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  • Michael 7:09 am on September 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Some common mistakes in reporting style 

    1. Verbs
    2. Tenses and grammar
    3. No proofreading!
    4. Unnecessary background and highlights
    5. Spellings and typos
    6. Inaccurate quotes, phrases or words
    7. Over simplification. Sometimes use of jargons or technical words is necessary.
    8. Superficiality i.e., Re-writing something in a different way
    9. Anthromorphism. Being short of words or the exact terms and using loads of words to explain things.
    10. Other common mistakes and reporting of results
    11. Not understanding the significance of ‘significance’. Yes, it is really important to tell about the significance of doing a research in the particular topic because if you will fail to convey that to the evaluators they will probably have no interest in reading further.

  • Dr S Loretti 4:45 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Who can help you with Editing? 

    – Your supervisors are the best to consult with. They can guide you throughout the whole process though, but it is really good if you go to them for help as they have all the updates.
    – Look for Library catalogues or even browsing internet would work well.
    – Try to attend available Workshops/tutorials on Thesis Writing and Editing.
    – Graduates in your group or work colleagues could also be a great option, as they’ll available at any time you need an advice.
    – A professional editor is also a good option available these days. If your pocket allows you to spend some extra pounds.
    Going for any one of these options will work great for you and you’ll surely be able to get an error free work with some useful suggestions to improve.

  • Michael 4:55 am on September 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to write the Abstract? 

    Since an abstract is a summary of the whole research, it is important to cover all the details about it.
    Paragraph 1. What is the problem?
    Not more then 3-4 lines should be written about the problem to tell the readers about it clearly.

    Paragraph 2. Why is the problem hard?
    – What has eluded us solving it?
    – What does the literature says about it?
    – What are the obstacles/challenges?

    Paragraph 3 What is your approach to solve it?
    – How come you solved it?
    – Write about the claims that your thesis plans to improve or demonstrate.

    Paragraph 4. What is the consequence of your approach?

    – Tell them about the impacts.
    – What does your approach/result enable?

  • morry1 4:25 am on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Tips on writing a good proposal 

    Below are some tips which can help you get your thesis proposal selected in the first go-
    1. Always remember that the main purpose of writing a proposal is to convince your guide.
    2. Your proposal should look like that you have done enough research about the topic and really want to start with the next step. Though you need not mention each and everything you found in the proposal.
    3. You must mention the outcomes and shortcomings of the previous research and also why do you want to start with this topic
    4. It should convince the reader that you’ll be able to formulate a testable hypothesis and test it in a planned manner.

    • kelly 12:17 pm on November 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Morry
      Thanks for this post. I am really confused as to what all should i mention in the proposal. Do i need to include a detailed literature review? because if i don’t, will the research gap be justified? Also, my guide says i must mention the research methodology in the proposal. What if i am not able to gather the targeted data from the primary sources? Is it okay to modify the methodology once it is approved?

  • jackthomas01 4:41 am on September 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Importance of Editing 

    Completing a thesis is a complex task that includes research, writing and editing before submitting. It is very important to perform the editing step to make our work look more professional and impressive. Try to to get it done from a expert or a friend of yours who has past experience in it because doing this really needs keen eyes.
    The editor must make sure that he checks all the details right from the heading to footers thoroughly. A check on logical order is also to be made to see if the content is written in a flow or not. Check for all the typos and grammatical errors before preparing the final draft.
    Check to be sure if the conclusions and recommendations are related to problem or not.
    If one pays attention to all these points there will very less chances of rejections.

    • GarryL 11:34 am on October 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      this happened last week. My supervisor rejected my thesis stating that my expression and grammar need to be checked. She suggested i contact a professional editor to do it for me since i am not familiar with anyone who could do it for me. are professional editors very expensive? A friend of mine says they are. And is it safe to give them your work? Will my research be safe from copying? I am really confused and frustrated. please help!!

  • Rosaline 4:53 am on September 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    What is a great PhD Dissertation? 

    First thing which should be kept in mind while opting for research is that the area and the topic you’ll choose should vast and it should open doors for future research.
    It should always leave an impact on the readers and the evaluators. They should get a question in their minds that, “When will somebody else will pick this topic of research?”
    It should also give an impact that the research has really changed a few things or the problem you chose, really need to be solved. Try to end your research with a question mark so the people look forward to more.
    In case your topic is too technical then you should try to make it a little accessible and understandable to others.. Keeping in mind all these points will surely help you get a great dissertation.

  • Lucy Watson 9:56 am on September 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to write a Dissertation Proposal 

    Dissertation proposal writing is the second step after topic selection. If you are lucky enough that your guide approved the topic of your choice in the first go, then you really need to work hard on preparing a very impressive proposal to get it also approved so that you can start with the research work.. A good proposal shoul answer the following questions –

    • What is the problem issue you are going to work on?
    • Why do you thik it is a problem?
    • Why is it improtant to address it?
    • Why do you want to look for answers and solutions?
    • Why did you choose that problem?

  • morry1 4:39 am on September 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to write a persuasive dissertation 

    Tips on writing a persuasive dissertation-
    1. Identify the target reader first.
    2. Start with one or two very strong and convincing sentences so that the audience is temted to read further.
    3. Write a paragraph about the problem and dissertation from your point of view so that the audience will understand and will keep in mind while reading.
    4. Write clearly and concisely
    5. Try to create a connect between you and your audience.
    6. You can even try to cite the opposite point of view
    7. Give yourself atleast 2 days for writing a thesis.
    8. Do get a grammar check and formatting check to make it look more professional and impressive.

  • jackthomas01 4:40 am on September 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to choose a dissertation topic? 

    Choosing a right topic for dissertation writing is really important. As, if we fail to choose the correct topic we will not be able to do a quality work. Here are some tips to choose a right topic-
    1. Always make sure to explore your interest area.
    2. Try to pick a topic which has interested you through out your graduation and post graduation
    3. Think about why would you like to study that particular problem
    4. Read as much as can about the previous researches and outcomes of them. Prepare a strong LR
    5. Choose a do-able topic.
    6. Try to find out the reasons why your topic got rejected previously.
    7. Be in touch with your guide and discuss as much as you can about your interest areas.

    • Mariane 4:13 pm on November 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      These tips are quite useful jack. I would like to add something my supervisor explained to me while I began with my research.
      The research topic that you choose should be something that interests you and that you are considerably passionate about. Most important is that your topic or area of study should be specific. It should neither be too broad nor be too narrow. If the topic is too broad, you are likely to face problems while drawing conclusions. On the other hand, if your topic is too narrow, you are likely to face difficulty in data collection.
      so before you finalize the topic, determine the scope of research.

  • Michael 9:49 am on September 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Tips on Data Analysis 

    Data Analysis is considered to be the most crucial step in a dissertation process. If we’ll pay a little attention to it, it surely pays us back by getting the desired results. Here are few quick tips on how you can do it in a better manner –
    1. Form a clear, Specific, And Concise Hypothesis BEFORE Analysis as it gives a better understanding and also it becomes much easier to do the analysis.
    2. Choosing the right analysis technique is really important. You must try to consult your guide before opting for one to avoid duplicacy.
    3. Always re-check your Assumptions before you start with the Analysis. It is really important that they are related to each other.
    4. Always perform the Analysis on a rough draft first. Show it to your guide if he approves then prepare the final copy.

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