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Some Tips To Get Started With Your Doctoral Thesis

The doctoral thesis, also known as a PhD thesis, is a written document submitted by a student to support their candidacy for an academic degree or professional qualification. A doctoral thesis contains the student writer's findings and research that support their thesis statement, presented in a form of a written document to a dissertation committee.

Writing a doctoral thesis is considered a difficult task for student writers. In most cases, the entire document can reach more than 200 pages of written text and research; some student writers have deadlines to complete their work, as well.

Getting started with the doctoral thesis

Many students have expectation of completing their necessary research, writing, revising and then submitting their completed doctoral thesis within the span of six months. Most don't stay on that schedule, according to many doctoral graduates who have gone through the process themselves.

Despite that, student writers can find a way to organize researching, writing and revising their complete thesis without compromising their time.

Here are some tips about the doctoral thesis writing process, as provided by various doctoral student resources:


Setting goals for a doctoral thesis

Before writing their doctoral thesis, students should have goals they wish to accomplish throughout the writing process.

Setting a submission deadline

Some students are able to complete their doctoral thesis by having a deadline in place. The submission deadlines for doctoral theses are often based on when their academic year ends. Other deadlines are based on the length of time that a student pays for their courses.

Writing the doctoral thesis

While having a deadline is enough for some students, it's recommended to set several short term goals throughout the course of writing the doctoral thesis to the deadline. Shorter term goals can help student writers complete chunks of writing at a time, helping them complete their dissertation day by day.

Reading relevant research papers and/or other resources

This is another important tip recommended by PhD graduates. Reading more information about their doctoral thesis' topic (and any related topics) can help students gain a better understanding about their topic as a whole. It can also help students curb writer's block if they can't think about anything to write.

Revising the doctoral thesis

After writing, revising a doctoral thesis is the most important aspect about completing the work. It's recommended to check the entirety of the document for errors like spelling and grammar errors, phrasing issues, tense issues and organization issues.