How to Make Your Dissertation Paper

A dissertation is the most important milestone in your academic career. You will spend almost a year and hundreds of hours composing it. The paper should show what you have accomplished, the knowledge in your field, and give an idea of where you want to go in your career. Experts in the field, peers, and professors will read it. You will have to argue, or prove your thoughts, before a committee. The entirety or a piece of the paper will be published. So, those following you in your field may read what you have researched, composed, and published. You will want your piece to be solid and specific. Follow these four rules for accomplishing this!

Four Rules

  • Start general and move to specific-be general in presenting your topic at first. Then, as you present your ideas and try to prove them, move to more specific details. Think of the paper structure as an upside down pyramid. The introduction should be relative to the topic and not specific. It should then end with your thesis statement. You do not show all of your detailed ideas in the introduction. The body of the paper is where you are very specific. Always start general.
  • Seek professional help-you should use a professional. Think of the one job in the whole process that you like the least and then hire a pro to help you with that part. If research annoys use, use a research specialist. If you enjoy the research and writing, but are just too tired at the end to proof the piece, then hire a professional with fresh and trained eyes. There is no shame in hiring a professional. Additionally, you will find that using a tutor or writing company for help in only one section of your paper is quite affordable. Using them for just one section will relieve much stress. Students writing their dissertations use this method of support frequently. There is no shame in having a strong support system.
  • Do not be afraid to make changes-once you begin the outline and research phase of the project, you need to be flexible. An outline and paper that changes is following the correct process. These modifications are evidence that you are adjusting your thoughts and ideas to your findings. It can be frustrating sometimes to go back and change things, but this is a piece of the natural progression. It is far better to change to a stronger idea or point than to cling to a weak idea. You want to do the best you can even if it means a little extra work along the way.
  • Interview early and interview the right people-I highly recommend you interview early and that you over interview. By having access interviews, you will not have to stop midstream in the writing process and go back out into the field to gather more quotes. Also, try to mix up the experts you use. Look to scientists, authors, professors, business leaders in the field, and a variety of such others for your interviews and quotes. This variety show you were thorough and detail driven in seeking out the best people to support your ideas with quotes.

As you write this most important paper, you will want to start general and move to specific, seek professional help, be ready to make changes as you go, and to interview often with the right people. By following these four simple and important rules as you work, you can research and create an A grade piece.