Higher education and you – how to make writing your thesis easier

February 17, 2020

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You’re moving on through higher education and the end is almost in sight. The one thing now standing between you and your PhD is your thesis. And it’s probably the most dreaded aspect of your master’s program. This challenging academic task requires you to prove that you should be considered an expert in your chosen field. You need to demonstrate that you can think critically and expand upon your chosen subject well. Making it demanding to say the least! 

A thesis is usually around 100 pages long, which means there’s a lot of work to be done. Read on for how you can make writing your thesis easier.

Be wary of plagiarism

The last thing any budding academic wants is to be tripped up just before the finish line. Especially by something as devastating and as easily avoided as plagiarism. Quoting works is natural and expected in your thesis, so you need to think carefully about quoting accurately and avoid unintentionally plagiarising someone else’s work. Discover this website for a PhD thesis proofreading service. 

Plan, plan and plan again!

The supervisor in your degree program will be able to help you at any point during this stage of your education. So don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help to plan the structure of your thesis. Don’t expect to write everything perfectly first time, rough drafts are your friends here and using the support network around you, you can finer tune things as you go.

Don’t try to multitask

Don’t fall into the trap of working on other projects whilst you’re writing your thesis. Whether you’re writing a book, answering work emails or helping the kids with their homework. When it comes to writing a thesis you can only concentrate and focus on one thing at a time. You’ll only feel drained and frustrated at the lack of flow and consistency in your writing. Manage your time as best as you can and focus as much of your energy on your thesis as possible.

Get enough sleep

As a parent who is reaching for academic greatness, getting enough sleep is probably laughable advice. However, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. The trick to more sleep is just to be a little more organised. Make sure the kid’s packed lunches are ready the night before, meal prep for yourself, arrange childcare in advance where possible. Get up earlier and go to bed earlier too. Say no to that extra episode and go to bed instead.

Don’t be afraid to take breaks

Of course, it sounds counterproductive, and if you want to make the most of your time whilst your little one’s sleep, then taking a break sounds like self-sabotage. However, structuring breaks into your writing sessions is essential to help keep you motivated and producing high-quality work. You don’t have to head out for a couple of hours, just five minutes away from your desk to stretch, refuel and re-energise yourself can be enough to reset your mind. Don’t be afraid to take a break, your eyes and mind will thank you. 

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