Writing Tips

When writing a dissertation
remember to set regular
deadlines for yourself
– and then meet them!

When proofreading your own
work always use a printed copy
and wait as long as possible
between finishing writing and
starting proofreading so
you have fresh eyes.

Avoid using contractions
and a chatty tone of voice
when writing. You can use
a dictionary and thesaurus
to help you select more
formal vocabulary.

When writing in a foreign
language be prepared to write
several drafts. If the first draft
is not all in English don’t worry
– just focus on getting your
ideas on paper.

Take advantage of any
support offered by experienced

students – they can give you
advice about supervisors,

bookshops, rules and
regulations, etc.

Introductions are crucial –
if your introduction seems to
omit a vital area of argument,
there is an expectation that
the essay will be lacking.

Unfortunately many of the essays that
I read have rather a tendency to be taken over by elaborate descriptions of terms,
or background information that

wanders so far from the question that
the reader can no longer remember it.
When you give background information
keep it relevant, keep it brief – if in

doubt leave it out!

The interpretation of data, discussion and conclusion sections of your dissertation cannot be effectively prepared ahead of the data collection process, but it is useful to note down your expectations of the results and your ideas for the direction of the discussion chapter as this information will provide you with valuable ideas for your introduction.

Think about your ideal working scenario when you plan your writing schedule
– i.e. time of day, preceding and following
activities, consider a reward
system ​to incentivise you,