Nowadays, for many of us, one of the highly topical and urgent things is writing our Master’s theses. We wrote proposals, read a number of books, journals, articles, and defended what we wrote last semester. Then we had a wonderful opportunity to celebrate New Year and had great holidays. Now we are starting our long and fruitful way of research.
The plan of doing research and writing the findings seems to be clear and approachable, but how can we make it better and easier? How can we ensure that we are on the right way?
I think, may be there are some factors that can influence the writing process. Perhaps, the choice of thesis supervisors, possessed research skills, learning environment or the choice of topic, support and encouragement of “your” people or even your inner qualities (motivation, discipline, etc.) can facilitate or impede the process.
While writing this blog, the idea came to my mind: I would like to know, what are your best tips and traits for writing a good research paper? For example, some of us are good at time management, some of us effectively deal with reading materials (using mind maps, flowcharts, etc.), others are good at writing academically using vocabulary which is appropriate for research paper, while another part of you are waiting for conducting interviews or making a survey as soon as possible.
As about me, I prefer to plan my steps of writing a thesis. I do not remember exactly where I found out such tip or rule “to plan in advance in order to ensure that the task will be done on time”, but I used to use it from my school days. Perhaps, you will find it not useful and time-consuming, but I do not have any special software program or calendar, I just have my block note and write my plans for every day. Of course, it is a pleasure if I manage to do every point of the plan and write ticks in front of the accomplished tasks. However, it is not always so. This is my tip which I can share with you, which I can ensure you that this little tip really works and helps when there is real time pressure.
What about you? What helps you not to be stressed by research and thesis? What can you suggest as effective tips for writing a thesis? What is your advice to us? May be, if you want, write 3 tips which helped to you which then will help others