Dissertation or report writing can be daunting, but we're about to demystify that process. To take you all the way from planning to delivering a successful report or dissertation, we put together a collection of hands-on resources from our Study Skills books.
The first step is always the topic or an idea; you might be given a statement from your lecturer or you may be asked to tackle something of your own creation. It's always important to understand what the statement is inferring as it's this understanding that'll inform your research.
Trying to put yourself in the shoes of your grader can help you pick up some important marks. Download and use the self-assessment sheet to grade your own work before you hand it in.
Planning is key
Laying out a solid plan is key to good time management, alongside maintaining motivation and discipline. It will also help you avoid any last-minute stress over an approaching deadline.
Want to learn more about effective dissertation planning? Watch: Planning your Social Science Dissertation
Step 2 - research, research, research
Research will be continuous throughout your coursework. However, you'll need to do most of it before writing. But how do you start? Get guidance on finding inspiration, selecting a theme, and developing it into your research question with this free chapter.
Step 4 - format and finalise
So you've done your incubating, research, and most of your writing. The next step is making your work look presentable. Good presentation and good English will help you get a good grade, so read the extract below to find out how to polish your work.
Lab report writing is very different from writing essays or literature reviews. This super quick video below offers some practical tips to help you produce a great lab report before, when, and after you have written - courtesy of Diana Hopkins.
The tips on this page were taken from Get a Better Grade, Essential Study Skills, Doing Your Social Science Dissertation, Plan Your Dissertation, Your Undergraduate Dissertation and Write Your Lab Report.