Guide to Master’s Thesis
Imagine a sailor, lost in an ocean, alone and adrift. Scary, right? Well, that’s exactly how you will feel when you first get yourself enrolled for a Master’s Thesis course. If you venture without a proper direction and vision, you will find yourself stuck in a never-ending loop. However, if you are organized right from the very beginning, you will find yourself graduated with research work to be proud of. So, find out these amazing tips that will help you to sail through the ocean of knowledge.
Be Your Own Leader
One common thing everyone does before starting a thesis work is consulting with previous graduates. While taking advice from seniors will not hurt you, be sure you do not follow them blindly. What worked for others may not work for you.
Only you can decide which road map will be suitable for you and which one will not help you. So, build your strategy and course of action from your habits, instincts, and experiences.
Choose Your Advisor And Topic Wisely
It is important to find an advisor who is fair, demanding, experienced in guiding students successfully, and can communicate well with students about the requirements for the degree.
While choosing a topic for your thesis, make sure to look in the field of your expertise. Even though the outcome of your research work is supposed to be unique, a little foreknowledge on the topic will help you to gain a broader perspective.
Also, try to keep an open mindset when it comes to changing the topic. A lot of times, researchers are found to complete their work with an altogether different topic from the one they had started to work with. As you go along, you will find leads on what to work with. So, keep your eyes open. You may find treasures where you least expect it.
Nothing Works Better Than Organized Knowledge
Have you heard the famous quotation from Benjamin Franklin?
“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.”
Once you start your research work, you will find out that nothing is more precious than saving time. Without being organized you are bound to fail. You need to keep track of your progress, works you have completed, papers you need to look for, etc, etc.
You will have to keep a range of lists such as, ‘To be read’, ‘List of completed References’ and it goes on and on. Do you belong to old school thought? Then use a diary to jot it down all. You are a technology geek? There are to-do-list apps that you can use! So, what is your excuse for not being organized?
Be Regular, Punctual and Attentive
You are probably thinking what’s so new in this advice? You have been hearing this since your first day at school. Well, stick it in your brain. You will now need this more than ever. There is no alternative to punctuality if you want to get through it successfully.
Report your progress of work to your advisor at least once per week. Pay attention and take notes of the discussions you will have with your advisor. Remember, it is important to be on the same page with your advisor.
Filter Out The Negative Thoughts
Last but not the least, it is important to be positive to achieve success. All of your friends are already earning? The very thought of presenting your work in front of the board of examiners makes you sweat and tremble? Time to banish those thoughts of the future as they will only slow down your progress.
Finally, it is important to set attainable goals and work diligently to achieve it. Remember that some things only seem difficult and impossible until it is done. So, when are you giving me the good news of completing your Master’s thesis with flying colors??