Dissertation Writing Milestones


Writing Advice from Former Students

If you want to know how to do something correctly, ask someone who has completed the task to show you. Many teachers have now gone to a method of teaching called modeling. This is when the teacher provides a completed piece for you to follow as you work. The teacher can also provide a template for you. However, one of the best ways to gather good advice is to ask former students questions. They can give you the various milestones of a dissertation.

Milestones of Dissertations

  1. Topic approval-a good topic or a bad topic can make or break your piece. Let your advisor guide you t the best possible topic that you can think of. It needs to be unique, show subject knowledge, and prove your point.
  2. Completion of paperwork-each department and school will have unique paperwork to be completed and submitted. Your advisor can help you with this. Most of these items have solid deadlines that must be met.
  3. Selection of faculty advisor-pick a faulty advisor that you know and that has gone through this dissertation process before this time. You do not want to be anyone’s experiment.
  4. Outline-make a detailed outline of what you are going to prove and what you have to do in order to prove it. You must know where you are going before you can get there.
  5. Interviews-decide who you will interview, when you will interview, contacts them for the appointments, and then do the interview. If you need more interviews, then go back and add names to your list and get the job completed.
  6. Case studies- go ahead and find or conduct your case studies. You can do your own or you can use ones completed by experts.
  7. Surveys-go ahead and find or conduct your surveys. You can do your own or use ones completed by experts.
  8. Write the abstract- this is important and some people do not do this until the end. It is a brief summary of what you are proving. It does not need to be longer than a page.
  9. Gather any more information needed-you can periodically look at the piece and see where new or additional support is needed. Gather it and then add it to the piece.
  10. Write the paper- now you can begin to write.
  11. Complete the methodology-you can also complete the methodology section at this time.
  12. Compose your thank you-you can now compose your acknowledgements.
  13. Send the paper out for edits-hire a professional to proof and edit the piece.
  14. Write the summary-the last thing you do s compose the summary of your findings.
  15. Correct the mistakes-fix all errors.
  16. Compile and write the reference page-be careful as you do this. You can’t make any errors on this step.
  17. Prepare the copies-have the right amount of copies printed and bound.
  18. Argue and win your case-all of your work is to no avail if you can’t argue and win your case. You would have to re-apply for a new dissertation topic, so you can re-do the paper and correct it. The committee will tell you what needs to be fixed.
  19. Get your degree-there will be more paperwork to be completed. You will have to apply to get your degree. And you will want to complete the proper work for graduation. You will want to walk across the stage to get your diploma and such!

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