Tim Sullivan | Motivation

Writing a thesis is sometimes useful from a professional point of view, when, for example, you are engaged in a high-tech business and want to impress customers with the depth, breadth and height of knowledge. But the theme of the procedure for writing a dissertation wanted to be supplemented with a little glance from the other side. Below I will try to briefly describe the main points that should be paid attention when preparing and defending a thesis (primarily the PhD).

  1. First and foremost.
    You must accurately give yourself an answer to the question – why do you personally need a dissertation. This is hard and often unpleasant work that will take several months very intensively. I do not have a lot of statistics, but I would say that out of 10 beginners it is good, if 2 bring things to an end.
  2. Thesis – scientific and qualification work.
    What does it mean – a graduate student should show sufficient qualifications to be considered a scientist? If you read about the initiation rites of the ancient tribes, writing and protecting very, very much remind them. You go through artificially constructed circles of hell to prove that you are worthy.
  3. The choice of the supervisor is important, but not critical.
    He is a critical figure in the first and last stage – when it is determined where to dig, and when it is required to suggest how best to design and protect the finished work. But if you are lucky and the manager is genuinely interested in your work – appreciate it. Do not let his enthusiasm already burn out, regularly show progress.
  4. Measure the contribution and result.
    If you put too little soul into the work, it will be very boring to do. If you invest a lot – you can be disappointed to realize that you do not need much work except you.
  5. One must clearly understand exactly how the thesis is analyzed.
    The thesis in the worst case is read by exactly one person – yourself. In the typical – three more, opponents and supervisor. The Council itself – speeches on the defense to evaluate the work more than enough. But the author’s abstract can already be read by several dozen people. And the introduction into the abstract is already mastered by a hundred.
  6. Boredom kills motivation.

Do not take the topic, where there are practically no works, or very much. In the first case, shovel all the cones of the innovator, in the second – get tired of proving novelty. I highly recommend, if possible, to combine the topic of scientific research with what one way or another must deal with at the main job. Yes, it is very difficult to work and write a thesis at the same time. Yes, at the final stage you will not be able to work at all for 2-3 months because of the additional workload and activities.