Efficient ways to avoid mistakes in phd papers

When it comes to writing any paper, unless you're an editor, or a top English major spelling and grammar issues are bound to come about. Lets face it humans arent perfect, but in order to present a PhD paper it must be in tip top shape. Here are some common mistakes students tend to make while writing such papers, and how they can go about avoiding them.

Mistakes to avoid

  1. Topics that are too big: Many PhD students go about choosing topics which are way too big for them to discuss in length and in a meaningful way to leave a contribution behind to the university and subject. As researchers in universities have large budgets, and numerous resources at their disposal they can handle such topics. You however do not have this luxury and should concentrate on a more focused topic.
  2. Unclear thesis: A thesis must be clear. It has to be written, and embedded in your mind in a way that you can deliver a perfect pitch to anyone who should question you about it. In order to test out your thesis one should utilize the dinner test method, in which you try to convey to your guest what you hope to achieve, and what you are focusing on. If you can not pass the test, then your thesis needs to be reevaluated.
  3. Not delivering the goods: It is never good to make promises in your paper, you did not or can not make good on. It is important the conclusions and likewise the introduction match.
  4. Lacking focus: Each chapter has to be dedicated on a single purpose, or goal. Many students have a hard time sticking to one main topic per chapter. In order to avoid this in your writing you must assign only one function to each chapter you enlist in your work, likewise you have to be sure that other chapters you have written do not overlap with the preceding one as well.
  5. Not putting in time: In order to provide a well written paper, one must spend time doing research, reading, and writing. Many students do not spend enough time in these areas. Allocate time in the process so that you can have a well planned out paper from beginning to end.
  6. Subheadings: Subheadings are great in they let the reader know what to expect about a given set of paragraphs. One can use to many however, which is not good.

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