A dissertation is a long essay written on a given point by a post graduate student on completion of a study. It is a very crucial task to write a dissertation as it gives an impression of the student to his tutor. It needs to be handled cautiously and professionally.
To begin with, the writer needs to look at samples. He should obtain a couple of well presented dissertations and go through them. This will give him a general insight of what is expected of him. It acts to psychologically prepare him for the task ahead.
After this, the writer should get himself organized. He should have in mind the aspects he need to write and the reasons for writing them. These could be a problem statement, limitation section or hypothesis. The writer should make a list of the points he intends to write. These should not be very extensive, a word or two is enough. The writer should then organize the research material and the notes he intends to use.
The third step is writing the draft. The writer should prepare a comprehensive draft of the final dissertation. This does not have to be perfect. It is only a matter of putting the organized material down on paper. The draft acts as a blueprint for the actual dissertation. One should therefore take his time to ensure that all aspects are covered in the draft.
The next step is editing the draft. This is the most crucial part of the writing. It entails checking for any unintended omissions, ensuring there are no unnecessary repetitions, Checking whether or not the spellings are got right, correcting grammatical errors, introducing facts and aspects that have been recently thought of, deleting aspects that the writer has recently come to notice are not befitting.
In editing of the draft, it might occur to the writer that a second draft is necessary. This might in-turn lead to a subsequent third, fourth and many more copies of the draft work. This demands a lot of patience and determination. A writer might get disillusioned on noticing that the draft he has prepared need huge manipulations.
One simple but very important aspect that is very often forgotten in any form of writing is saving your work. It is discouraging enough to lose only a single paragraph of work one already worked on; think of a situation where the writer loses an entire copy of the draft. It is very likely that the writer would either give up on the entire exercise or at the very least, take time off from the activity. Unsaved work during typing is automatically lost in case of a power surge hit on the computer. A technical failure or an erroneous deletion might also lead to loss of data. Therefore as much as possible, the writer needs to always remember to save his work every very often during typing. There is also an ingenious solution of setting the auto save option on during typing. The writer should also make several copies and store them in different locations.
It is advisable that a student prepares his dissertation by himself. He has the in-depth understanding of the study and is best suited for the writing job. Dissertation writing needs this personal touch and flair that only the student has towards his dissertation. It paints the unspoken words of the student to his tutor and leads to proper evaluation and correction by the tutor.