Writing a dissertation for dummies: a step-by-step manual

Writing a dissertation is one of the hardest things you will do in school. It is time-consuming and a lot of hard work. Here are some of the step by step pints you will need to do.

  1. Organize your work
  2. Pre-write your sections
  3. Clean your sections
  4. Proof read your sections
  5. Editing

These are the main steps to work on when writing your dissertation.


The only way you will be able to do any of this is through Organization. After you do your research go back through your notes and reference list and organize everything into the chapter and order they will be used. This way it will be easier to pull up and use when you start writing. By making it easier on yourself, you will make this task easier.


Pre-writing your sections is one of the easiest things to do. But it also makes your work of the pages much easier. You already have an idea of what you are going to write, just do it. Do not worry about all the formalities; just get your ideas down. This is basically a rough draft, for your eyes only, and only to help you fill in the missing parts. At this stage do not even worry about your notes, that comes later.

Clean your Sections

Now as you finish each section, come back and make them right. Here is where you turn your rough draft into a working piece. Your notes, grammar, and everything else now comes into play. You have your ideas down, turn them now into what actually needs said. And do it the way it is supposed to be, grammar, quotations, references, ect. ect.

Proof Read

When you are done, take a day away, and then come back and proof read your section. This gives you time to clear your mind, and when you came back you will with a clear head and see things you missed when you wrote it. To do it right after you wrote it, people tend to miss more than they would if they took a break.


When you have finished your dissertation, now come back and edit the book. Again take a day or two before doing this. You will have a lot to read, so make sure you are rested and ready for it. Then get someone else you can trust to go over it for you, to see if they can find anything you missed. Even hiring a professional editor can very much help you.

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