This was a process I was hoping to keep going throughout my final year, with semi-regular updates every month. However writing my dissertation turned out to be the hardest and most stressful part of my degree. Because of the lack of updates I think it is only far to give you a run-down on what I did each month.
After writing the last Dissertation post, I had a rough plan in my head on what I needed to get done and achieve. When broken down it wasn’t a terrible list, but I knew to really enjoy and understand the whole process I needed to crack on. However at this time I was also preparing to take part in the Eventice and in all honesty I knew which one was more important in the long run and in progressing my career. *Obviously it was not my diss*
Summary: Focus was lacking & not a lot was achieved.
The start of the month went straight into the Eventice, and afterwards I spent time trying to get back into writing my dissertation and carrying on with the literacy reading. That rational I mentioned I had written in January – it was all wrong. Instead of focusing my time on that, I left it to be figured out and changed at a later date, as it was one of the chapters I most struggled with!
I did, however, decide not to conduct interview but instead collect my primary research via surveys. I attended both lectures on qualitative and quantitate research methods and I quickly established in the time I had left it was better suited if I went down the quant road.
Summary: The month started off with good intentions & work was done, but it was slow and there wasn’t a lot to show at the end of it all.
This is when I started getting more serious *at long last* except I was working on my methodology before even finishing my lit review. In second year we wrote a small version of a dissertation, that was marked for each section, I failed the first chapter & it put me in a downward spiral all through that assignment. Overall I got an okay grade, my other three marks for each additional section improved dramatically; but when I started this diss all I could remember was the fact I was terrible at the mini version last time. I lost my ability to have confidence in the work I was writing & in my own abilities. I spent a lot more time looking at the methodology & deciding how best to ask the questions and via which online platform.
Summary: Panic levels set in, yet still the focus was lacking & the process carried on being slow and painful.
I am going to be writing a dissertation advice piece to help future diss writers, so that no-one ends up in the same mess I found myself.
If you have ANYTHING you want to tell people who are going to be writing their dissertation, advice you learnt from your experience, then please let me know in the comments.