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Be Realistic

Your topic could be the best in the field, but do you have enough resources to finish the project? The question you must be asking yourself is: can I afford that much time and money? If not, then no matter how brilliant your idea is, you need to think of something else.

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If you’re unsure how to write a thesis, the best advice I can give is not to leave the writing stage until last. Documenting the whole process as you go will help you finalize the project. So even if it seems raw, keep on writing and get regular feedback from your supervisor.

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Tips on Researching

“If students imagine completing a research project in three months, I ask them to come and see me. And they later un-imagine it,” came my professor’s reply.

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You should have a timeline set out in the first week, stating targets that you must achieve throughout the duration of your research project. Ask your supervisor about what kind of targets you should set and try to achieve these on a weekly basis.

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She is patient with me, she knows my shortcomings and she always motivates me even if I am unable to see myself progressing. Having such a supervisor makes this journey very comfortable and easy.

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How to plan a research project

Planning research projects requires creativity and sharp analytical skills.

Any research planning uses the same four steps:

  1. Orienting yourself to knowledge-creation
  2. Formulating your research question.
  3. Reviewing previous research on your question.
  4. Selecting the information needed to answer your question.

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...Writing and thinking have always been a sort of ‘chicken and egg’ issue: which comes first – do I read and think and then start writing, or will the thinking only really come when the writing happens? Or do I just write it all down, and then read, think and edit?

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Organize Your Research

Use your bedroom floor to make piles of all the papers, dividing them into different segments or chapters. 

Some of them will overlap into multiple segments and that can also be taken care of. After the segmentation, kindly assign a number to each paper.

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