

  9. Ask for regular feedback.
  10. Keep in touch with your dissertation advisor and ask him/her to keep track of your progress. It would be devastating if you write a few chapters, only to find out that they are absolutely faulty and need to be redone.

  11. Formulate the topic of your research clearly and competently.
  12. Bear in mind that your dissertation will be appraised at first glance according to its topic.

  13. State the aims and objectives of your research laconically and intelligibly.
  14. It is better to write these points after you have written the results of your work.

  15. Be precise in describing the materials and methods of your doctoral dissertation.
  16. Some scientists may decide to retry your experiments in the future. Be especially accurate in characterizing the unique experiments.

  17. Make the text of the main body understandable to everyone, not only to your colleagues.
  18. Write in simple sentences, provide explanations for abbreviations, and provide references.

  19. Participate in conferences.
  20. Preparing reports for conferences may provide you with sufficient amounts of information for your dissertation. Moreover, you can get to know some interesting facts from your colleagues, who conduct research in fields relevant to yours.

  21. Write the draft paper of your doctoral dissertation.
  22. Be sure to edit your dissertation according to the required standards; and proofread it for grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes.

  23. Defend your doctoral dissertation successfully.

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