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Advanced guide to dissertation writing - how to work on your paper efficiently

Anyone who has got to the stage where they are writing a dissertation will know this is a major undertaking. And this article is listed as an advanced guide to dissertation writing. In other words we are looking at fine tuning your skills and activities so that you work on your paper even more efficiently than before. What are other things you can consider and even put into practice that will make this so?

  • Improve your ability to extract information from research material.
  • Surround yourself with a feedback group you can trust.
  • Become very fussy about a timetable and milestones.
  • Maintain your pace.
  • Spend as much time on your lifestyle as you do on your dissertation.

It can be a skill to be able to locate relevant research material. It helps of course if this material is easy to access. But where you can markedly improve your efficiency is an ability to read the research material and take sufficient notes in as short a time as possible. How do you do that? There are many different ways. You can invent your own system of shorthand. If you can mark the documentation you are reading then the use of highlighter pens can increase your efficiency.

Not working alone when writing your dissertation is a darn good idea. Find someone you can trust who is willing to read on a regular basis what you have written. Ask them to be open and honest and tell you what they think. By getting this regular feedback you get to think about and consider just what you are doing and this can improve your efficiency.

Everyone has a timetable and a set of milestones but the most efficient dissertation writing students are those who are super fussy about these things. Don't have any vague ideas about a milestone or a finishing date. Be very specific and be very fussy.

It's important that you maintain a steady pace in writing your dissertation. If you have long sessions every once in a while you get out of the rhythm or the swing of working on your dissertation. It is better to have a set time every day if possible and maintain a steady pace.

And it's important to understand that your health and well-being both mentally and physically is directly related to the health and well-being of your dissertation. If you get your lifestyle balance right the chances are that you will become a more efficient writer of a dissertation.


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