Creating a work plan
You now know your topic and have already read a little in the relevant specialist literature. This knowledge is enough to create a first work plan. Understand which sections belong to your topic, and note for each section,
- which specialist literature must be consulted;
- what should be investigated in this topic area;
- which method (s) should be used.
At this point, the most important thing to do is to estimate or ask yourself or a competent contact: How much time do I need? You must plan sufficient time for literature research, your own examinations and for the documentation, including the presentation of the result and its discussion, including the summary etc., for each subtask; Under no circumstances should you underestimate the duration of the technical completion of the diploma thesis in your time calculation, such as formatting, etc. Like. (see last chapter).
Also determine in time how many pages you can write each day. Do not calculate to kapp: Two weeks of “air” in the schedule are the minimum! The time is never enough! Every graduate knows about it: missing lending, unavailable interviewees, late booked equipment or laboratory space, writer’s block, sorcerer, lovesickness, … – not infrequently, several of these labor–delaying problems come together at once.
Every scientific work deals with the investigation of any question or problem. The resulting and emerging questions must be identified at the beginning of the work and guesses about what the answers and / or solutions might look like. These assumptions are called (hypo-) theses, which constitute well–founded assumptions and have come about independently of personal considerations or opinions regarding the topic. This is to be expressed by choosing suitable formulations. Therefore avoid formulations such as: “The topic is forward–looking.” This would not constitute a hypothetical assumption, but a fixed assertion or immutable fact whose verification can not or can not be verified. Instead, for example, write: “It is probable that the topic will become more important in the future.” Proving this, in the end, with scientific methodology research, is central to its task, and not necessarily completely new research results must be brought to light.
More important than innovative approach is scientific correctness. Think carefully about which method (s) you want to apply, and justify your approach in writing with the necessary care and thoroughness.
Preparation of the structure
Once the finished formulations of your theses are available and you have already designed a work plan, a provisional structure must be compiled. It is particularly useful as well as helpful to fix the provisional structure at this point in writing, as this – at least initially – should serve as a “writing plan“. This should also be avoided, in particular, to digress from the topic and important points not timely or even forget.
In the course of the writing process, one or the other changes must be made to the original structure. Only with the final completion of the text, the outline (as) can be completed (considered).
Successful and worth reading writing
When writing your thesis, think of a scientifically interested reader who wants to be informed clearly and comprehensively. Try to be as good as possible. To formulate clear and understandable means, among other things, to do without unnecessary filler words and digressions. Rather, it is crucial – right from the start – to find the red thread and to keep it in sight until the end. If you still want to cite several secondary aspects because they seem important to you, they are often better off in footnotes than in the main text.
Writing easy and easy to read also means dosing the professional vocabulary correctly. A superfluous accumulation of technical terms is annoying and exhausting to the reader, provided your professor does not have an explicit preference for exaggerated “technical Chinese.” It is not always easy to find the right level of technical terminology and to accurately reflect the facts. This is one of the important points on which we attach great importance to mentors.
Here is a small tip: It is often very useful to bring the basic idea of a section in the first sentence using cleverly selected signal words to the language. Before you get down to the painstaking work of correction, professors like to skim through all the work to get their first verdict. And this judgment has – like all first impressions – a lot of weight. A work that seems clear and smart at first glance and obviously addresses the right topics, will never be rated very badly – even if the details will be corrected later.
Writing also means revising
One of our mentors remembers from his studies an ambitious fellow student who on several occasions unsuccessfully attempted to publish an essay on his private research at a renowned journal. After reading his text, he realized why his repeated efforts had failed. Although he had studied the research subject thoroughly and had come to a really noteworthy result, but he succeeded despite all the intense efforts not to put this on paper. A short time later, he proudly showed the published, indeed professionally authored article. What had happened that he could now realize his plan? Only after he had asked both his fellow students for support and their assessments caught up and asked for help from several lecturers and professors, he came to his well–deserved success.