PhD Thesis and Dissertation: The Writing Basics
A PhD thesis or dissertation is not an easy task. The amount of research and time that a person has to apply to the document is substantial. But with the research needed and creating a paper within the parameters that are set for the thesis or dissertation. It can become a very daunting task to keep everything under control with the paper.
The student or writer can’t forget the basics of writing. They are the fundamental aspects of the paper. Without these basics the paper will fail and falter. No matter how good the research is, the conclusions of the students studies, if the paper isn’t founded on the basis, it just won’t read well.
For some students it might have been years since their English class, but it would do the student well, to refresh themselves with the basis of writing a well-rounded and strong paper.
- Grammar and Structure: The student has to have a sound sentence formats, variety, punctuation and grammar. This is fundamental when it comes to a strong paper, no matter the type of paper.
- Organize: Creating an outline, might be a tedious task, but it’s an important one. A paper should have a flow and order from one point to another. The student should take the time to order their thoughts, by creating the outline. The outline will allow the student to break up the paper into section that logically fits together. All the primary research in one area and then the conclusion at the end.
- Language and Voice: The voice of the piece has to be strong and logical. It can’t sound like a tween wrote the paper, it needs to sound like an expert wrote the thesis/dissertation. The language can’t be something that is overly adolescent. Another part of language and voice is using the proper terminology of the subject matter. Without using too many jargon words that the audience won’t understand.
- Format: The format must be cohesive to the style that the student is writing in. Whether the required format is APA or MLA the student and writer has to follow and adhere to all the rules of the format.
Reminding themselves of how to write the cornerstones of a paper, by revisiting the basic rules and needs of a thesis/dissertation will help the student. They will be able to write this final piece to complete an excellent paper.
Adhering to the basic rules of writing is paramount to the writer’s success of completing the thesis or dissertation.