What Are the Ways to Raise Your Efficiency Writing a Dissertation

Writing your dissertation may be one of the most defining moment s of your academic career. It will take you months to prepare – approvals, research, drafting, more research and lots of revision. While many graduate students have succumbed to the belief that it will be such a huge undertaking that there isn’t really anything they can do but spend as much energy as possible within the given time. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is there are many ways to make writing a dissertation quite efficient. Here are some suggestions:

  • Make a plan and start early: When approaching a long piece of work like this it’s always a good idea to make a plan. Purchase a desk calendar, a wall calendar, use your computer’s planner, or anything else that you find helpful to set deadlines and goals. Start from day one and be sure to incorporate some dates for much needed rest and recovery.
  • Keep your research data in order: Research can get a bit confusing and will be even more so when you can’t quite remember where it is you found your information. That’s why you should develop a system for taking notes and citations and be absolutely diligent about it. Additionally, you may want to review your notes as you go and see if you can rearrange them so that they are even more categorized and organized.
  • Give yourself some quiet space to work: There may have been a time when you were able to write a five-page essay or report while sitting in front of the television or listening to the latest heart-thumping dance music. Writing a dissertation is an entirely different animal and requires your complete focus and attention. Find quiet spaces to work (your home desk or a library) where you know you will be able to get through a few hours of work without getting distracted.
  • Seek help when needed: Talk to your advisor! Make it a regular point to meet each week or more frequently if you need more guidance or your work becomes complicated. Your advisor is there to help and will be more than happy to meet with you 30 minutes each week to check on your progress and offer suggestions.
  • Be kind to your health: Don’t forget to take a break. Remember that calendar you were supposed to be using? Keep those days off so that your body and mind can recover. Eat regularly and healthily and don’t forget to get a full night’s sleep whenever you can. Many students burn out and the result of this shows, unfortunately, in the work they hand in at the end of the year. Don’t become one of these students. Be kind to yourself.