Begin the thesis: organize and plan the work

And even the last exam is gone! After the abundant celebrations and toasts with fellow sufferers, the time has come to start the thesis, to make the final effort to get out of that infinite tunnel that is the University.

Don’t you know which way to turn? Don’t worry, it’s normal. But you will see that starting the thesis is just a state of mind. It is enough to know how to organize:

ONE. Choose a topic:

Writing from 30 to 150 pages on an uninteresting thing is a useless agony that you must and can save. Choose something that has interested you during the course years, or that comes from a personal interest and adapt it to a related subject / professor. Also check that nobody has had – before you – the same brilliant idea.

TWO. Choose the Supervisor (and any Correlator):

Present your idea and make sure you “book it” as soon as possible for the session in which you intend to graduate. The best teachers go like hot cakes … Don’t waste time!

THREE. Proceed with the Bibliographic Search:

Search all the sources concerning the chosen topic. The sources are also useful for finding out perspectives and points of view different from yours and for choosing the path to follow in writing. Advice: take note, from time to time, of all the bibliographical sources consulted. In this way it will be easier to compile the bibliography at the end of the work.

FOUR. Eye to Deadlines:

The bureaucracy connected to the world of graduations is ruthless: for a delay you could risk not graduating at all! It may happen that there is a pre-registration many months before the supposed date of discussion and, subsequently, a definitive registration with presentation of the title and official approval of the speaker. Tip: print a calendar with deadlines and create alerts on your mobile phone at least a week before … You won’t lose yourself.

FIVE. Write the Index and / or a Concept Map:

They will serve to clarify and define a provisional structure of your thesis. Do not forget to submit your ideas to the Rapporteur, so as to have confirmation and why not, maybe even some advice.

SIX. Proceed with the Introduction:

Remember to include the purpose of your work and briefly outline the path you intend to follow. Be aware that in any case you will have to retouch it in the end: the ways of the thesis are endless, who knows how many times you will change your mind.

SEVEN. Proceed with the Chapters:

Usually the thesis chapters should be structured from the general to the particular. Starting from the definition of the context in which your idea is developed, then proceeding with the formulation of a hypothesis and the subsequent verification (based on an experiment or bibliographic research). Let the speaker read your work as it takes shape and make the changes you are advised to do.

EIGHT. Write the Conclusions and retouch the Introduction:

Harmonize them with the introduction. Briefly take up the goal of your work and the process you followed for the realization. Finally, explain your results by indicating the “proofs” that validate them.

NINE. Complete the Bibliography and the Sitography.

TEN. Forget the thesis:

Take a few days off to clear your mind. You will be so immersed in the text that you have written, that it will be impossible to see the errors. So get away for a couple of days and dedicate yourself to yourself.

ELEVEN. Re-read everything:

Well and again. And start spell checking. Or let a trusted person read everything. Then send everything to the rapporteur for final approval.

TWELVE. Print the thesis and make the possible CD:

Always pay attention to bureaucratic deadlines. At this point it would be ridiculous to skip the session due to a delay in delivery to the secretariat.

THIRTEEN. Prepare the Speech.

FOURTEEN. Celebrate!

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