Month: January 2021

Tips on Crafting Your PhD Thesis

The task of putting together your doctoral thesis can be a daunting task for students if they did not have what it takes to achieve success through the path of least resistance. It is possible to score the best grades if you know the right buttons to press in the process of putting together your thesis.

We shall take a look at the best approach to adopt when writing your thesis which will make the process easy without watering down the quality of your final paper.

Structure and length of time taken

You are expected to follow the guideline given by your supervisor. If you are not given any; it is advised that you take to the standard of the school. Look at an older thesis that has been done previously in the school and make a bold attempt to put something similar to that together. The length of the thesis will be determined by the instructions of your supervisor or what obtains in your department as the case may be.

How did you get help?

There are several ways to get help, but the best will come only through practical help. If you are lucky to have a supervisor that is willing to help, he or she will be your best buddy. You will be taken along by hand from one chapter to the other. 

Another way of getting practical help will come through the alumni of your department. They have seen it before and their practical experiences will come in handy and useful to you. Help can also come through your committee members. When you send the draft of each chapter and method to your committee of friends; you are going to achieve the best in terms of results.

How did you measure up with time?

Time is always a factor that must be handled carefully if you are to finish the thesis according to schedule. There is a sense in the scale of presence according to the economist and if you adopt this style, it will be of useful help to you. Devote your weekends to your thesis by cutting off all the schedules that you have at the weekend. This will create more time, particularly in the final six months to conclude the thesis on time.

Stop the majority of your fieldwork when it is about a year to the deadline of submission of your thesis report. Taking a few days off the lab and devoting it to only writing will be of help at the end of the day. We are not advocating a system that will drive you hard; there should be breaks in-between to relieve the tension. On weekends that you have devoted to pure writing, make sure you create room for slight fun in-between.

The emotional aspect of thesis writing

Practice makes perfect. It will not be easy at the start of the journey. But as you get used to writing, the emotional stability that mattered will set in. Start with the easy tasks and progress to the more difficult ones. You must maintain a good work balance if your dreams of excelling in writing the thesis are to be achieved. There will be challenges along the line; you have to keep in mind that every little step takes you closer to the results that will make you proud.

Time is a factor

It is strongly advised that you start early. This will be to your advantage. There is no spare time to play around with. When you start early and finish ahead of schedule; it will give room for thorough revisions. This will create time to fix all the errors that might come up and end up giving you a paper that will be error-free. You are going to be proud of the results of your effort if you finish well ahead of schedule.

Final thought

The tips above are practical ways to achieve lasting success in your thesis paper. The process becomes emotionally easy if you follow the right path.

Writing an A-Level History Coursework

The best A-level history coursework will not attract the marks if the structure is not followed to the letter. Understanding the structure is the starting point towards achieving the results that you are going to be proud of at the end of the day.

The structure consists of three body parts of the introduction; the body of the coursework and it ends with the conclusion that will be a summary of the introduction and body of the coursework. Now, how do you arrive at a solid structure that will help you earn the desired high grades? The following tips will be of help to arrive at a safe harbor.

There is a limit to which you will be permitted to go and you must stick to this limit if you want the best for yourself. Writing under the word count will attract sanctions. When you write too much well above the world limit; you are likely going to commit more errors and sanctions will be placed on your work for exceeding the word count far more than the requirement.

Your work must be structured like other academic essays. It must include an introduction; body and conclusion. The rules of engagement in every chapter must be followed to the letter. 

Your work must be evidence-based. This will make it clear to your readers that you are working on facts and your instructor will also take note of that. Your work must also include citations of quotes.

A perfect understanding of the question is required before you commence work. It must be stated also that you are expected to work within the timeframe of the question given. Any attempt to do otherwise will not attract the marks that you are expected to have. 

It is also important to note here that there should be a flow connecting your first word in the introduction to the last word in your conclusion. All three paragraphs should be in harmony with each other if the expected results are to be achieved at the end of the day. 

There should be a focus and direction in your work. Areas that needed emphasis should dwell extensively on to achieve the results that call for cheer. There should be a clear basis for your points of argument.

You can leave your introduction till after you have concluded the research and draft of your work. You need a hook sentence in your introduction that will attract the readers and give them the reason to read through your work. With a hook sentence that forms the fulcrum of your work, you are going to achieve the results which will make you proud at the end of the day. When you begin with a clear understanding, it will be easy to achieve expected results with ease.

Final thoughts

If your desire to arrive at the highest grades in your A-level history coursework is to be achieved; then you have to go through the tips above. You are sure of getting the soft landing at the end of the day.

Dissertation Layout And Formatting

You must go strictly by the layout and formatting that is dictated to you by your supervisor. Any attempt to go outside the rules will make your paper void. This is the reason why it is highly important to ensure that you play by the rules set by your department if your aim of getting the marks is to be achieved.

We shall be taking a look at a very popular layout and formatting style that is in vogue for the MLA citation guide. What you are about reading will serve as a guide to give the best that you are entitled to in grades which will make you smile at the end of the day.

  • Font, font size, and line spacing: You are expected to choose a clear and professional font size that will add value to your electronic writing. The best font size should be between 10-11. A line spacing of 1.15-1.50 in some cases adds more bite to your paper.
  • Tables and figures: They must all be numbered and given subtitles for easy referencing.
  • Styles: You need to be clever in the use of styles. This will help in differentiating chapters; sections and subsections of your dissertation. The style must be uniform throughout all the chapters included in your dissertation. 
  • Referencing: One of the areas where students muddle up their work is in the area of failure to adhere properly to referencing. Plagiarism is a serious offense. When you use the material and fail to give credit; you are guilty of plagiarism. Make sure you use a plagiarism scanner to make assurance doubly sure.
  • Paragraph marks: If you want to ensure uniform formatting in your work; then you have the tool: ‘show paragraph marks’ to help fix the issues. Mysterious jumps can happen; this tool will detect them easily.
  • Headers and footers: This is required to confer a professional look at your work. It will help the readers to easily identify with the work that is before them. There are no rules on what to include in the header. You can do this by double-clicking at the top or bottom of the page in your document.
  • Page numbering: There is space for page numbering in your dissertation. It should be noted that the numbering does not cover the title page. The title page is covered by roman numerals. 
  • Title page: You are going to have a nice finishing to your dissertation with a clear and excellently presented title page. The title page is an expression of what to expect in your paper.
  • Structure: Everything that will appear in your paper must follow an ordered pattern. Every item must appear in the appropriate chapter. There should be an order arrangement in the presentation of items in your paper.
  • Printing: Now that you are through with work on the soft copy of your document, you must get the hard copy ready. You have to make a final check-in to ensure that there are no mistakes involved in your write-up. Decide whether you are going to use single-space or double-space printing.

Final thoughts

The general blueprint for the formatting and layout of the dissertation has been given above. However, there are standard procedures from each department and you are expected to follow such to the letter.

How To Write A Thesis Proposal

Before the delivery of a great thesis comes the thesis proposal. The foundation for success in a thesis lies in the handling of the thesis proposal. What is involved in wiring a terrific proposal? You are about reading all the details involved in executing the task. It requires a clear vision of the final destination. You need quality research and preparation to put together a supper thesis proposal.

Title page

This is the page that contains basic information about the author of the thesis. It is the place for the title of the thesis.

Abstract

This is where you are expected to give a summary of the thesis. It contains the hook sentence of the project. The word length should not be fewer than 200 words

Table of content

You are expected to provide smooth navigation throughput for the thesis. The foundation for this will be laid through a list of headings and subheadings. Numbers are provided for each of them. It will enable easy access to any of the contents in the thesis.

Introduction

The introduction should be impressive. The first impression lasts long; you are expected to introduce your topic here in a way that will encourage your readers to read through the entire length of your work. If you can gain the attention of the readers here; your thesis will go all the way to make the desired impact.

Key questions

The main questions that you are trying to answer in your thesis should be included here. Here, focus and direction for the whole study should be provided through the questions.

Literature review

Here, you are expected to give brief but precise information on the sources that you intended to use in the thesis. Their significance as well as the current knowledge base that you have at your disposal is explained under the literature review.

Methodology

The descriptions of the way you have chosen to address answers to the key questions are disclosed under this heading. There are several of putting things right under this heading. It could be any of theoretical approaches, analytical frameworks, philosophies…… The choice is left to individual students.

Conclusion

The expected results and relevance of the thesis are explained here. The methods used to validate the thesis are also explained here. The thesis proposal summary is well stated here. You are expected to finish powerfully here. Just like with the hook sentence; there should be a call to action in the conclusion.

Bibliography

A reference list of all the works of authors used in the thesis is included here. It should follow a particular style that is allowed by the department. It is important to list all sources to avoid issues that bother on plagiarism.

Final thoughts

We have made a bold attempt to deliver everything that is needed to have a smooth sail in the delivery of your thesis. A clear and well-ordered thesis proposal will serve as the foundation that is required to get high grades at the end of your thesis.