Develop and Improve

develop-and-improveAn important lesson you will learn while writing the dissertation is the power of the argument. In any feedback session and implicitly in the final presentation, you will have to argue why the topic you chose is any better than another is, why is it a good way to research it, why the method of analysis you chose is more important than others, and why your bibliography interpretations and conclusions are reasonable.

During the process, you will always refer to the work of others. This will build an eye for criticism and analysis. You probably will be involved in discussions about the ideas discovered in the research and be expected to engage directly and openly into discussions, even if you disagree. Along the way, you will build up a strong thinking process. On the way, you will agree, accede, defend, or confirm a certain point of view, propose new ideas or reformulate a statement. You might even dismiss a point of view read in the bibliography, reject the arguments of others on various grounds, combine two ideas that were not joined together before, develop a new point of view, or apply an existing theory to a new context and generate a unique outcome.

Once you have a draft format of your dissertation, take a few hours or a day off, and read it once more. With the small break, you will be able to see the little details, mistakes, or parts to be improved. Ask your tutor to read it and give you feedback. Try to be as critical as you can, even if it is your own work. Make sure that each paragraph has justified content, which adds to the conclusion.

Depending on the status of your project and with the feedback, you might be asked to increase or decrease the number of words or to clarify and strengthen the ideas.