Deadlines are looming and it's that point in the year when us third years have begun to panic about getting our dissertations finished, bound and submitted whilst attempting to achieve the grades and work out quite what we want to do with our lives.
So, here's my do's and don'ts as to how survive your dissertation and make it ten times easier that you could have even thought.
Do Break the word count down - Before you start work out roughly how many words each section should be. It'll give you something to aim for and by breaking it down the 10,000 words won't seem quite as bad. It'll almost become a few smaller essays rather than on massive undoable assignment.
Don't get hung up on the word count - You may struggle to hit a word count. Don't just waffle on unnecessarily. This won't help you in the long run because you're not saying anything substantial. If you start to struggle, come back to that section with a clear head.
Do Read all of the submission guidelines - There is nothing worse than spending loads of time getting the assignment done, only to lose marks for not following the submission guidelines perfectly.
Don't Worry about the guidelines until you're finished - Get the content right and the rest will follow.
Do make sure you understand what you're writing about. - Pick a subject that yo uthink you could be interested in and make sure you understand the way in which you are analysing. You have to work on it for a while.
Don't over complicate the analysis - It is better to have completed an analysis that is simple but well thought out and understood than a complex method that is difficult to follow and/or understand.
Take it as it comes, and before you know it, you'll have it submitted and finished and never have to worry about it again.