What You Have To Know Before Starting a Doctoral Dissertation

At last is finally time to begin your doctoral dissertation, you’ve completed hundreds of assignments, joined a committee and passed all of your examinations now all you have to do is finish one last paper and you will be a fully fledged doctor. Chances are that by now you have completed a few lengthy writing assignments you may even have gotten something published. However, the dissertation is different because it will be presented in front of your peers. This can add another level of difficulty to the writing process.

One common misconception about a doctoral dissertation is that it is final definitive work of your academic career. The reality is that a PH.D dissertation, although a very important part of your school career, is not the LAST paper you will ever write. In fact it may very well be the first of many important written contributions that you make to your field of study. Before you start writing it is important that you take this into account. Try to think of your dissertation as the demonstration of your abilities and an opportunity to impress your peers and the faculty of your College or University.

How To Deal With The Pressure of Writing Your Dissertation

It comes as no surprise that many people become overwhelmed with the prospect of presenting their dissertation. In fact an overwhelming amount of graduate students NEVER complete their dissertation. The two main reasons for this are procrastination and stress. The good news is that it is easy to overcome these two things if you know how to focus and work on your writing discipline. By practicing good time management skills and improving on your organization you can be more successful. The most important thing that you need to know before you begin the writing process is that dissertation writing is not easy but it is well worth the effort. Before you jinx your self by getting overwhelmed you need to gather your energy and focus on the task at hand. Remember that even though it is a large project, it is only the first of many. If you finish it and are well evaluated then chances are you will have a fantastic career in your field of study. 

Getting to the point where you are ready to write you doctoral dissertation is a great accomplishment. Before you let your self become overwhelmed by the writing process you need to celebrate your success and begin then focus on the writing process by setting goals.