6 Tips for summer dissertation planningBy Ella Downing
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For many students including myself summer is a time of freedom. But if you are heading into that dreaded third year then it can feel like you really should be doing some work, in particular, planning your dissertation. So here are a few tips to help you prepare for your diss over summer.
1. Talk to your supervisor. If you have no idea where to start when it comes to your diss and have forgotten everything your lecturers told you the best thing to do is to contact your supervisor or a lecturer. They will be able to help with what you should be researching, how you should plan and where you should get material from. Send them an e-mail, letter, pigeon or owl...
2. Make a timetable. Yes, I know it feels all swotty and Hermione-esque but making a timetable is a really good idea for the summer. When you have a vast space of time ahead of you it's so easy to keep putting things off. With a timetable, you can organise your studying, working and free time.
3. Talk to your course mates. After your tutor, the next best person to talk to about your dissertation is a course mate. You can give each other ideas and opinions as well as info on general stuff such as planning and layout. Plus you get to catch up with them over the break!
4. Go to the library. Go to the library, in summer?! I know, I know but come on, no one is too busy to take a quick trip to their local library and do a quick bit of research. Stop watching cat videos and F.R.I.E.N.D.S repeats and do something productive!
5. Get into a routine. Again, summer is one long period of time with no real structure so it's so important to try and keep your sleeping pattern relatively normal if you want to get any studying done at all.
6. Don’t worry! Finally don't worry about it too much! Although it's important to get a head start on your dissertation so you don't freak out next March there's still lots of time for you to get to grips with your ideas and even change them completely, no need to do a Taylor... So enjoy your summer, just try and get to the library at least once!
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