Completing Your Dissertation: 10 Strategies for Success 71

Completing Your Dissertation: 10 Strategies for Success

This article was written by Kevin, a professional educator and a private tutor with over 8 years of experience.

Writing a dissertation is not easy. If you feel stuck from time to time, then the good news is that you are not alone in this position. Many students feel just as exhausted as you do.

Writing a thesis is very time-consuming.

Arunav Sanyal said on Quora that it took him around 4 months and every weekend during three months of the summer break to complete a thesis.

Meanwhile, Megan McNames states that it took her “282 hours total. That includes 67 hours of research (lit review and user research), 60 hours of design and development, 11 hours of user testing and about 144 hours of writing and editing.” Her paper was around 110 pages, and she added that additional 30 hours went on delivering an initial proposal.

However, they all did it despite all the time it took and all the stress it brought. And so can you. All you need right now is to get through the burnout, learn how to write a thesis statement and all the other parts of a dissertation and choose a proper strategy to success.

Wondering what that might be? We have the answer, so read on to find that out!

Tips for Dissertation Writing

1. Choose your topic wisely.

Remember that you will have to spend several months (if you are a diligent student) working on this paper. In order not to end up hating every minute of writing about this topic, choose something you feel passionate about and have profound knowledge in.

2. Improve your communication with the committee and an advisor.

Communication can open many doors for you, so make sure to build bridges from the start.

Let them know that you cannot wait for weeks for their answers and that you are determined to deal with all the tasks timely. Besides, make sure you make the most out of this communication: as teachers, they have a much better idea of what you are to do. So, use their wisdom for your own good!

3. Start early.

Do not postpone until the last minute. It is better to start earlier while you still can seek assistance.

Plan your thesis writing ahead of time, and use every minute of your day for this task.

4. Find great technological solutions for this matter.

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For instance, Remember the Milk offers you to keep track of all your plans. The app is available on all devices, so you will be able to keep track of your plans at all times.

5. Learn how to speed-read.

When looking for evidence to support your ideas, you will have to read tons of different sources. So, learning how to speed-read can be a huge blessing to you.

According to the ExecuRead, it takes you around 2 minutes to finish a page in a non-technical source, and almost 6 minutes if the source contains technical explanations. This all means that if you don’t want to live in a library, speed-reading is the solution for you.

6. Research well first.

Research is the foundation of your paper. You cannot continue building if you have not build a strong foundation first. So, to know what to write about and focus on in your paper, consider studying the subject well first.

7. Stay organized.

Do not jump from one task to another, as it takes you longer to get back on track.

Wrike states that only 2% of all people are good at doing several things at once. Meanwhile, others are simply wasting their time. So, stay organized and finish one task before starting the next one.

8. Say “No” to distractions.

Practice the “gadget-free desk” hours, as they can do real wonders. For instance, an app called “Rescue Time” can track the browser time productivity.

9. Do not strive for perfection.

You need to finish the thesis, but you do not have to eat yourself up in case you feel like you could have done much better. Excellence is great but not if it drives you crazy or makes you very unhappy with the results you are achieving. Be realistic, and do not push yourself to the limits.

10. Give it some time.

Every great scholar started at the same point of writing their first dissertation. They all had their struggles, felt exhausted and faced an absolute lack of ideas for their dissertation. But they went through it, because they knew why they were doing this.

Do not try to outdo yourself and keep going at your own pace. One day you will finish this dissertation, as long as you keep moving toward it slowly but steadily.

Wrapping it all up, we would like to point out that finishing your dissertation is absolutely possible. But only if you are using the proper strategy. Use ours, and you will be surprised with the results.

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!


This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.