“How to write a thesis? I’m wondering whether or not I’ll be able to complete it. How long will I take to finish it? Will I get bored of writing thousands of words?” All these questions would pop up in your head when it comes to thesis writing.
Thesis writing is usually considered a dreadful part of a research. Organising thoughts and penning them down on papers is a herculean task. Below is an email that has been written from a PhD scholar. With his permission, I am sharing it with you.
I am a teacher and had taken the summer off for my thesis writing. I devoted maximum five to six hours in writing my thesis only once. I have spent days in leisure activities. I was terribly unproductive. I made a planner to be consistent, but I realized the problem was not limited to this. It was getting onerous to organize thoughts and most of the times I found it extremely boring. So I want you to suggest me some tips that can really be proved beneficial.
Thanks and Regards,
The first thought that you may have upon reading this email is that the writer is struggling with organizing thoughts and he has no interest at all in writing. He just wants to have it done in the blink of an eye. However, this problem is not faced by this PhD scholar only. More than 70% PhD scholars are reluctant to write thesis. Here are some useful tips that will help you finding thesis writing riveting.
Brainstorm and make some points how you’ll construct your argument
Prepare well before an attempt to writing. This will not only make your writing easier but interesting too. Collect the reference document and arrange in order of how you are going to use them, complete your analysis and have a look at published theses to get an idea of how to present results
Start only when you have complete information. Review it properly, and then outline a sketch how you’ll construct your thesis.
Check who’s your target audience. If you’re writing for a journal you should know and follow the writing and citation style they require. What is the key message that you want to convey to your audience? Which approach/methodology are you going to follow for thesis? Underline the important points in research material that you think to be mentioned for argument. What are your guidelines?
Don’t panic while writing
Writing for long hours seems tedious. It can cause pain in your neck, back, and shoulders. You start losing your interest and may give up. So when you start writing, get comfortable as much as you can. Make sure the place is calm where you sit and write thesis. Use a laptop or desktop and writing software that you are the most comfortable with. Gulp down a cup of coffee whenever you feel a bit jaded and tired. Comfortable zone prevents you from losing your interest in writing. This helps you complete your project in time.
Make writing a habit
To make your writing comfortable and enjoyable, you should start writing as soon as is conveniently possible for you. Schedule your writing everyday. Write some blogs about your research topic. This will boost your confidence and expand your knowledge that will reflect in your thesis. Read as much as you can. You’ll understand a writing style that you can adopt for the better presentation of your thesis.
To summarize if you put your efforts into writing, you’ll see theses results:
- You’ll see the greatest progress in your writing. You won’t find it boring that usually deteriorates your thesis.
- You’ll develop an academic voice. You’ll use vocabulary and jargons in a creative manner.
- You’ll be able to develop and organise your thoughts.