Writing a thesis is a difficult task for many students because accumulating years of research in a single paper is some work. Trust me, writing a thesis is not as easy as some of you may think. However, it does not mean you can’t achieve it, once you make up your mind that you’ve got to do it, you’ll do it. However, one piece of advice from my side is to stay composed. Do not panic.
I have decided to post the golden tips of Thesis Writing specially designed for beginners.
I am sure when you start with your Ph.D, the simple idea of writing a thesis may seem incoherent to you. There are so many numbers, weird graphs, scientific language and so much more to deal with. Try opening any past thesis from the library and I am sure you are prone to panic. But, the key here is to stay relaxed. Know all the key requirements beforehand. For instance, know the submission date, word count, page formatting, etc,…before you begin the actual work.
Start As Soon As Possible
Start as early as you can. In fact, how about getting in the habit of making a final graph as soon as you are done with any experiment? This way you’ll get things sorted. Do not pile up the work for the last minute because that will only make the matters worse.
Write the Results First
The results of the thesis accommodate most of the pages in your thesis, but are the easiest bit as well. Here, you are just listing down what you saw and what happened during the experiment. Believe me! All you need to do is get started, and the best way to start is with the results section. Once a page is written, you are good to continue with the rest of the thesis.
Write the Introduction at the End
There’s always a connection between the conclusion and the introduction, so my advice would be to wait at the end to complete it, once the rest of the thesis is written.
Find a Comfortable Place to Work
Many people prefer to work in silence and use the library to write their thesis while others prefer to work in the office. Choose your preferred area to work in.
Make a Time Table
Making a timetable and following it helps a lot when writing a thesis. For starters, it divides the work you need to do into segments. For example, in your time table write how many segments you plan to do each day. Let’s say you are busy on Tuesday and have more time on Friday each week. So, complete more work on the day you have time and less on busier days. But, make sure to jot all this down on the timetable.
Take Regular Break
Regular breaks are equally important. You can’t sit down at once and try to complete everything at one go. You need rest, and so does your brain. During the break, try doing something to make you fresh and happy. For example, have some chocolate or use the internet for some time.
Give Equal Time for Formatting & Editing
Formatting your thesis is a very important and basic part of the thesis. You need to give it equal and enough time. Don’t rush at this part. You need to follow your university guidelines before you start writing. Trust me; it gets difficult to format each and everything later.
Get Feedback from Others
Everyone needs a fresh perspective for their thesis. After seeing your work over and over again, the mistakes seem invisible to you, and this is where the feedback from others may prove to be useful. So, ask a family or friend to give some time to your thesis and point out any errors. Obviously, you’ll only give your thesis to someone you trust. So, it’s an open call for you.
Look After Yourself
Like mentioned earlier, writing a thesis requires time, patience and moreover hard work. In the course of writing your thesis, give equal time to yourself. Do not strain and stress yourself. Just believe in yourself. You can do it. Take care of your eating habits, and give your brain some fresh air from time to time.