A substantial part of your academic studies will consist of background reading on your subject, as well as identifying key texts by specialists in your chosen field.
This section will introduce you to some things you will need to be aware of when conducting your research. If you click on a link below, use the back button to return to this list – or use the drop-down menu for Reading, Research and Dissertations, above:
Choosing a topic is the most important and difficult choice most students face when thinking of writing a dissertation. It becomes overwhelming, nerve-racking and sometimes can lead to panic attacks. Here are some tips to get you started:
Here is a link which can be used to help choose an appropriate topic and how to get started. The information is from Birkbeck, University of London – http://www.bbk.ac.uk/ems/faculty/phd-students/smith/presentations/dissert_f
Once your topic has been approved by your tutor, you need to try and develop a question that guides your project. Tailor your project to focus on these three things:
This is the key tool to ensuring you are on the right path while researching, continously asking yourself – will this help me address the problem ?, how would it address the issue ?, why is this informtion useful ? Any drawbacks and how can it be countered ?
We tend to procastinate alot as humans so it is important to be self-aware of when this problem starts to happen and how to tackle it. Some common reasons people procrastinate about:
This is where planning becomes very vital. It is necessary to identify when you start procrastinating and try to review what you’re expecting from yourself. What motivates you ? Who motivates you ? What has helped you come this far ? Its only a couple more months of tears and stress and pain but the reward after is so worthwhile and long lasting. Always remember that “NO GOOD THING IN LIFE COMES EASY”. Here are some tips on avoiding procrastination:
The structure of a good dissertation usually includes the following:
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