Dissertation Writing Tips for Beginners: Vital Advice

No one is born knowing how to do something; everyone must go through a learning phase for each new thing they learn. Babies learn to crawl, walk, eat on their own, and speak. Young children learn how to write and count. Graduate students learn how to write dissertations. It would be nice if only minimal effort were needed as it is for certain things; however, writing a dissertation is unlike any other assignment that students will work on during the course of their studies. To aid in the process of learning, here is some helpful advice, tips, and writing tricks for the student beginning to write their dissertation.

Set a Schedule

It is very important to give yourself ample time to work on your dissertation. As soon as you know it is time to begin work, set down and make a schedule. Be realistic with the schedule, but do not skimp on it either. Set time aside and stick to it. Set goals and timelines so that you have something specific to work towards every time and not just the end result. The overall work will be easier if it is broken up and procrastination is less likely if the task does not seem so oppressive.

The Process

Of course, the first place to begin is choosing a topic. The next thing to do is write out a list of all the reasons you chose the topic you did. What does it mean to you, how does it affect you and your life, how does it affect others, how does it affect your chosen field? Next, write out all of the points you want to make and the facts that you will need to find a reference for. Now begin compiling references with links, authors, publication date, editors (when applicable), and where it was published. Be very cautious of the citations you use; only use the most reputable sources available. Then the real writing begins. Bear in mind while you write that you will more than likely have several drafts before the paper is complete.


After completing the main draft, look into hiring a professional editor to go over the document for even the smallest of errors. There are several places to find an editor including professional freelancing sites such as oDesk and Elance. These sites have hundreds of professional editors just waiting to work on your project. Never hesitate to state your terms and stick to them. Also, look for an editor with at least five years of experience and at least three years editing academic papers, preferably dissertations.