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    Ok, yeah, it's my own fault and I should have been thinking about this for months now. I've got my dissertation due on the 13th of April (of course it'd be Friday the 13th) and have only a vague idea of what to do. I've got ADHD and some mental health problems and so far third year has sucked - well, all of uni has sucked to be honest - but I don't want to fall at the last hurdle.

    Has anyone ever been able to finish a systematic review in 8 weeks? If so, any tips? I have the gist of a research question but I've not really done more than a general search of the literature.

    My concentration is abysmal to the point where I can't keep my attention on one thing for more than about 30 seconds at a time, so long periods of solid work are pretty much more difficult than running back-to-back marathons, but I realise the later I leave it the less choice in the matter I have.

    It's not even like I've been too busy socialising or partying or anything like that, I've literally spent third year staring out of my window and daydreaming.

    Anyway, yeah, I'm an idiot. If anyone's reading this in the future please learn from my mistake and don't leave your dissertation so late unless you enjoy copious cheap energy drinks, ritalin and phoning the samaritans.
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    (Original post by totallyscrewed)
    Ok, yeah, it's my own fault and I should have been thinking about this for months now. I've got my dissertation due on the 13th of April (of course it'd be Friday the 13th) and have only a vague idea of what to do. I've got ADHD and some mental health problems and so far third year has sucked - well, all of uni has sucked to be honest - but I don't want to fall at the last hurdle.

    Has anyone ever been able to finish a systematic review in 8 weeks? If so, any tips? I have the gist of a research question but I've not really done more than a general search of the literature.

    My concentration is abysmal to the point where I can't keep my attention on one thing for more than about 30 seconds at a time, so long periods of solid work are pretty much more difficult than running back-to-back marathons, but I realise the later I leave it the less choice in the matter I have.

    It's not even like I've been too busy socialising or partying or anything like that, I've literally spent third year staring out of my window and daydreaming.

    Anyway, yeah, I'm an idiot. If anyone's reading this in the future please learn from my mistake and don't leave your dissertation so late unless you enjoy copious cheap energy drinks, ritalin and phoning the samaritans.
    I know of people who have done it in far less time so if you are organised, manage your time well and stop procrastinating on TSR you will be fine.
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    (Original post by totallyscrewed)
    Ok, yeah, it's my own fault and I should have been thinking about this for months now. I've got my dissertation due on the 13th of April (of course it'd be Friday the 13th) and have only a vague idea of what to do. I've got ADHD and some mental health problems and so far third year has sucked - well, all of uni has sucked to be honest - but I don't want to fall at the last hurdle.

    Has anyone ever been able to finish a systematic review in 8 weeks? If so, any tips? I have the gist of a research question but I've not really done more than a general search of the literature.

    My concentration is abysmal to the point where I can't keep my attention on one thing for more than about 30 seconds at a time, so long periods of solid work are pretty much more difficult than running back-to-back marathons, but I realise the later I leave it the less choice in the matter I have.

    It's not even like I've been too busy socialising or partying or anything like that, I've literally spent third year staring out of my window and daydreaming.

    Anyway, yeah, I'm an idiot. If anyone's reading this in the future please learn from my mistake and don't leave your dissertation so late unless you enjoy copious cheap energy drinks, ritalin and phoning the samaritans.
    This article might help you. Especially the part about breaking it down into chunks.

    Your first step though should be to speak to your supervisor to let them know the problems you've been having - they may be able to offer you some support or help you.

    What subject are you taking?

    Don't start writing anything yet - spend two weeks reading and researching. Take good notes and make sure you write down the reference and page number. Keep a spreadsheet of all your references as this will save you a LOT of time when it comes to adding in footnotes. As you read your research question should clarify and you'll get a better idea of what your argument will be. If you do a lot of reading and take some good quality notes and make yourself a strong dissertation plan then the writing part will mostly take care of itself. and won't be as bad as it seems

    You can do this, but make sure you speak to your supervisor now and let them know what has been going on They'll want to help you as much as they can.
 
 
 
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