Writing a dissertation will most likely be the most difficult, time-consuming, and nerve-wracking experience throughout your entire academic career. “Time-consuming” is probably the keyword here – although dissertations related to some disciplines, like accounting, math, physics, architecture, chemistry, or economics tend to be relatively short, especially if you deal with a solution of a previously unsolved problem, with most other subjects it will just not cut. If you study English literature or arts, it is not unheard of to write dissertations 500 to 1000 pages long. Even if you have already done your research, simply typing such an assignment will take you a few weeks of uninterrupted labor at the very best. In such a situation, any practice that can shorten the process is a godsend – and it is exactly what you are going to find in this article. So, what can you do to speed up the process of writing your dissertation or Master’s thesis without sacrificing its quality?
1. Hire a Dissertation Editing Service
One of the first things you should consider is getting some kind of assistance. Whether you study biology, engineering, English, finance, journalism, management, psychology, or something else entirely, it is never a good idea to be your own editor and proofreader. Even if you are a top student when it comes to that subject and you do not believe that your writing can be improved upon, it is better to ask somebody else to edit and proofread your paper. The thing is, when you are editing your own writing, you are much more likely to miss mistakes and neglect potential improvement opportunities. It is especially true for large assignments like dissertations – consulting a professional hired from a reliable online company is a much better solution than trying to do everything by yourself. You will not even have to spend much – the rates of such services are relatively cheap these days.
2. Use a Citation Machine
Citation machines are tools that help writers (both students and experienced academic authors) bring their writing in accordance with their chosen formatting style. If, for example, you write your essay in APA style, it will help you create citations and bibliography entries according to the requirements of this style. You will not have to look at every different type of source in the style guide – it will be enough to type in or copy/paste all the relevant information about the source into the machine. It will produce the correct bibliography entry or citation all by itself. These results do not even need proofreading, as they are built by a relevant algorithm and are always correct.
3. Work Backwards
You will find something like this recommendation in most “Dissertation for Dummies” types of manuals. Do not try to write individual parts of your Ph.D. dissertation in a logical order. Instead, start with the results and organize them in a way that makes as much sense as possible. Then, build the rest of your dissertation around them. Write your discussion or conclusion (depending on what kind of paper you write), move on to methodology and the literature review, and complete everything with an introduction. This approach makes a dissertation much more coherent – in addition to speeding up the process of writing itself.
4. Start as Early as Possible
“My dissertation is due in two days! What can I do?” If yours is one of such jobs, then, frankly, there is not much that can be done. One of the reasons why you should start as soon as possible after you receive a task to write a dissertation is not just because it is a huge assignment that requires a great deal of time and effort to complete. It is that you are not exactly free when you do it. You have to comply with all kinds of requirements and discuss the details of your work with your instructor before you start it to have your topic and proposed methodology approved. In other words, there is a lot to do even before you start writing. If you put your dissertation off, you will have to do all this coordination in a hurry, which is not always possible.
5. Do not Fall into Perfectionism
When you write, do not expect the first draft of your dissertation to be perfect. Write it while fully expecting that you will have to rewrite most (if not all) of what you write later on. It will greatly speed up your writing process, helping you to find the best combination between speed and quality.
As you can see, there are a lot of ways to speed up your dissertation writing quality; to apply most of them, you will not have to cut corners. Using them simply means being more efficient and purposeful in your work.