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  • Make a Good Dissertation in a Jiffy

    Time is running out and you are still far from completing your dissertation, the first advice to all those who are running against time is to not panic and take it easy. Getting anxious and panicky is the easiest thing to do and the most common behaviour to find in people when the deadline is approaching. But a panic stricken student will never be able to produce a quality dissertation, which will be appreciated by all.

    Some practical tips to make sure that your dissertation not just completes on time but is also well written and fetches you good scores, are:

    Set a plan for yourself: Starting to type whatever comes in your mind without having a plan in place is not a good idea.  The better your planning is, easier it becomes for you to put your learning and thought into words. To make a good plan, on a piece of paper, make a list of the days that you have in hand and what all you have to accomplish. Making a plan and sticking to it is a good way to achieve your goal.

    Make sure, your writing answers your question: A lot of students when they are writing in a hurry, lose track of the question that they are supposed to answer, the main objective of their research. If you keep forgetting your main question, it is a good idea to write it on a piece of paper and put it at a place where it keeps coming back to you as a reminder.

    Have a proper environment to work in:  You wouldn’t be able to bring out results of your effort, if your environment does not support your effort and it is not a conducive place to study. Give yourself a peaceful and quiet area where you can utilise the limited time that you have, in the best possible way.

    Make sure you revise well: How much ever less time you have, a good dissertation cannot be created in the first attempt. In the first stage, all writers write, without inhibitions of errors and mistake, so when they finish writing, they must check and revise their work.  Editing and proofreading is as important a task, as writing of dissertation is.

    Have a perfect Thesis Statement: Your thesis statement is a summary of your entire document. It has to be true and accurate, to the best possible level.

    If you take care of these things, even with the paucity of time, you can create a wonderful dissertation that would fetch you great grades.

    Emotions and Research, how to deal with them?

    Research is hard and it burns you out.  Statistics reveal that a large number of scholars, pursuing PhD, quit half way itself. The reasons can be many, but the majority leaves because of frustration with their thesis and research challenges.

    There is something that you must know before you step into a doctoral program. Some key things to remember all the time are:

    Following these tips would help you to deal with emotional challenges that crop in a PhD programme, in a much better way.

    Some easy part time job options for doctoral students

    In a long journey of doctoral studies, a stage of such dilemma does occur where   the inflow of money isn’t just sufficient. With the shortage of time and the kind of commitments that a PhD demands, there isn’t much time or energy that is left for contributing in another job all together. But all doors aren’t closed and there still are options for PhD scholars to find part time job options that can help them to face the money related issues in a PhD programme in an easier way.

    Some of the most commonly found part time jobs for PhD students are:

    With this and many more options that are available, research scholars can smoothly handle the problem of money that they would be facing in their long and demanding PhD journey. So, what are you waiting for?

    It is the commercial era, you need to promote your research!

    Researchers are always keen to publish their research but rarely do they think about promoting it. For the purpose of promotion they depend upon the most conventional and formative promotional tool, word of mouth. The selective few who make a deliberative attempt to promote their research are mostly looked down upon in the academic community. But I think there isn’t anything wrong with promoting your research.  Rather it is something that should be encouraged. This is because many a times the most outstanding and ground breaking research tends to get lost in the midst of the ordinary because it doesn’t get enough promotion. You need to find and adopt some topical and useful ways of promoting your research. They are:

    Conventions: paper presentations at conventions has been an approach by many, for a long time to come. It gives the researcher an opportunity to showcase his research in a formal way and also at the same time indulge into informal discussion with other participants and researchers present there.  Participating in such events can further open the door to more promotional opportunities, such as media coverage.

    Interviews to journalists:  There is abundance of availability of scientific magazines, specific to almost all genres of research. In addition newspapers, television shows and magazines like to incorporate columns on current news. You need to be vigilant about the sources for publication that can be linked with your topic. Also keep in mind the reputation of the media before finalising it as a source of promotion. Also do ensure that whatever they decide to publish about your research, you get to check it and approve it before.

    Varied kinds of seminars: there are industrial seminars, academic seminars, university promotion seminars. Find  the seminars that are being conducted in your access zone and if you think they will be happy to give you a platform to exhibit your research because it is novel and constructively contributing, you must go ahead and get it done.

    Clubs and other groups:  your area would surely have a lot of local groups running with different interest zones. You just need to explore and find out. They can help you to get popularity, locally to begin with.

     The degree of exposure  you would get from each of these options would be varied and one cannot be certain about it  but the harder you try, better are the chances and this isn’t something that you do only  for yourself, rather it is equally beneficial for  the society because they get to know of the new developments  in research.

    Different motives for researchers to strive for publications

    Publishing is crucial for research and more often than not, a high priority for most of the researchers. All researchers know that they need to be publishing from time to time to be able to grow in the academia.  There can be different motives behind perpetually striving to publish something or the other. If you need to find out motives for publication so that you can stay motivated for the doing so, then here are some. Find the one that works the best for you:

    1. Become a participant in the conversation: it is only through conversations and talking to others that new ideas come out. When you decide to publish some new development in the area of your study, however trivial or significant it may seem to you, it does open new avenues to ideas, applications and perspectives which may have never been considered before. When you add on to the scientific literature, you provide a wealth of knowledge that can help other researchers to pick up the threads and start a fresh research.
    2. Publish what you don’t accomplish, as well: This may sound bizarre to you, but don’t get confused, it is perfectly ok to publish failed attempts in research as well. Sometimes through failed or accidental research new inventions find way out. When you have the courage to publish failures in research, you are able invite perspectives to the problem in new light. You know as a researcher, that sometimes just a new dimension to the research from a fresh set of eyes is all that is needed to revive a project that may look dead to you.
    3. Weight up your CV: The notion for sharing of ideas is a good approach and a valid and convincing enough motive to strive to get publications, as many as you can. But in addition to that a desire to build up an impressive CV with worthy and impressive publications is a good enough motive too. What is your stage in your career ladder will determine how much emphasis you give to publications helping in making your CV impressive.
    4. Be the first one to talk about it: off course you want to be known in research for being the first one to talk about a new thing. The first mover always gets the advantage and there isn’t any denying that. So don’t wait to write an exquisite research  with many new ideas, rather make it a journey where you are talking about your ideas one by one and creating a pool of  publication contributions.