Choose the Main Chapters

check-main-dissertation-chaptersSetting up a good structure will make an easy reading for your examiners. If the content and the structure are logical, coherent, and easy to follow, they will enjoy reading it. It will also make it easy for them to listen to your argumentation. If your structure is bad and not easy to follow, they will become distracted, and will try to make all the links in your dissertation themselves. This will put their minds away from listening to you.

It is best to try to build a map of the structure your dissertation will have. Just make it on a piece of paper, with a pen and paper, with your handwriting. Start from there, adjust and readjust, as you move into writing the chapters, better understanding the subject as you read the bibliography. You can imagine that an invisible thread links your dissertation. It links all the elements of the study, which gives coherency and consistency to the overall idea. Even if you somehow see the structure of your paper in your head, but it does not make much sense to put it on paper, you will see the structure with different eyes once it is written down. You will start to observe the faults, the missing parts, the ones that need revision, etc.

This strategy will help you accomplish the main elements of the dissertation more easily. Once you have nailed down the main chapters, you can start building for each header a few subheaders. This will give more accurateness into the chapter structure and will help you insert the content more easily in its place.

It is also important to take feedback from the tutors or from any advised person. It always helps to discuss the ideas that you want to highlight with your dissertation. Sometimes, even saying out loud the same words that you have written down might bring a new perspective.