5 Things to Avoid When Writing Your Dissertation
Picture the scene: youre a student, youre in your final year at university, its almost February, and you still havent started your dissertation. Sounds a bit stupid right?
HELLO its you Im talking about.
So turn off your tablet, step away from Twitter, and spend the next five minutes reading our invaluable guide to dissertations.
And then get on with it!
Dont put it off any longer
Its not going to go away, and its not going to get any easier. The best way to start your dissertation once you have decided on your question is to open a blank word document and just start typing. Dont try to edit as you go along, just write whatever comes into your mind and edit it later.
The psychological benefits of having started cannot be underestimated and youll feel so much more motivated, even if 90% of what youve just written is utter drivel.
Dont ask friends how much theyve done.
Theyll probably lie and youll only feel worse. Either way, you dont have time for it.
At some point in the not too distant future probably when youre about half way through completion you will have a complete crisis of confidence and just want to delete everything youve written so far, so you can start again.
Dont do this. Its completely normal. It will pass.
Dont try to have a life
As of today, and for the next five months, your life is not your own. It belongs completely and entirely to your dissertation. You will go to sleep thinking about it, dream about it, and it will be the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning. Theres no more time to party or socialise, and even eating will seem a waste of time. Stock up on URBAN eat sandwiches and pastries to help you through these stressed times.
Your dissertation is a selfish beast.
Dont expect your family to understand
Your non-university friends and family will try to be supportive, and may even get as far as asking you what your dissertation topic is. You will explain it to them in great detail, at which point youll probably notice a distant faraway look in their eyes as you explain.
This will be the last time theyll ever ask you about your dissertation again. Theyre not being rude, they still love you, its just not very interesting for them.