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Dissertations and Extended Essays Shaun Theobald The Student Learning Advisory Service The workshop structure Maximising project potential Preparing a synopsis or abstract Time management & managing reading Summary/final discussion Your final subject choice

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dissertations and extended essays

Dissertations and Extended Essays

Shaun Theobald

The Student Learning Advisory Service

the workshop structure
The workshop structure
  • Maximising project potential
  • Preparing a synopsis or abstract
  • Time management&managing reading
  • Summary/final discussion
your final subject choice
Your final subject choice
  • Engagement; intellectual curiosity = academic ‘fun’
  • Choose a subject you enjoy
  • Then (with the right organisation & preparation etc…) the ‘results’ will follow
  • Your opportunity to negotiate your own area of interest
preliminary
Preliminary
  • What questions do you have about extended essays/dissertations?
  • What kind of document are you going to produce?
    • Word limit?
    • No of chapters?
    • Visual material?
    • Secondary sources?
maximising project potential getting started
Maximising project potential: getting started
  • Get going as soon as you can!
  • Capture ideas
    • Ideas ‘notebook’
    • The terminology/discipline-specific ‘notebook’
    • The reading ‘notebook’
  • Keep track of references!
maximising project potential getting started6
Maximising project potential: getting started
  • Seek advice
  • Talk to
    • Peers
    • Previous students
    • The Department/School
    • Your (potential) supervisor
  • Who will mark your work?
maximising project potential organisation
Maximising project potential: organisation
  • Organisation is vital
  • Organisation in one place
  • Study space - the ‘base camp’ for your work
  • Filing away - research material to hand!
  • Continuity needed
  • Maintain reading records
  • Working with others?
    • Agreeing space/time
maximising project potential preparing for reading research
Maximising project potential: preparing for reading/research
  • Preparing the bibliography
  • Understanding Department/Module referencing conventions
  • Active ‘reading lists’
  • Three areas:
    • 1.Material that will be used
    • 2.Recommended material
    • 3.Rejected material
maximising project potential planning and choosing the topic
Maximising project potential: planning and choosing the topic
  • What? Why? How? Where? When?
  • Guidance from Department/Module
  • Your instincts
  • Your interests
  • Width and depth
  • Current academic thinking
  • Consulting journals to access this
maximising project potential planning and choosing the topic10
Maximising project potential: planning and choosing the topic
  • Use librarians
  • Use electronic data
  • Effective literature reviews
  • Budgetary constraints-time + money
  • Access to materials/libraries
  • Methodological/fieldwork constraints
literature reviews
Literature reviews
  • Think about your own ideas before you search
  • Relate the literature review to your ideas
  • Show sensible focus and selection
  • Be guided by others: dept.; supervisor; librarian
literature reviews12
Literature reviews
  • Integrate your literature review into your writing
  • Discuss your material
    • Don’t just ‘tack-on’ a summary of research!
  • Dominant theories/approaches
  • Chronological organisation?
  • Thematic organisation?
preparing a synopsis or abstract
Preparing a synopsis or abstract
  • Hypothesis-How?
  • Aims-Why?
  • Argument-What?
  • A document to guide you
  • A document to discuss with your supervisor
  • A document that can be revised
supervision
Supervision
  • Take charge?
    • (Diplomatically!)
  • Anticipate questions in advance
  • Plan actions to discuss them…
  • Then record agreed actions
  • Always have a specific agenda
  • Plan meetings strategically + regularly
time management
Time management
  • Priorities
  • Schedules
  • Using gap time effectively
  • Working to a deadline
  • Working backwards from a deadline
  • Leaving time for disasters!
  • Leaving time for creative thinking
  • Writing in stages?
  • Or one draft, then review?
time management 4 big tips
Time management: 4 big tips!
  • Write-up empirical research as you go along
  • Work to a time/word limit
  • Allow about 25% of total time for writing up
  • Remember the time needed at the end for binding, paginating, sorting appendices etc!
managing reading
Managing reading
  • Seek guidance
  • Establish priorities
  • Read actively: always carry forward questions & skim + scan + read for detail
  • Practice ‘rapid-access’ reading
  • Work with an active and accurate bibliography
notes from reading
Notes from reading
  • Make notes selective
    • Not summaries!
  • Use a variety of methods
  • Systematic organisation
  • Systematic filing
  • Bibliographical details
    • + page nos.
  • Separation of source material from your paraphrases
    • Avoiding the plagiarism trap
good luck with your writing
Good luck with your writing…
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    • www.kent.ac.uk/uelt/learning