After recently graduating from Nottingham Trent University, I thought it may be useful to share my dissertation experience with you.
Overall, I didn’t think it was too bad, which is quite surprising considering the horror stories you hear of people having breakdowns in the library. That’s not to say I didn’t have my stressful moments, though. After all, I am human! Thankfully, I managed to keep myself organised for once. So, I decided to put together a few tips and tricks that I picked up along the way:
- Choose a topic you’re interested in (obvious, I know), but you’ll be spending months researching and writing this dissertation. If you’re interested in the topic, it will be a more enjoyable experience.
- Make use of the resources at University – don’t be afraid to ask for help!
- Don’t listen to other people – focus on your own work at your own pace. Everyone works differently.
- Set targets each week. Work out how much time you have and divide your time accordingly. I focused on each section as if they were different essays.
- Start early to avoid stress. Whether it be reading a few articles or writing brief notes. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.
- Take each day as it comes, some days will be better than others! Don’t beat yourself up about it.
- Allow yourself to have breaks, otherwise your work won’t the best that it could be. Go out for those drinks, girl!
- Take advantage of your friends and family – get them to read through your work as much as possible. You’ll always need a fresh pair of eyes to look over it.
- Always back up your work, you never know what’s going to happen.
- Enjoy it as much as you can and immerse yourself in the subject.
- Pat yourself on the back, it is such a huge achievement after all and you should be proud of yourself.
Hopefully this has helped some of you, even if it is just a tiny bit!
Feel free to comment your tips and tricks in the comments,