5 Tips to Help with your Dissertation

Your dissertation is regarded by many to be the most critical document you will ever produce. More often than not, it is the product of almost two year’s work and is a testament to all the research, hard work and often love you have poured into your degree; as such it is something which can pile a lot of pressure onto the modern student.

Although there can be no denying the importance of this piece of work, there are some dissertation writing tips that can help to ensure you don’t feel overly daunted come the end of the academic year. Being the good guys we are here at Almero Student Mansions we have compiled these for you below, so be sure to check them out before you embark your journey toward the perfect dissertation.

Choose Your Topic Carefully

This is probably more important than any of our dissertation tips, even those around articulation or writing style. Choosing the right topic is of paramount importance as you need to really care about your subject matter, if you don’t then the person marking your work will know. We all know how easy it is to write confidently and eloquently when you really believe in what you are writing, so be sure to converse with your dissertation tutor and pick a topic that you wont get sick of writing about, as you’re going to be stuck with each other for quite some time.

Take Control of Your Dissertation

The best dissertations are those where the student has taken the front seat and co-ordinated their work from the word go. Too many times, we hear about students relying on their tutor or lecturers to guide them and although that is of course what they are there for, you need to be the one taking the initiative. This is similar to the last point, as you need to show you really care but by taking control, you will get really under the skin of your topic and this is likely to make it really readable and compelling.

Plan Your Work Pragmatically

When it comes to actual dissertation writing tips, planning is paramount. The time you spend actually penning your dissertation will be minimal when compared with the research and planning so don’t even attempt to do so until you’re feeling confident. Also, be pragmatic. There is no point trying to multitask and do everything at the same time and your tutors will be able to assist with this. Plan out all phases of your dissertation and concentrate on each task fully, one at a time. This will ensure that you aren’t spreading your resource too thin and each aspect of your document will get the attention it deserves.

Adhere To Your Brief

It is ever so important that you check exactly what is required of you, as this is not the same across all universities and subjects. You will be given a brief at the start of your dissertation project so make sure this is at the forefront of your mind at all times; it’s very easy to go off on a tangent.

Some things you may want to keep an eye on are:

- Word Count
- Academic Style
- Submission Method
- Structure
- Sources
- Referencing

Again, this is very subject specific but don’t try to be clever and get creative with these guidelines as you will only lose marks.

Be Prepared To Cut & Edit

This is perhaps the biggest challenge you will face when writing your dissertation but one you need to ensure you get spot on. No one likes to delete work, especially if you thought it was ground breaking when you wrote it, but it is simply going to happen. There’s a chance you will delete or scrap more than you write but this is all part of creating a killer document and one that will go a long way to securing the degree qualification you deserve.

Editing is vital and as your argument develops you may even change your mind, or perhaps you will stumble upon some research which changes your conclusion. This is all perfectly acceptable and again, your tutors will be able to advise you on whether or not you are going in the correct direction. But just don’t be dismayed and be prepared to cut and edit your work, it’s a vital part of the process.

We believe these tips will set you well on your way to a great dissertation but there is no substitute for hard work and hours of research and investigation. Be sure that you love your topic and follow the rest of our advice and you should start as you mean to go on.

For more student advice pieces like these, be sure to explore the rest of the Almero Student Mansions blog.