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Top 10 Points to Remember While Writing a PhD Thesis

Thakur Raj Chauhan
Mar 21, 2015
1. Initiate Early, Do not afraid of Making Mistakes

The PhD students take forward their experience of undergraduate programs which creates a fear of being penalized for making mistakes in the research work. The most perfect and excellent way to get rid of mistakes is to do the practical approach of the work we are going to do. No matter, how well we plan the things but it will be a hard nut to crack to write your PhD thesis unless we have a practical experience.
Mistakes are necessary part of gaining a practical experience, so do those while having the opportunities to correct them.

2. Choose Your Institution and Mentor Carefully

Don't ever think only about the enrollment in an institution, but also consider whether the institution, research infrastructure and mentor are right for you or not. Choose a mentor from your research interest as he/she is going to have a huge effect on your PhD research and possibilities of successful completion.

3. Do not act over confident, treat yourself as a beginner

PhD thesis is not a pinnacle of the research; rather it is just entrance eligibility to the era of professional academic research. The PhDs might have done an excellent work in their graduation and post graduation but there is a huge difference between studying overnight for the exams and getting into research and conducting professional research.

So, for a PhD research you are just a starter, so develop the skills required for the research instead showing the previous one as they are already into yourself.

4. Try to know and Re-view the Literature

Read highly cited papers and never go on for reading a number of papers for the literature review. Read a few, but the good one and analyze these points:

I. What actually is done in the paper?
II. What was the objective to do so?
III. What approach was used to do so?
IV. What was the reason behind doing so?
V. What is the significance of doing so?

5. Practice Analysis

Start the practical work as early as you can so that the research approach and methodology can be tested and analyzed at the earliest. Do not leave the analysis part to the very end to prevent yourself from carrying out the analysis on a huge data set at the end.

Always do the analysis on a small scale and small data to not to goggle up at the end on a huge data set.

6. Do not leave yourself with NO Time to Think

As you get into the mid of your research, you might feel like running away from the time due to complexity of research and the workload and try to do the things bit faster. Doing everything at a rapid pace will not yield something more than obvious but will provide you the time to think for the solutions of problems to be faced at the very end of completion.

7. Switch between Creative and Productive Modes

You must the right time to switch between the creative and productive modes of yourself.

The ability to plan will lead to higher productivity but plans get failed at times so, bring your creativity into account at that time. The progress in the research work will be determined by solving the problem creatively when all the plans and deadlines get failed.

8. Do not Frustrate with the wrong decisions

Always remember that you are a human being and will commit mistakes. Sometimes the time invested and efforts made might go into vain. But, react positively in such circumstances while shrinking you into the face of frustration. Try developing a adaptive nature in response to challenging circumstances.

9. Decide and Act Accordingly

While writing a PhD dissertation you must have a set syllabus to follow and act upon it. At the time of starting a PhD thesis you have number of courses of actions to do an original research but you have to decide the best out of it. Just decide and take action instead going nowhere when you have many options left with you.

10. Be a guide for the reader

Writing a PhD thesis simply means to convey the information to the reader and keeping a record of the research done in the PhD research project. Do not ever get lost in writing by mixing the two things. Always try not to write and see what comes out as it is not the main goal of a PhD thesis.

Mark your job in a sense to guide the reader.
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