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Tara Gray

Some doctoral students finish their thesis on time, while others take many years. Even when students are unable to work harder, there are important ways to work smarter. This chapter offers steps to help students write their thesis (or dissertation) quickly and well, breaking down the enormous task of writing a thesis into little tasks. Published previously, the steps have already helped numerous doctoral students to complete their thesis. There are ten in total, comprising four writing steps and six rewriting steps. Beginning with writing daily for at least 15–30 minutes, they continue through all the stages of the writing and rewriting process, including outlining your chapter based on an exemplar, seeking informal feedback before formal review and reading your prose out loud. By approaching thesis writing in this way, students may find the task less daunting, and committing to the steps can free up time for other duties.