How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 45: Writing your thesis quickly and well

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.

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