Thesis Tips

A thesis or dissertation requires so much more than writing: Master Academia shares tips on effective and efficient thesis writing!

  • 75 linking words for academic writing (+examples)

    Linking words play an important role in academic writing: They connect different paragraphs, sections or ideas in a text. Therefore, they considerably improve the readability and argumentation of academic texts such as a thesis, dissertation, essay or journal publication. This…

  • How to paraphrase a quote: 4 simple strategies

    The ability to paraphrase correctly is incredibly important for academic writing. This is particularly true when writing a thesis or dissertation. Four simple strategies help you to paraphrase academic quotes while avoiding plagiarism. What is paraphrasing in academic writing? The…

  • How to prepare your viva opening speech

    A viva, or PhD thesis defence, typically starts with an opening speech by the PhD candidate. This opening speech can be prepared in advance. How? By following six simple steps that take you from checking university requirements, to structuring and…

  • Planning your PhD research: A 3-year PhD timeline example

    Planning out a PhD trajectory can be overwhelming. Example PhD timelines can make the task easier and inspire. The following PhD timeline example describes the process and milestones of completing a PhD within 3 years. Elements to include in a…

  • Left your dissertation too late? Ways to take action now

    If you are prone to procrastination, or simply busy with many other things, you may suddenly realise that you are behind with your dissertation. Did you leave your dissertation too late? Maybe. Maybe not. It is time to take action!…

  • How to write a fantastic thesis introduction (+15 examples)

    The thesis introduction, usually chapter 1, is one of the most important chapters of a thesis. It sets the scene. It previews key arguments and findings. And it helps the reader to understand the structure of the thesis. In short,…

  • First meeting with your dissertation supervisor: What to expect

    The first meeting with your dissertation supervisor can be a little intimidating, as you do not know what to expect. While every situation is unique, first meetings with a dissertation supervisor often centre around getting to know each other, establishing…

  • Sample emails to your thesis supervisor

    A good thesis requires good communication between you and your thesis supervisor. This includes emails! Yet, even a simple email can lead to stress and overthinking. If you struggle to communicate with your thesis supervisor via email, have a look…

  • The importance of sleep for efficient thesis writing

    Thesis writing is hard. And it is common for PhD and master’s students to feel stressed during this phase. Prioritising sleep may sound counterintuitive. But there are very good (scientific!) reasons to prioritise sleep for efficient thesis writing. Sleep deprivation…

  • Improve your thesis with a systematic literature review

    Systematic literature reviews can be intimidating, but they can improve a thesis considerably! Learn more about systematic literature reviews and their benefits. And have a look at a simple step-by-step guide that breaks down the daunting task of conducting a…

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