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How to Critically Evaluate your Dissertation

| May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

It is often a very difficult task to objectively evaluate your own work. Even friends may not be the best people to ask about it. To evaluate your own work, you need to set it against the backdrop of other research in your field. Step away from your dissertation and ask yourself: What do I think about this person’s work? Then sit down and read it, making notes as you would if it belonged to another researcher.

When you have finished the first reading address the comments and notes you have made and make any necessary changes. Then ask a fellow student to read it and comment honestly on it.

If you think the English in your dissertation is not up to the mark, then you should take it to a person who is a native speaker who will advise you on your work in terms of your use of English only. Usually there is a secretary in your department who, for a fee will type up theses and dissertations. This person would be the ideal one to ask to read through your work because he/she is used to the academic language used in that department and has a high standard of English language.

You cannot expect your tutor to evaluate your English or your academic work until you have taken the time to evaluate it before you hand it to him/her.  The last thing you need is to irritate your tutor by handing in work that is unintelligible.

You may have English for Academic Purposes lecturers who can assist you with your general writing, but they may not be inclined to read through a whole thesis to check mistakes. They are not paid as proofreaders or editors. They provide assistance with writing, but are not in the business of correcting the errors in a dissertation. They tend to confine themselves to the writing of essays.

Take some time to go through your dissertation and make the necessary changes and then have another person read through it and critically evaluate it before you give it to your tutor. You may need secretarial help or proofreading editing help from professionals, but that is for you to decide when you critically evaluate your dissertation.

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