Is it too late for me to produce a good dissertation?

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Hi Guys,

Currently writing my masters dissertation in Human Rights Law, it's 10,000 words. Deadline is 7th September.

I started it around the start of June 2021 but my motivation has been very low. I've tried to work on it every day but often I only manage like an hour of actual work.

On the face of it, I'm in a good position. I've had 3 supervisor meetings, I know exactly what my structure/plan is, and I've written a 10,000 word draft.

Sounds great, right? But I've done very little actual research, I've of course done some preliminary research and I have some primary sources, but very few academic articles etc. I've taken a 'write first, research later approach'. I've written the 10,000 words to essentially tell myself what I'm going to say, and then I am going to do deeper research to re-write sections.

At this point I have 5 and a half weeks till hand-in. I also work 20 hours a week.

I just laid out my plan for the next 5 weeks in front of me and it's looking like a tall order. I'm worried I'm not going to be able to produce something good in that time.

Everyone in my course seems so on it, working hard all day, every day. I feel like I'm the only person who is low on motivation and unable to do work.

Am I screwed?
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Report 1 month ago
No, you are on the right track. You at least have a draft to begin with. I suggest you start reviewing and writing the final paper ASAP.

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