Imagine all the positive emotions you will feel when you finally submit your dissertation. After months of hard work you’ve finally accomplished something that so few have. It’s a great image to remind yourself of all the joy you will feel when that day finally arrives. But today… several weeks before you actually submit your work, you need to focus on editing your dissertation. All of your research, writing and revising is done, now it’s time to get into the nitty gritty and make sure your expressed your ideas in the best way possible – clearly and concisely. Here are five tricks you need to know that will help you successfully edit your dissertation:
Start your edits by reviewing your work as a whole. A good way of doing this is keeping your most recent outline nearby and ensuring you have captured all of the major components. For instance, do you have a clear argument? Have you included enough content for each of your discussion points? Did you miss out on any references, pieces of evidence, or examples? All of these should be able to make the larger picture edits you need to ensure your document has succeeded.
Now, take a closer look at each separate section of your dissertation without getting distracted by the larger picture. Does your introduction state all that it needs to let the reader know what you will stating and the reasons you have brought your particular study to the forefront? Does your methodology accurately explain in clear and simple language the steps you are taking to conduct the study? Does your discussion effectively present your understanding of the study results? Doing each section separately ensures that you get the right message across.
When looking at your dissertation at the paragraph level you want to ensure the major components of a paragraph are present. The first sentence of every paragraph should introduce the idea you wish to communicate and show how this idea relates to the rest of the work. Also check for clean transitions that move one idea to the next.
Whenever you are working on a large document it becomes pretty easy to make a number of little mistakes. Editing at the sentence levels ensures that you are writing concisely and clearly, using the most direct and simple sentence constructions and words to express your ideas.
Finally, you should hire someone else to do a final edit. You may have some friends or family members around who are willing to help, but this is an occasion where you want to ask the most qualified person to do an outside or final edit. A colleague, a professional editor, or a professional writing service are all excellent choices.
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