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Monday Motivation: Tips for a thesis writer

Posted by: Niki DeWeese | October 19, 2009 | 3 Comments |

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Hypergraphia: an overwhelming urge to write.

One would assume hypergraphia might come in handy if you’re writing a thesis for your graduate or doctoral degree. But let’s face it, everyone suffers from writer’s block and struggles when writing their thesis. Since College of Charleston graduate students have eight weeks left to submit their thesis, this Monday’s Motivation is focused on tips that hopefully renew some writing energy. And if you’re planning on submitting your thesis this semester or next, you may want to consider attending our thesis submission seminar on November 11.

Get a regular writing routine
In this post, Peg Boyle Single debunks two writing myths. This is her first installment in a four-part series that focuses on finding your voice and creating a regular writing routine.

Find a good idea
If you’re going to spend nearly two years thinking about, researching and writing your thesis, you might want to find a topic that genuinely interests you. If you’re lost on ideas, this post will help ignite your creativity.

thesis3Make sure you’re focused. Have enough in the bank.
Having enough cash in reserve while you finish your thesis is helpful in a multitude of ways. First, you’re not concerned about finding additional ways to make sure you can pay all the bills. Second, you may need to travel to conduct more research to complete your thesis. This post lists even more reasons why you should have extra cash on hand.

If you have the option of choosing a thesis over an internship, choose wisely.
Nova doesn’t have any tips to offer in this post, but it does give you insight to one woman’s life and her thoughts on completing a thesis.

Know your timeline
Our thesis manual provides a recommended timeline for thesis development on page four.

Related posts:
Monday Motivation: Finding balance as a grad student
Monday Motivation: Paying for grad school
The rantings of a thesis writer

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Here’s my favorite grad school cartoon:

http://tinyurl.com/groeningcartoon

this kind of blog always useful for blog readers, it helps people during research. your post is one of the same for blog readers.

My daughter is in the middle of this process. The subject to base her thesis on was fairly easy for her but actually getting the work done is proving to be a real challenge.

She works part time at the University, and she studies there as well so the overlap is causing problems. There always seems to be more time for work than time for the thesis.

Any tips?

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