How to write PhD dissertations: plan an overall work schedule
For such a large and important piece of work, it is important to have a detailed plan of how to go about completing a PhD dissertation. By managing your time more effectively, not only does it make the work easier, but you can have less stress when the deadline starts to approach. As a result, you can concentrate on your work more thoroughly rather than worrying about whether or not it be completed on time. This plan should outline a variety of factors to help you write your PhD dissertation, including the use of an overall work schedule.
- Be thorough with your plan
- Allow plenty of time to get the work done
- Do not forget to allow time to edit and proofread the final work
Before starting to create a plan, make a list of every possible main area that you will need to focus on in order to complete the work to a high enough standard. You do not have to necessarily plan every meticulous detail of every stage of the process; however, be should to include all stages and a reasonable overview of what is required for each stage.
During the planning stages, there will inevitably be factors that will need to be addressed that you may not know about at that stage. An overall work schedule should be designed to cover most of the requirements that are needed in order to write the work properly; however, to compensate for any unknown problems or obstacles that you may encounter, it is best to be sure to factor in an abundance of time, just in case it is needed. Of course, should you end up overestimating how much work will be required, then you can relax, or even put more effort into various areas. What you don't want though is to run out of time.
Editing/proofreading can potentially take a while, so make sure there is sufficient time left. Also consider any extra time it may take to format the work. It is easy to forget about these stages of the writing process, but they are crucial to getting the best grade possible. It would be very disappointing to write an excellent piece of work, only to be let down by unnecessary and preventable errors which are based on technical faults and not any issues surrounding the quality of the work itself.