Common mistakes in Research papers

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1 10 0 T To op p M Mi is st ta ak ke es s E Ev ve er ry y S St tu ud de en nt t Makes When Writing a Master Thesis? Lesson 1 brought to you by www.MasterYourThesis.comNext 10 Top Mistakes Every Student Makes When Writing a Master Thesis? The master thesis writing process is riddled with pitfalls. Any one of these can m ma ak ke e y yo ou u l lo os se e s si ig gh ht t o of f y yo ou ur r g go oa al ls s a an nd d p pr re ev ve en nt t y yo ou u f fr ro om m f fi in ni is sh hi in ng g y yo ou ur r m ma as st te er r''s s thesis. Among the numerous mistakes that students make when writing their master thesis, here are the top most. 1. Choosing a difficult topic or a title that sounds esoteric for wow factor There's nothing wrong with a thesis title/topic that laymen and people from other academic disciplines will find difficult to understand. However, master students should remember that their first priority should be to choose a topic that interests t th he em m – – n no ot t a a t to op pi ic c t th ha at t w wi il ll l i im mp pr re es ss s o ot th he er rs s i in n t th he ei ir r d di is sc ci ip pl li in ne e. . Do not make the mistake of choosing an exceedingly esoteric topic and a very difficult-to-pronounce title just to impress others and sound truly "academic." You're probably going to regret going for such a topic if your interest lies elsewhere; you'll find such a master thesis difficult to complete. 2Previous Next 2. Rushing their proposals Students fail to start writing their thesis proposal on time so they rush through the process to beat their deadlines. Although most students do manage to pass their p pr ro op po os sa al ls s b by y t th he e d du ue e d da at te e, , t th he ey y p pr ro ob ba ab bl ly y f fa ai il le ed d t to o c ch ho oo os se e a a t to op pi ic c t th he ey y t tr ru ul ly y l li ik ke e (they probably settle on whatever first comes to mind) or failed to produce the best possible write up and thus get a better reception from faculty members. 3. Slacking after their proposals have been approved Students, after their thesis proposals have been approved, are so relived for successfully overcoming the first significant hurdle that they feel justified in slacking and relaxing for a while. Unfortunately, slacking and relaxing become a nasty habit in masteral students – and this can have a disastrous effect on their goal of finishing or completing their master thesis. As with any subject or requirement in graduate school, a master thesis has to be finished within a specific, predetermined time frame. 3Previous Next 4. Failing to get organized Master students think that their thesis proposal is specific enough as a guide, and thus they do not feel the need to create a definitive plan of action to follow in c co om mp pl le et ti in ng g t th he ei ir r t th he es si is s. . W Wh hi il le e t th he e t th he es si is s p pr ro op po os sa al l i is s s sp pe ec ci if fi ic c, , y yo ou u n ne ee ed d t to o b be ec co om me e yet more specific. Each specific task involved and each material needed in the process should be named and identified if you hope to finish writing your thesis on time and with considerable ease. 5. Not following their plan of action Even if master students have a definite and specific plan of action, all would be for naught if said students fail to follow their plan. Unfortunately, this is a mistake t th ha at t s st tu ud de en nt ts s w wr ri it ti in ng g t th he ei ir r m ma as st te er r t th he es si is s a ar re e p pr ro on ne e t to o c co om mm mi it tt ti in ng g. . Y Yo ou u s sh ho ou ul ld d n no ot t disregard your plan of action and its corresponding schedule. Your plan of action/schedule is your guide to a flawless thesis execution. It is also your guarantee to finishing your master thesis right on time and on target. 4Previous Next 6. Failing to submit master thesis drafts in a timely manner Graduate students worldwide are guilty of not passing their thesis drafts on time. Although some can perhaps claim that they have indeed passed every single draft o on n t ti im me e – – t th he ey y''d d p pr ro ob ba ab bl ly y n no ot t b be e a ab bl le e t to o c cl la ai im m t th ha at t t th he ei ir r d dr ra af ft ts s n ne ee ed de ed d n no o m ma aj jo or r improvement or revisions. This just proves that a master thesis draft is either not passed on time or, when passed on time, is usually rushed. 7. Failure to evaluate progress periodically Another common mistake of students writing their master thesis is failure to evaluate their progress. They only make a progress report whenever they are prompted by their thesis adviser. 8. Failing to consult with adviser and thesis panel members regularly Although graduate students writing their thesis do consult with their thesis adviser, they do not do so often enough. Typically, they have career or family matters to think about, so they just consult with their advisers whenever convenient or whenever they are required to do so. 5Previous Next 9. Failing to incorporate all thesis adviser's and thesis panel's suggestions After consulting with the thesis adviser and the other members of their thesis panel, students writing their master thesis usually fail to incorporate all suggested r re ev vi is si io on ns s i in nt to o t th he ei ir r m ma as st te er r t th he es si is s. . O On ne e o of f t th he e p po os ss si ib bl le e r re ea as so on ns s f fo or r t th hi is s i is s contradictory suggestions from the various master thesis panel members or a student's conviction that the suggestions given are inappropriate. In any case, non-compliance with suggestions just results in unnecessary delays. If members of your thesis panel are in disagreement, you should meet with all of them to consolidate their suggestions. If you don't agree with their suggestions, on the other hand, defend your position and listen to their rebuttals so you can reach a happy medium. 1 10 0. . L Le ea av vi in ng g d da at ta a c co on ns so ol li id da at ti io on n a an nd d w wr ri it ti in ng g t ti il ll l t th he e v ve er ry y e en nd d Students writing their master thesis often collect all data first then commence with actual writing and data consolidation afterwards. It's much better to start writing and consolidating while you're still in the process of collecting data. This way, you will immediately become aware of deficiencies in your data collection techniques and thus initiate changes before you have expended a lot of effort. 6Previous Lesson 1 Assignment 1. Identify Your Top Mistakes 2. Write Them Down On Paper 3. Re-write Your Mistakes On a New Sheet of Paper. But This Time Start Out With ”I WILL NOT …”. For example: ”I WILL NOT fail to evaluate my progress periodically”. 4. Under Each Mistake, Write Your ” Why”. For Example: Why: BECAUSE it will allow me to get measureable results in order to finish my thesis, and for that I need to know how well I am going. 5. Under Your ” Why”, write up consequences if You don’t keep your promise. For Example: ”lack of knowing how well I am doing will result in continuous delays, dissatisfaction and frustration” 6. Stick Your Paper On the Wall or Anywhere In Front Of You To Remind You What You Promised Yourself. 7. Keep Your Promise . 8. Share Your Expereince And Results With Us (optional). 7

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