Top 10 Dissertation Writing Tips, Tricks And Rules For Students


Writing your dissertation is one of the largest and most complex projects that you will embark on. Here are some tips, tricks, and rules to follow to make it run smoothly.

  1. Think analytically
  2. You have to analyze the data. This paper is not like a research paper where you gather some information and then write about it. You have to make an analysis from the data that you have collected.

  3. Organize your time effectively
  4. This is a paper that is going to take a lot of time and energy. You won’t be able to just throw it together in a few hours or even a few days. It is important to make sure that you devote enough time every day to your dissertation. You have to organize your time effectively so that you don’t run out of time or get close to crunch time and run out of time.

  5. Use an outline
  6. You should create a detailed outline including full sentences and transitional phrases.

  7. Change your topic if necessary
  8. Just because you set out with one topic doesn’t mean that you have to keep that topic. As you conduct more research, you may find yourself changing your topic and that is totally fine. Just readjust your outline and continue working.

  9. Choose to work on your dissertation during active times
  10. There are certain times during the day that you have the most energy and the most concentration. Do not choose to work on your dissertation when you are tired or when you are super relaxed. You won’t be very productive.

  11. Find a work space
  12. You need to find a desk or a place that is free of distraction and just concentrate. Don’t sit on your bed to work on your paper because this is a place that you relax and sleep and your body will start to relax and you will get tired faster. It will also take twice as long to concentrate on what you are doing if you try to work on your paper with the television or radio on.

  13. Make a ritual
  14. Set aside some time each day to work on your paper. Create a ritual and stick to it.

  15. Work in downtime
  16. If you are bored or have some downtime, get a direct quote for your paper or find another source. Just spend a little of your downtime working on your paper.

  17. Learn the rules
  18. There are specific criteria and regulations that you have to follow. You have to make sure that you learn everything that you can about these regulations early so you aren’t trying to abide by the rules when it is crunch time.

  19. Release stress
  20. Take time for yourself to release some stress. You will have a lot going on for you with school, dissertation writing, and work. Find time to just relax and take your mind off of things.

Good luck. Don’t feel alone because everyone struggles with this difficult and life-changing project.