Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, July 24, 2017 12:37:06 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Stuck on your master's thesis?

photo by

By
16th-Jul-2017       Readers ( 88 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

Joanna Hughes :
Even the most devoted scholars ultimately hit a roadblock at one time or another-sometimes at the least convenient times. If you're having trouble getting started on your master's thesis, you're likely feeling no small about of frustration. But you're also not alone. Lucky for you, we've rounded up some tried-and-true tips and tricks for getting off and running in the right direction.
1. Commit to Choosing the Right Topic
Choosing a topic for your master's thesis is anything but an arbitrary process. After all, you're going to be stuck with it for a long time. However, if you're like most master's students, you're probably in graduate school because you have an interest in a particular area or subject. Your brainstorming process starts here.
Write down a list of all possible ideas, welcoming creativity throughout the process. An open mind and expansive approach are integral: While some of your ideas may not be feasible, others may lead in unexpectedly fecund directions.
It's also useful to keep your career goals in mind when narrowing down your list of potential topics. While the job hunt may feel like it's a long way off right now, it will be here before you know it and a relevant thesis can give you the leading edge when it does.
And while the idea generation process may be a solitary one, the selection process doesn't have to be. Everyone from classmates to your thesis advisor can be ideal sounding boards for exploring potential ideas.
One last thing to keep in mind? Forget about finding the "perfect" topic. Why? Because it doesn't exist. Not yet, anyway.
2. Write a Solid Proposal
Your master's proposal outlines the plan for its completion. The more comprehensive your proposal is, the clearer your path will be throughout the research and writing process. Investing inadequate time into your proposal, meanwhile, will not only interfere with your progression, but may also lead to complications when the time arises for committee review.
If you're still not sure about your topic, performing a topic analysis can help. A simplified version of a proposal, a topic analysis can help you "test" a topic in order to determine whether it's worthy before you venture too far down the path. This step includes identifying the hypothesis or question; evaluating the topic's importance; assessing the significance of prior work on the topic; determining your planned methodology or approach; and predicting possible outcomes along with their significance.
Don't limit yourself to a single topic analysis.  Exploring several different directions can help you hone in on the best topic, which can then be built out into a strong proposal.
3. Don't Underestimate the Role of Your Advisor
The best master's students advisors are involved with the research process from its inception to completion. While the role may be supervisory in nature, it can also be quite active. Choosing an advisor who is interested in your topic and has expertise in the field is critical. After all, advisors who have a stake in your work are much more likely to offer the most useful guidance and help.
In addition to interviewing potential advisors, take time to talk to their advisees, who can offer invaluable insight into determining everything from how available a particular advisor is to what sort of feedback will be offered. Other questions to ask may pertain to management style, facilitation skills, working atmosphere, expectations, and the average time advises take to finish under a particular advisor.
It's also essential to remember that advisors have commitments of their own. Making sure your mutual expectations are in alignment in advance can save you heartache and headache down the line.
4. Start Writing and Keep Track
While every person's writing process is different, all master's theses share at least one thing in common: the writing has to start somewhere. Beginning with your initial brainstorming sessions, maintain a research notebook aimed at collecting all of your ideas, sources, observations and impressions, and problems into one central location.
Again, the more thorough you are, the more valuable this notebook will be-not only as a resource, but as a record and reference. While it will serve as a go-to throughout your entire thesis writing process, your thesis notebook will be particularly useful when you're preparing your bibliography.
5. Set Goals and Reward Yourself
Once you choose your topic and start writing, your thesis can become all-encompassing. And while momentum is good, it can also lead to burnout.
Many writers find that establishing a schedule-both for starting and stopping! -- is a useful way to spur productivity while simultaneously building in essential time off. Stopping at regular intervals to rest and recharge is an important part of the thesis writing process, as is goal-setting. As with most things in life, the more realistic and manageable your goals are, the more likely you are to reach them. Yes, you'll be that much further along in the process, but you'll also derive a beneficial mental boost every time you reach another milestone and move on.
While writing a thesis takes no small amount of time and energy and there will invariably be obstacles along the way, these five tips can help you navigate the challenges and enjoy an optimized path toward thesis-writing success.
(Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family).

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

International »

Divided UK, inconclusive election could put brakes on Brexit


AP, London :Lucy Harris thinks Britain's decision to leave the European Union is a dream come true. Nick Hopkinson thinks it's a nightmare.The two Britons - a "leave" supporter and a "remainer" - represent the great divide in a country that stepped into the unknown just over a year ago, ...

Editorial »

Dhaka needs more space to ease traffic congestion


ACCORDING to a report published by a renowned foreign specialist and a researcher on modern Dhaka - it was revealed that one of the main reasons for increased congestion experienced in the roads and communications system in Dhaka is because of its messy expansion on all the four corners. The ...

City »

Students of the city`s Motijheel Ideal School and College showing victory (V) sign on its campus on Sunday for their brilliant results in the HSC examination.


Football »

Neymar dazzles as Barcelona down Juventus


AFP, United States : Neymar gave Barcelona fans a dazzling reminder of what they could be about to lose on Saturday, scoring twice as the Spanish giants defeated Juventus 2-1 in a pre-season friendly.The 25-year-old Brazilian superstar is at the centre of frenzied speculation linking him to a gargantuan, world record ...

Football »

De Gea 'guaranteed' to stay at United: Mourinho


AFP, Santa Clara :Jose Mourinho has given a "guarantee" that David De Gea will stay at Manchester United this season, despite the long-running saga over a potential move to Real Madrid.Transfer speculation over De Gea returning to hometown club Real has stretched on for the last two years, ever since ...

Entertainment »

Nabila Islam busy with Eid works


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Promising actress Nabila Islam went to Malaysia on July 8 to take part in shooting of three Eid plays and an ongoing TV serial. After taking part in shooting there for 14 days at a time she has returned to Bangladesh on Sunday.There she took part in ...

Entertainment »

Lipstick Under My Burkha creating new success economics: Anubhav Sinha


Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha has lauded director Alankrita Shrivastavas new film Lipstick Under My Burkha, stating that the movie will create a new success economics in Bollywood. Lipstick Under My Burkha, which struggled for certification from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) earlier this year over its sexual scenes and ...

Editorial »

Police are for fighting crimes and not for guarding official buildings


ANOTHER rape victim succumbed to her injuries after being rescued from a city hotel on Wednesday following two other rape incidents at another hotel in the capital's posh localities. Concurrently, five people were arrested in two separate cases for killing two girls after rape in Dhaka's Kadamtali. The incident of ...

Football »

Dempsey at home 1 goal from record, US team in Gold Cup semi


AP, Arlington :Clint Dempsey is back in his home state of Texas, one goal away from a national scoring record for the United States team that is one win from playing in another CONCACAF Gold Cup final.The Americans play a semifinal game Saturday night against Costa Rica in a stadium ...

International »

May to stay as PM until at least 2020, close ally predicts


Reuters, London :British transport minister Chris Grayling, one of Prime Minister Theresa May's closest cabinet colleagues, has predicted she will remain in the job until at least 2020 and could even fight another national election.Following reports of cabinet infighting, Grayling said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, published on ...

Sports »

Bolt on right path to world 100m defence


AFP, Monaco :Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt insists he is on the right path as he targets the defence of his 100m crown at next month's world championships in London. In his swansong season, the 30-year-old has struggled to light up the track. In his outings over the blue riband ...

City »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina exchanging pleasantries with Hajj pilgrims at the inauguration of Hajj activities at Ashkona Hajj Camp in the city on Saturday.


Entertainment »

When Mimi was nowhere to be found


Tolly Bffs, Nusrat and Mimi, were recently in California attending an awards ceremony. When we got in touch with Mimi to ask how her trip was, the actress shared with us an anecdote that we can’t get over! It so happened that Mimi and Nusrat were out and about one ...

Editorial »

People affected by flood and river erosion need immediate help


RIVER erosion in many parts of the country is making countless people homeless across the country as floodwater started receding. Media reports said monsoon rains caused havoc to flood affected districts like Sirajganj, Chapainawabganj, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat and river bank erosion now follows to add further miseries to the people ...

Entertainment »

Lopa renders song with Asif Akbar for first time


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :From many days there was a good relationship between popular singer Asif Akbar and singer and news presenter Lopa Hossain. When Lopa took part in music reality show Close up 1 from that time Asif liked her music. But they never got the scope to work together. ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news