5 Easy Steps to Write an Excellent Dissertation Proposal

5 Easy Steps to Write an Excellent Dissertation Proposal

The fall semester is in full swing and many students who are planning to take up research courses in next semester are likely worried about preparing and submitting their dissertation proposals early so that they can start working on their research.

Academic research is quite tedious job and lot depends upon how a candidate prepare her dissertation proposal. The overall rigor of research is defined how effectively the proposal is prepared and presented.

There are two things which you need to understand before writing your dissertation proposal. A dissertation proposal is not an essay and it is also not a mini dissertation. Making this distinction will enable you to write a better and professionally relevant proposal.

So, to make your life easier, here are some simple tips on making dissertation proposal with ease.


1. Speak to your supervisor first

Supervisors are often hard to reach for a student but before you start writing your dissertation proposal and identify your research prospect, you need to speak to your supervisor first.

Few things which should be discussed including the topic you want to choose and the overall research methodology to be adapted. This is important because it will help your supervisor to provide you guidance in timely and appropriate manner.

2. Define your research objectives

Your meeting with your supervisor will give you sufficient understanding of what research objectives you need to choose. Finding your research prospect and converting it into a well-defined research objective will do most of the job for you.

Correctly and wisely choosing the research objective or aims is critical to the success of your research project.


3. Find research samples online

Instead of following the book advice, you can always find some research proposals online and download them.

One of the key benefits of first reviewing an already approved research proposal is the fact that it offers you a great insight on how to structure the document.

Though there are set patterns and structures for writing a dissertation proposal, if you can read an already approved proposal, you can understand the kind of flexibility you can have while writing your own.

4. Identify the research methodology

Following a sound research methodology will enable you to perform your research in easy manner. If you opt for a methodology that is hard to digest or understand, it is better to avoid it.


The reason being is that if you are not clear on how to use various research methods, your research will not yield the desired results.

5. Know your software

The findings of your research results are often assimilated with the help of any statistical software. If your research is complex and requires special coding of results or use of other sophisticated statistical models, it is better if you understand or know the software capable of doing this.

Some of the key software used for result interpretation include SPSS, Minitab, Matlab, SAS and E-Views. Though the individual preferences can change but make sure you know stuff.

If you are not aware of how to use the software, your overall research quality will be compromised and you will not be able to write better research proposal.


6. Follow the ethics

Every university has its own code of conduct for research and dissertation writing. Always know what is your code of conduct and follow it before you start writing your dissertation proposal.

Above is a list of simple of steps that are easy to follow. It’s important to know these before you actually start working on your dissertation proposal. Always be open to new suggestions and make sure you follow the ethical guidelines for conducting research in your university.

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If you’ve ever wondered how to be productive at home or how you could possibly have a more productive day, look no further.

Below you’ll find six easy tips that will help you make the most out of your time:

1. Create a Good Morning Routine

One of the best ways to start your day is to get up early and eat a healthy breakfast.

CEOs and other successful people have similar morning routines, which include exercising and quickly scanning their inboxes to find the most urgent tasks.[1]

You can also try writing first thing in the morning to warm up your brain[2] (750 words will help with that). But no matter what you choose to do, remember to create good morning habits so that you can have a more productive day.

If you aren’t sure how to make morning routine work for you, this guide will help you:

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2. Prioritize

Sometimes we can’t have a productive day because we just don’t know where to start. When that’s the case, the most simple solution is to list everything you need to get accomplished, then prioritize these tasks based on importance and urgency.

Week Plan is a simple web app that will help you prioritize your week using the Covey time management grid. Here’s an example of it:[3]

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    Lifehack’s CEO, Leon, also has great advice on how to prioritize. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

    How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

    3. Focus on One Thing at a Time

    One of the biggest killers of productivity is distractions. Whether it be noise or thoughts or games, distractions are a barrier to any productive day. That’s why it’s important to know where and when you work best.


    Need a little background noise to keep you on track? Try working in a coffee shop.

    Can’t stand to hear even the ticking of a clock while writing? Go to a library and put in your headphones.

    Don’t be afraid to utilize technology to make the best of your time. Sites like [email protected] and Simply Noise can help keep you focused and productive all day long.

    And here’s some great apps to help you focus: 10 Online Apps for Better Focus

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    Focusing, however, can drain a lot of energy and too much of it at once can quickly turn your productive day unproductive.

    To reduce mental fatigue while staying on task, try using the Pomodoro Technique. It requires working on a task for 25 minutes, then taking a short break before another 25 minute session.

    After four “pomodoro sessions,” be sure to take a longer break to rest and reflect.


    I like to work in 25 and 5 minute increments, but you should find out what works best for you.

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    A learning strategies consultant once told me that there is no such thing as free time, only unstructured time.

    How do you know when exactly you have free time?

    By using the RescueTime app, you can see when you have free time, when you are productive, and when you actually waste time.

    With this data, you can better plan out your day and keep yourself on track.

    Moreover, you can increase the quality of low-intensity time. For example, reading the news while exercising or listening to meeting notes while cooking. Many of the mundane tasks we routinely accomplish can be paired with other tasks that lead to an overall more productive day.

    A bonus tip, even your real free time can be used productively, find out how:


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    No matter how you execute a productive day, make sure to take time and celebrate what you’ve accomplished. It’s important to reward yourself so that you can continue doing great work. Plus, a reward system is an incredible motivator.

    Additionally, you should reflect on your day in order to find out what worked and what didn’t. Reflection not only increases future productivity, but also gives your brain time to decompress and de-stress.

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