Writing a PhD thesis in a matter of weeks
Writing a thesis is a huge undertaking. If you are in the middle of writing it, or are planning ahead for a future semester, this article has some great tips you can use. First, make sure you are as informed as you can be. This means getting all the information, instructions, suggestions, and learning everything you can. Do this by talking to fellow students, professors, past graduates, and people you know. Even if they are in a different field or major than you, anyone who has done a thesis before will be able to help you. All you need to do is ask; these people know exactly how hard it is to do what you’re doing.
How to Organize Your Research and Time
This is a big question that most students have. They aren’t sure how to plan for the time that they have, or keep track of the work they do. Here are some things that will help:
- Start by making a list of everything you need to do. Have each item one thing at a time, so you can “check it off” when it’s finished. For things that are a little vaguer and aren’t really to-do’s, just make a note for yourself about them.
- Now you need to have a system. Whenever you do some research, have a place for it. Make many new folders on your computer for each topic. There will be subtopics within your main thesis topic, and it will be much easier to find things this way.
- Each time you find a quote you want to use or a source that’s great for a certain chapter, bookmark it, and email the URL to yourself, or copy-paste it into a master document. Just make sure that you use the same method every time, so nothing gets lost.
- For your schedule: print off month by month calendars for the month(s) that you will be working on your thesis. Then, start by writing in all the times you can’t do thesis related work, such as classes, your part time job, family obligations, religious activities, or other commitments.
- Next, look at the time you have left. Divide your list of tasks by how long it will take you to do each one. Also consider that some tasks have to be done in a certain order; some cannot be done until others are done first. Then, drop each task into a day on your calendar that matches the time available.