Common Errors While Writing Your Dissertation
Even if your dissertation proposal has been accepted by the committee, this is just the beginning of what will be a challenging time. As you write your dissertation, your project will be monitored by a supervising committee which guide you on your dissertation, make suggestion, and also ask you to make correction.
In order for the committee to not give you a hard, here is a list of common mistakes to avoid in the course of writing you dissertation.
First, avoid a topic which is too big in its scope. A topic which is too big and ambitious, as well as hard to research on is likely to invite scepticism. This is because departments have only limited resources and budgets for research. All your research must take place using available resources. Hence be realistic about your topic.
A second mistake which scholars make is that they fail to be clear about the research topic. Try a simple test, when someone asks you about what your PhD research is on, you should be able to describe it in about two minutes. If you fail to this and need to continue with your description, there is likelihood that you are not clear with your thesis topic. Your supervisors will be intuitive enough to catch you out on this.
The inability to frame your research in the form of a question is also a common mistake. The question should merit research and study. Further, your thesis must explore some sort of a research puzzle. Without a research puzzle, your dissertation will lack depth and engagement. The question you are exploring must take into account some sort of a puzzle- something which you do not have the answer to and hence are conducting research.
At the time of writing your research, you will divide the material chapter-wise. A common error is not properly dividing the chapters according to the available material. Further, you also need to estimate how much background is required in order to make your research comprehensible to your readers. By skimping on background and context, your research can lose the desired richness.
Another significant error is not allotting enough chapters to your own findings. This is the core of your research and it needs to be appropriately developed. This is the value that you bring to your research subject. If your own findings are slender or minimal, in that case, you are considered to have presented a weak argument. Hence make sure to concentrate on your own findings.
In the course of research, make sure to backup whatever you write. Also note down every useful idea you come across during your reading. The note taking should accompany the process of reading; else you are likely to forget.
Many scholars fail to deliver on what they promise in the introduction. Often, the conclusion and introduction of a dissertation fails to be linked or are very mildly linked. While researching, your research aim should be very clear. This is to be mentioned in you introduction and also linked up in your conclusion.