How To Get a "First Class Honours" In Your Dissertation

Olivia By Olivia, 7th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I have just completed my third year at an English University and am very proud to have recently received a solid "First Class" grade for my dissertation! So I thought I would share with budding wirters some of my tips and tips that may help you in your own writing!

Getting a First is NOT Impossible!

I want to briefly outline how approaching my own dissertation seemed like an extremely daunting task. If you love writing (like us Wikinutters do) and if you choose an interesting, unique and relevant subject that is the first step to success. Undergraduate dissertations and narrow, but also in depth - most importantly though, they must have a clear line of argument!

So, How Do I Achieve A First?

It's not will require a lot of blood, sweat and tears! And, more importantly, commitment and dedication. As I am completing a Business Management and Economics Degree, I decided to write my own dissertation about the link (or lack of link) between Foreign Direct Investment and Corruption globally. This was an ambitious project to say the least and, in my eyes, was a bit of a risk! But, if you don't try, you'll never know! So, pick your subject well in advance and make it different. It needs to be both relevant and interesting to the reader, so don't forget that as well!

Draft, Draft and Re-Draft

The more you re-read and re-assess each part of your dissertation, the more you can tweak it and the better you will do! Start writing and planning from day one and keep going over your work! DO NOT leave all of your writing until the last minute! If I could offer any vital tip this would be it. It is so easy to forget things if you haven't written them down, so if you feel like a point is relevant, get it down there and then! Overall, the more drafting and proof reading the better (I think I did about eight solid drafts of each section of the dissertation by the end!).

Utilise Your Tutor

If you are given a supervisor or a tutor for your dissertation or research project, there is a good reason for it! As well as building a rapport with them, their advice is invaluable! Seriously, the more you listen to and apply your tutor's advice, the better you will do - after all, they will be the initial marker of the project! Utilising your tutor throughout the dissertation process is key in achieving a "First".

Loose Ends...

...Tie them up! If you leave gaps in your project (for example, no individual commentary etc) this provokes that you are uncertain about your project! Check and check again that what you are saying is valid, justified (by supportive literature) and that you pass your own comment on it (within reason!). To produce a solid dissertation, observe the marking criteria - what are you being asked? What approach should you take - qualitative, quantitative, or both? Go above and beyond - interview who you can, use visuals to support, even produce your own unique logo on your work - all of these things will gain, not lose you marks!

I hope this short overview sets a path for success...I could write a whole book on "How To and How Not To Write a Dissertation" but keeping things clear and concise on Wikinut should help all of you to achieve great things. Work hard and good luck!


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author avatar Shaunak
7th Jun 2012 (#)

Great Tips.I too completed my dissertation this may and i am so glad that its OVER

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author avatar Denise O
7th Sep 2012 (#)

Just wonderful tips for sure. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
30th May 2016 (#)

A timeless piece here...keep writng keep sharing!

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