Tips on how to make dissertation writing easier

Dissertation writing can be extremely tough. The highly specialized level of knowledge required can be taxing on an individual, and this along with the high level of effort required to conduct your research and write everything down, can be highly stressing. Thankfully there are ways in which you can make it easier on yourself to write a great paper that will impress your supervisor. These tips have been compiled to alleviate the stress and anxiety many students experience while writing their thesis.


Choosing the right topic is pivotal in making your work easier for you. When you supervisor mentioned that PhDs consist of writing something original, you probably thought that it meant you had to completely revitalize your subject field with your paper. However this is simply not the case. Think of how thousands of PhDs are granted every year. If all subject fields were revolutionized with each and every thesis then humans will have colonized Mars by now!

The reality is that all new knowledge is built upon already existing knowledge. So you need to choose a topic that is an extension of current ongoing research, which you can take a little further. Choosing a topic with this view will make your life much easier. Instead of splitting hairs trying to find something field changing you will enjoy the process of writing your dissertation.


Making use of adequate research tools is also important in making your life easier when writing your paper. You can use many avenues to cite good research in your work.

Using the Internet is one of the best ways to research well. Most, if not all, ground breaking research conducted at universities can be found online, usually on the website of the university which granted funds for the research. These papers are usually, but not always, available to view. If you cannot view them then do not hesitate to send an email to the relevant faculty at the university – sometimes you have to pay to access research papers.

You should also access your university’s publications to see what research you r professors have also done in their field. The advantage of this is that you can also easily ask them for further information or clarity.

You university will have a library and they will have stocked many books relevant to your field of study. You should go online and search for the best books pertaining to your subject field and borrow these books from the library. Many books written by specialists in your fields will have very important information that you can use in your paper that you cannot find online.

Writing and Planning

When writing your work, it is best to write your paper split into subheadings. This will make it easier to follow and understand your work. The following is a standard way in which students split their work:

  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Findings
  • Conclusion

So now before you start writing your work, make a plan for what you will be aiming to write for each section. This will help give structure to your writing, and planning will ensure that you have all your ideas written on paper, so in case you forget them or go off track you can refer back to your ideas.