Finishing and formatting your dissertation

The guidelines for formatting dissertation vary from institution to institution. Have the requirements of your institutions at hand before submitting your work.  Correctly format your text. Generally, a dissertation has an abstract, table of contents, and acknowledgments at the work’s beginning.

Ensure you have your pages correctly numbered. Ensure each chapter begins on a new page and that your citations are formatted.

Proofread

It is easy to skip over mistakes if we write and proofread our work. An outsider may pinpoint errors you may not see in the script. We proofread to check mistakes on grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Tutor feedback

Make use of your supervisor to help you do away with the minor errors that could be clouding your work. Tend to get feedback from your supervisor on each chapter you write. Ask them of their availability to help you maximize the time they will spend reading your work.

Peer feedback

Sometimes your supervisor may not be available due to unavoidable circumstances. You will get forced to find an alternative to help you make the best of your dissertation. Your peers may fall into this space. Be careful since they are at the same level as you are, and you must carefully think through corrections made before you execute them.

Buying feedback

There are benefits of having your work read by a third party since there may be times when you cannot meet your supervisor, or you are late with your work. First, look for someone who can give you feedback from legit sources. The person should have insider knowledge of the outlook of a dissertation and can hence provide relevant tips for you.  When paying for feedback, focus on the areas you find you are weak. Highlight the spots you see ruggedly and consequently ask the person reviewing to give or suggest how you can make the selected parts better.

How to do appendices

They are the documents that come up at the document’s end. Make sure you have them arranged as they appear in your text. Number them using numbers or letters and make sure a corresponding title backs them up.

When presenting graphs, tables, or figures, make sure that you format them appropriately to avoid spilling them in several pages. Make sure you have a consistent font on your dissertation to make it easy for the reader to flow in reading your work.

Many students make a common mistake of making inclusions of items that do not appear in the text in their appendices. In any case, you find yourself having not referenced a document in your work, do not make it appear in your appendix.

Conclusion

The process of formatting a dissertation is tedious and time-consuming. The need to have a clear and appealing document at the end makes you use all the available energy left to make the process a success.

Despite the amount of energy required in this stage, make sure you do not overlook this step. Get it right to appease your marker for you to earn extra points.

Lastly, you want your dissertation to be easy to read to enable the marker to have an easy time going through your work. Proofread your work, seek feedback, make sure you follow the university requirements when it comes to formatting and presentation. When you follow these, you will surely succeed.

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