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Top Five Tips for Essay and Dissertation Writing

| October 17, 2011 | 6 Comments

You have done all the research and hard work, and formed your ideas and theories – now all you need to do is put it all on paper.  Though on the surface this might seem like the easiest part of the process, for many actually writing their essay or dissertation can be more difficult than it first appears.  Here are five tips to help you get it done.

1: Get Started

In many cases picking up that laptop and starting to type is the most challenging part of the entire process.  There is nothing more intimidating than a cursor flashing on an empty computer screen, and many people find that the first few words are the hardest to write.  The key here is to simply get something – anything – written; you can always change it later, and once you have written the first few words the rest should start to come more easily.  When you do start, make certain you have all your research materials handy, as well as a clear idea of how you are going to structure your dissertation.

2: Writing Your Argument

Remember that your argument must be clear, well-formed and completely backed up by your research.  Although you may know your subject matter inside out, it is new to the reader.  Don’t make assumptions; explain everything to the best of your ability.

3: Keep it Clear

Avoid the temptation to use only long sentences.  Make certain your paper is clear, succinct and well-punctuated, alternating between long and shorter sentences.  Mixing up your sentence length will help to hold your reader’s attention.

4: Don’t Waffle or Repeat

If might be tempting to waffle or repeat yourself to fill space, but this should be avoided at all costs.  You are trying to convey that you know what you are talking about and have researched your subject matter thoroughly.  If you have to resort to repetition to fill your pages, the reader will know that you have underprepared.

 5: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to ask a lecturer, friend or family member to read over what you have written as you go.  Doing this saves you from reaching the end of your dissertation only to find that you have completely missed the point you were trying to make.

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