DEGREE THESIS: 3 TIPS FOR WRITING IT TO THE BEST
In our previous articles, we have addressed some of the main problems that any university faces during the thesis writing.
There are, however, innumerable strategies and techniques that will allow you to write a perfect thesis in more than reasonable times.
After having dwelt on the essential information to start working on your degree thesis and having identified all the advantages that you could have using the internet properly, here are 3 tips you can use during the writing of your degree thesis.
1) Degree thesis and multimedia tools
Let’s start with a fundamental assumption: the most complete work that deals with the drafting of a thesis in a more in-depth manner has already been written by Umberto Eco. How to do a thesis is certainly the work you should read if you are on the high seas with your thesis and you want to start off on the right foot to write it.
In this book are gathered precious tips that will help you in the different phases of your work, from the idea to the actual writing.
There is a weak point in this excellent work, even if it does not depend on its great author:
- How to do a degree thesis suffers from the fact that it was written in 1977.
- An age in which technology is constantly evolving and in which only a few years are enough to bring advances that constantly revolutionize the world of technology, more than forty years are a true eternity.
- For this reason my first practical advice focuses on how to use technology to your advantage.
- First of all, if you are not using the proxy of your university I suggest you start doing it right away.
- Using the proxy will allow you to access numerous articles and books online for free.
- Each university has a different procedure and methods for accessing the proxy, but in principle you will need the institutional email and the related password.
- If, like me, you are a fan of Google Chrome, to access the proxy you will just have to go to your browser settings, click on Accessibility from the drop-down menu that you’ll find at the top left.
- In the window that will open in front of you you will need to click on Open proxy settings and then on LAN settings.
- At this point, you will need to tick the “Use a proxy server for LAN connections” box and enter the address and port needed to use it.
You can find this information on your university website.
If, on the other hand, you use other browsers, here you will find guides to access from any search engine.
Two other tools that I recommend and that I use in person are Tab Resize and Workflowy.
Tab Resize is a simple Chrome add-on that will allow you to read and write from two or more browser windows at the same time.
Particularly useful if you want to compare different sites and choose the most useful one for your thesis, or if you are writing an email to your supervisor and want to keep an eye on a particularly useful source!
Workflowy, instead, is a tool that will allow you to organize your notes in a convenient list of topics, chapters or sources in a simple and intuitive way. You can then say goodbye to loose sheets that are lost in the blink of an eye and pens that do not write: you will have everything related to your thesis on the screen of your PC!
2) The timing of a good degree thesis
To write an excellent thesis it is essential to divide the time in advance.
Having a well-defined timetable, but one that knows how to grant you the space to maneuver, is indispensable for not finding yourself with water in your throat!
During my career as a student I learned to identify my writing times and identify time windows in which to complete the different steps of the thesis.
Moreover, thanks to the students to whom I have provided a consultancy for the writing of the thesis, I have identified the average time for the writing of a good chapter, or about three weeks.
It may seem a little, but if you have followed the advice in the other articles and in our ebook, before writing the actual text, you will have acquired all the material needed to write, drastically reducing drafting times.
This way you can write a good chapter in about three weeks. These concentrated times are also useful for giving organic text: not letting too much time pass between the writing sessions will help you never lose the thread of the conversation and not to inadvertently change the linguistic register.
If you are thinking that it is impossible to maintain certain levels of productivity, here is a technique, borrowed from applied psychology, that will help you increase your work rate!
3) The thesis: besides the speaker
To write a good thesis it is necessary to have a continuous and fruitful contact with the speaker, on this it does not rain there.
However, very often it is difficult to find speakers able to collaborate or follow you adequately and even less to support a student struggling with his / her thesis.
Often the response times to a simple email, or the correction of the chapter become infinite: for this reason I give you a disinterested advice: collaborate with someone.
Having your chapters read to someone from time to time (preferably, for obvious reasons, a colleague), will allow you to send the presenter a chapter that has already been reviewed, without smudging and “publishable”.
In this way, you will avoid receiving the timeless classic “the chapter must be reviewed”:
answer that leaves the time you find, especially if it is sent after weeks of waiting.
Collaborating with someone means that you can also strike up a fair exchange: you will be able to “control” your colleague’s thesis and vice versa, in a way, at least, to avoid blunders or small omissions in the text.