Optimising Your Dissertation Writing - dummies

By Carrie Winstanley

Part of Writing a Dissertation For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

The quality and clarity of your writing has a significant impact on how your dissertation is marked. Make sure that it packs a punch, and reflects the hard work you’ve put into your project. Here are some top tips.

  • Contact your support services if you know you struggle with writing. Explain the nature of the difficulty to your supervisor (also suggest what you can do to help yourself).

  • Get help from the university support services if you don’t fully understand what is meant by ‘good English’ and find samples of good writing to help you improve your writing style.

  • Proofread your writing – you can pick up on mistakes that you or even your computer’s spellchecker may have made.

  • Avoid cliché, colloquialisms and a chatty style, but also beware of sounding too formal and stuffy. You need a clear, academic, unfussy style.

  • Keep paragraphs and sentences short and straightforward.

  • Never use words you don’t fully understand.