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So my dissertation (technically) starts on Monday and i'm dropping enough bricks to build a three story house.
What do you guys who have done undergrad dissertations suggest, wish you'd known, or swear on avoiding?
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So my dissertation (technically) starts on Monday and i'm dropping enough bricks to build a three story house.
What do you guys who have done undergrad dissertations suggest, wish you'd known, or swear on avoiding?
I'd say start doing your research early.. At least get a background understanding in your 'free time' or break, get some research papers ready to go through so you can use them later.
In what subject are you writing your dissertation?
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So my dissertation (technically) starts on Monday and i'm dropping enough bricks to build a three story house.
What do you guys who have done undergrad dissertations suggest, wish you'd known, or swear on avoiding?
Set a schedule for when certain tasks (e.g. writing of the lit review, gathering of data etc.) should be completed by, and try your best to stick to it. Also, make sure you use your supervisor effectively - so many people avoid or ignore the supervisor, when they can be your biggest asset. Ask for regular meetings, discuss each others' expectations of the dissertation work, and don't be afraid to ask for feedback.
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So my dissertation (technically) starts on Monday and i'm dropping enough bricks to build a three story house.
What do you guys who have done undergrad dissertations suggest, wish you'd known, or swear on avoiding?
Write things regularly. It makes everything so much better if you are just adding things to your dissertation as you go along and don't end up having to write it all in a short period of time.
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I'd say start doing your research early.. At least get a background understanding in your 'free time' or break, get some research papers ready to go through so you can use them later.
In what subject are you writing your dissertation?
I'm doing my diss on religion and the arts, specifically contemporary artists use of the Pietà pose from Mikeys statues.
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Write things regularly. It makes everything so much better if you are just adding things to your dissertation as you go along and don't end up having to write it all in a short period of time.
I was thinking of basically doing my chapters in chunks. Do you think this comes down to personal preference, or do you think its really important to write a little bit every day?
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I was thinking of basically doing my chapters in chunks. Do you think this comes down to personal preference, or do you think its really important to write a little bit every day?
Anyone that has written a serious amount will say a bit a day is better.

Set realistic goals, keep them relatively small. Stick to them, watch it build.
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Anyone that has written a serious amount will say a bit a day is better.

Set realistic goals, keep them relatively small. Stick to them, watch it build.
Luckily my dissertation really isn't long at all (its 8k words, and I can write a 2k assignment in one sitting already to get an easy 70%) but i'll do my best to at least try writing a little each day - to avoid burnout if nothing else.
Thank you for the advice!
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Luckily my dissertation really isn't long at all (its 8k words, and I can write a 2k assignment in one sitting already to get an easy 70%) but i'll do my best to at least try writing a little each day - to avoid burnout if nothing else.
Thank you for the advice!
Yeah, I can bang out 2000 words in a couple of hours too. I don't think it matters much at undergrad unless you are one of these people that struggles to get words down. You seem like you have a handle, you'll be fine
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Yeah, I can bang out 2000 words in a couple of hours too. I don't think it matters much at undergrad unless you are one of these people that struggles to get words down. You seem like you have a handle, you'll be fine
Thank you!
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