Thesis writing is no doubt a multi-month ordeal that makes you pull your hair out. But, when you have to submit your thesis work in two months all you have to do is follow a plan, set your deadlines and work steadily, more importantly smart work is required from your end.
After having selected your topic of interest, there are multifarious tasks such as literature review, preparing the questionnaire, data analysis and interpretation reports that you need to cover up efficiently.
This article is devoted to ways that you can get way ahead of the curve from the very beginning to the submission of your thesis
1.Get Started With Literature Review:
The starting point for a PhD thesis writer is to read truckloads of papers relevant to your topic of thesis so that you can develop an understanding of your experimental techniques and learn more about your area of interest. Literature Review develops the understanding of what has been done so far in your field and what questions remain to be answered, where your research will contribute.
The following points should be in your consideration:
How do you find relevant papers without wasting much time?
As you don’t have much time, so definitely don’t want it to get wasted over browsing unnecessary data, what you can do is go through Google Scholar and Pubmed for advance search or boolean search. Pubmed offers the great facility to set up citation alerts that notify you via email every time these articles are cited.
Fig : Pubmed Advance Search
The software you can use to save your time on literature review is ‘EndNote’. ‘EndNote’ is here to serve you with its incredible capability of managing bibliographies and references. There are several ways to add a reference to a library: manually, exporting, importing, copying from another EndNote library, connecting from EndNote. It enables the user to select multiple citations and saves the user from having to enter manually the citation information and the abstracts.
2. Preparing The Questionnaire:
After gathering all the information required and understanding the gap between previously carried out research and your findings, the next task is to prepare a questionnaire, which will cover all the possible aspects of your thesis.
There are two types of questionnaire:
- Qualitative Questionnaire
- Quantitative Questionnaire
Difference between Qualitative & Quantitavie Questionnaire:
Data are collected through participant observation & interviews
Data are analysed by themes from descriptions by informants
Data are reported in the language of informant
Data are collected through measuring things
Data are analysed through numerical comparisons & statistical test
Data are reported through statistical analyses
Download the sample ‘Qualitative Questionnaire‘
Download the sample ‘Quantitative Questionnaire‘
3. Research Methodology:
The next chapter of your thesis that will cover the method to carry out the experiments is ‘Research Methodology.’
Research philosophy is the way of explaining your research methods and how that influences your work. It should be incorporated in your dissertation as it solves the issue on which methods to apply in your research. It highly depends upon the individual’s perception of understanding things as it is a belief about a way in which research should be conducted.
Quantitative methods comprising of sampling techniques, questionnaires/ surveys, stuructured interviews, observation etc.
This approach is based on observing and forming hypothesis n an already existing theory.
Qualitative methods comprising of unstructured interviews, focus group, participant observation, case studies, etc.
This approach is initiated through observation and patterns to form a new theory.
Quantitative & Qualitative
Now the question is, which research approach to select?
It would depend upon how much time you have. The decutive approach is quicker to complete whereas inductive approach requires ample amount of time.
It depends on how much risk you can take. Deductive approach has less risk of failure. Inductive research is more risky as it is not necessary for a theory to evolve.
4. Data Analysis:
It’s difficult when you have to find out a result after calculating so many figures. As in this calculative instant of time it’s empirical to participate a number of data and find out the best result possible in any of your research, here what mainly you need are some authentic statistical tools that can simplify your data’s into an upshot without investing much of your time.
There are many tests that are need to apply on the data, and selecting the appropriate test for your data is a tough and time-consuming job, so, here is a flowchart to help you out in this situation:
There are many tools for the data analysis that you can use and save your time.
SPSS: SPSS Statistics is a package used for data analysis or statistical analysis. SPSS is used by market researchers, health researchers, survey companies, government, education researchers and marketing organizations & data miners.
SPSS shows two views as per the requirement i.e. Data View & Variable View.
Nvivo is a software package for qualitative data analysis. It is used for working with rich text or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volume of data are required.
Many candidates find concluding chapter difficult to write for several reasons. As there is no one right way to construct a concluding paragraph, there are some guidelines that can help you to end your thesis on a strong note.
- Restate your thesis implicitly
- Emphasize the importance of your subject by placing it in an elaborated context
- Give Suggestion for the future based on what you have argued.
- End on a powerful and relevant quote that serves to sum up your work.
6. Editing & Proofreading:
Once you are done with writing your thesis, the next important task is to edit and proofread your copy of the thesis. As you don’t have much time left, so, don’t go for editing on your own. Hire a professional help who can assist you with the complete process of editing & proofreading and make your thesis a perfect piece of work. Another important aspect of editing is checking for plagiarism. You can check for plagiarism online using en.writecheck.com and for grammar check you can use grammarly.com.