The day you have been working towards for years has finally come. All you need to do is to take this last step towards earning the qualification that you have been chasing after with all your might. Yes, you have guessed it, it is time to start writing your dissertation.
Writing your dissertation might seem like a daunting task and for this reason we have put together this short guide on what to look out for and what pitfalls to avoid.
The first step in starting your dissertation is to choose a topic. This is one of the most important, yet tricky tasks. Choosing a good dissertation topic is essential because it defines your first piece of major research. Your topic impacts the rest of your dissertation. It is the compass the sets you on your initial course and it it is the plumb line that you need to keep in mind when checking if you are still on the right track.
The process can be time consuming. You will need to brainstorm around a title that is effective enough to gain your tutor’s approval and more importantly it needs to maintain your interest throughout the writing. While it might seem overwhelming, it is vital you get it right.
What Makes A Good Dissertation Topic?
- A good dissertation topic needs to be interesting. A boring topic will not grab the attention of your tutor and it will not retain your attention for the duration of the writing process.
- A good dissertation topic needs take your research resources into account. You need to be realistic about your access to resources, research and data. It is useless if you have a great topic, but you are unable to research it properly.
- A good dissertation topic needs be relevant to your current field of study and your degree. Your dissertation is an opportunity for you to showcase and expand on the knowledge and skills that you have acquired through your studies.
- A good dissertation topic needs to be original.For your dissertation to reflect well on you and your passion for interests, it needs to make a contribution to knowledge in your area of study.
What Difficulties Might Students Face When Creating A Dissertation Topic?
It is a common belief among students and academics that coming up with a great dissertation topic is actually the hardest part of the dissertation writing process. There are a number of different reasons for this belief.
Coming up with a truly original dissertation topic requires an in-depth knowledge of a subject area connected to the topic you would like to explore. This often means that the student needs to spend a lot of time researching and reading up on various areas and subjects connected to their studies, before they are knowledgeable enough to decide whether it will make a good topic for their dissertation or not.
While it is often frustrating to spend so much time reading a researching various possible areas that you might be interested in writing about, it is possibly one of the most important steps that you can take. There is nothing worse than devoting a large amount of time to reading, writing and researching a specific topic only to eventually realise that it is not appropriate for your dissertation. Rather start with a broad list and as you read and research start narrowing it down until you have a short list, that you can discuss with a dissertation consultant or expert.
By following these steps and by consulting with a dissertation consultant such as Liezel Korf, you can avoid the common problems that many students face when writing their dissertation.
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