When it is time to write your dissertation, much of your success will depend on how well you plan out the next year of your life. As you seek your PhD, you must know this will be the most important document of your entire academic career. Follow our steps for success and our tips for survival as you work your way through this rigorous process.
Select your faculty advisor early and make sure the person you chose is the best fit for you. You want someone who holds similar interests to you, someone you know, and someone who has gone through this process in the past. Once you select this person, go to see them immediately.
When you visit your faculty advisor, you will learn that there are papers to be completed for your school and also for your department. One of the most important documents to complete will be the paper work you submit to seek approval for your topic.
As you look at possible topics, see where your heart lies, but also were there is plenty of creativity and research. Picking the most interesting topic in the world makes no sense if there is no support material for the topic. If your pick is not approved, you will have the opportunity to re-submit a new topic.
Go to the date the paper will be due, and skip one week backwards. This week is your buffer week. Then slowly and carefully work your way back to the present day. You need the buffer week in case you get sick, have a family emergency, fall behind, or simply need some time off from the project.
You need to eat well, exercise often, and get the right amount of sleep. If you stick to your schedule, all three of these things will be easier to do. You want to enjoy the process of research and writing, not be stressed during the project process.
You will want to talk to experts, educators, and authors in the field. Sometimes pinning these people down for an interview can take a while. You may also want to perform lab experimentations, interviews, and case studies of your own. You can use ones written by others, as well.
Understand there will be many versions and drafts of this document before it goes for submission and your argumentation. This is the natural process and if you follow our seven steps, you will find you can write an excellent piece of work.