Writing a thesis or dissertation is a matter of strategy
Although writing a thesis or dissertation appears to lack the structure of your earlier academic career, it may be likened to writing an examination. Specifically, the content of each chapter must meet certain objectives, just as your answers to different examination questions.
Ironically, the first step of the 'writing a thesis or dissertation' should not involve writing. Rather, it should involve asking yourself, 'What questions must I answer when I write the introduction, literature review, research design / methodology, results, conclusion and so on?''
The next step is to structure your answers for each of these 'questions'. You should write only after this point, ie if you want to complete your thesis or dissertation successfully and quickly. Your Dissertation Dragon tutor or coach can help you to deeply understand those questions in simple terms and, more importantly, show you how to answer them.
Writing a thesis or dissertation introduction
The introduction of your thesis or dissertation should explain how your study will make a 'meaningful contribution' to the field.
To convince your thesis / dissertation committee, your introduction should cover some key discussion points. Even if you have not yet figured out how your study addresses these discussion points, it is useful to understand them as soon as possible. Essentially, these discussion points will become writing objectives for the introduction of your thesis or dissertation.
Understanding these writing objectives of your project's introduction will help you to streamline your efforts and is guaranteed to save you much heart ache and time in the long run.
Ask for help about effectively writing the introduction of your thesis or dissertation.
Reading for & writing a critical literature review
our dissertation or thesis tutor / coach can help you to successfully manage and complete this often overwhelming stage. Depending on your particular situation, this can involve one or several approaches that include: understanding the purpose of your literature review; developing a customized outline that will streamline the otherwise tedious reading and writing processes; knowing the best sources of literature; explaining and even illustrating how examiners expect you, an unpublished research student, to 'critically analyze' the work of leading published academics and, (for social science projects), spotting clues for operationalizing your research constructs.
Do not make the common mistake of aimlessly reading and writing. Your tutor, coach or consultant can show you how to streamline your reading and writing efforts.
Developing a sound research design for the 'Methodology' section
In the case of many theses and dissertations, this chapter marks the point at which your project becomes truly original and creative. Additionally,. the reliability, validity and or trustworthiness of the results of your research project will depend heavily on the strength of your research design and methodology.
Consequently, this section is often the single most heavily weighted in the marking scheme of many research programs. Get your personal research tutor, coach or consultant to guide you through making sound research design and methodology decisions.
Such help often includes deciding on the most feasible and suitable research philosophy / philosophies, research approach(es), research strategy / strategies, data collection method(s), appropriate sampling design, sample size, data collection and data analysis processes.
Ask your Dissertation Dragon tutor or coach for help you in formulating a sound research design / methodology section. In most cases, your tutor, coach or consultant can suggest ethical workarounds for methodological challenges.
Reporting the findings
This section simply reports on the outcome of your data analysis. For instance, for research involving quantitative data, this often involves using several statistical tests (like the inter-scale reliability tests) to inform examiners of your study's reliability and validity, descriptive statistics (like the mean, median, mode, standard deviation, ranges and so on) to meaningfully describe your sample and inferential statistics (like t-tests, ANOVAs, correlations, regressions and so on) to answer more specific questions about relationships between multiple variables.
Ask whether a tutor, coach or consultant can help you to interpret and report the findings in a meaningful way.
Conclusions & Recommendations
Ask Dissertation Dragon to guide you in your closing section. Your discussion may involve authoritatively explaining your findings, implications of your findings, research limitations, recommendations for further research and so on.
Writing an abstract
An abstract is somewhat like a movie blurb; very short but content rich. After having worked on your research project for an extended period of time, the thousands of details are likely to remain so fresh in your mind that it may be quite challenging to compress tens or even hundreds of thousands of words of into a couple hundred. Ask your Dissertation Dragon thesis or dissertation tutor to go through the technique of writing an abstract for your thesis or dissertation.
Your oral presentation or defense or viva voce
Depending on your particular school requirements, you may need to make an oral presentation, sometimes called a 'defense' or 'viva voce' of your proposed and or final research project. You are expected to act the part of the leading expert (of your dissertation / thesis topic) among fellow scholars.
Ask your Dissertation Dragon tutor or coach to help you to prepare for this oral presentation or examination.
Project Quality Review
A project quality review by a Dissertation Dragon consultant involves providing you with detailed feedback. Your thesis or dissertation consultant will review your project and respond by email with comments and suggestions for improvement.
This service is primarily concerned with ensuring that you have produced quality content that meets chapter objectives. Consequently, project quality reviews do NOT focus on matters usually associated with editing. In other words, despite the occasional edit, do not expect your thesis or dissertation consultant to dwell on issues like spelling and grammar. Instead, expect to be engaged in ways that will enhance your project's scholastic quality. For instance, discussions may develop about your definitions, choices and justifications for a particular research design. In short, the aim is to help you to demonstrate solid scholastic maturity.
On call support
This service gives you access to your Dissertation Dragon tutor, coach or consultant between sessions.