In a perfect scenario, you should have enough time to work on your dissertation in order to write it piece by piece. This way, you can be busy with classes and a job, and still create a high quality paper.

However, life isn’t always easy, and people are sometimes forced to write this major piece of academic writing under severe time constraints. This will be difficult, but not impossible.

How to Write a Dissertation in a Month: A Tried and Tested Technique

If you only have a month available, you will be able to write a high quality dissertation if you use the following guide:

Develop a good thesis statement.

The thesis is the core of the whole paper, and it will guide you through the process of writing as a beacon. If you have a good thesis statement, you will be much more efficient when working on the dissertation. In order to be considered “good,” your thesis statement must express the purpose of the paper in a concise and logical manner. It must include both the arguments and conclusions that will be derived from your research.

Write an outline for the dissertation (days 1-2).

An outline is the plan of your paper. It is a skeleton that you will turn into a real “body” by adding evidence and background information. Every point of the outline is an argument you want to make. In essence, it should consist of topic sentences for every paragraph.

You need to create a detailed outline in order to make the process of writing easier for yourself. This means that it must have a sub-section for every issue you will mention in the paper.

Elaborate on the sections of the outline (days 3-7).

Take every section and sub-section, and write down all the main arguments and ideas that you need to include in the paragraphs. Research the material as you go in order to get more relevant information that will guide you to the right conclusions.

Write the first draft (days 8-10).

Write complete sentences based on the ideas and prompts you’ve already accumulated. Do not worry about how well they go together. At this stage, your main goal is to write something about every single one of your ideas. If you come up with a few more interesting thoughts while working, add them as well.

Group the sentences into proper paragraphs (days 11-15)

Take the disorganized sentences from the first draft, and group them into separate paragraphs while adjusting them to fit together smoothly. Remember that every paragraph must have its own topic sentence.

A dissertation must have a well-defined structure. This means that you shouldn’t include more than one issue into a single paragraph. The basic structure you should follow is topic sentence, argument, and evidence.

day 15-30

Revise the paper (days 15-20).

At this stage, you will need to work with the dissertation’s content. Make sure that all your arguments are presented in a logical order (from stronger to weaker). Double-check all the data used in the paper to make sure that it’s correct and up-to-date. Revise the dissertation until it flows smoothly.

Send the paper to a third party for editing (day 21).

You can ask one of your trusted friends or advisor to go over your dissertation in order to point out its strengths and weaknesses. In case these options are unavailable, you should employ the services of a professional writer.

Compile your reference page (day 22).

You need to make sure that every source used and cited in the dissertation is included in the references.

Revise, edit, and proofread the paper again (days 23-30).

You will need to go over the whole paper several more times to check for all kinds of mistakes. Do not forget to format it properly.

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