Posted on August 14, by pat thomson How does a thesis get written? What do I as a supervisor do to help? How does feedback work best? A set of inter-related questions that keep many of us mildly, or a lot, worried.
I recommend doing some key tasks on paper initially, as noted below; how you transfer them to a calendaring or other organizing mechanism is totally up to you. You may want to read the list of schedule myths before your start. For one of the best reads on the virtues of checklists and schedules in helping you complete big projects, read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.
Remember, the point of the exercise is not the schedule itself: These are the high-level guidelines within which you now must work: Your assumptions should include financial ones, institutional ones, and personal ones. Here are some examples: I will have two years post-candidacy exam funding and can apply for a non-guaranteed third year.
One year of funding is a fellowship; the other requires teaching. My dissertation proposal must be approved no later than N months after candidacy exams. To be competitive in that market, I will need to present at N conferences and publish M papers by the time I enter the market.
Before you build your schedule, discuss your assumptions. The first two conversations should happen face to face rather than via email, even if you typically communicate with your adviser and DGS that way.
Of course you need not discuss personal assumptions with your adviser or DGS. The conversations with your spouse or partner will probably be ongoing, but you should have an explicit discussion up front. This is perhaps the single most important step.
List all the required tasks. This exercise not only helps build a schedule but reminds you that a dissertation is not an endless, unmapped road but a series of discrete, finite tasks.
You should draft this on your own initially, and then get advice from your adviser, and especially from other graduate students, preferably from at least two students from your department, or at least your institution, who have finished within the previous six months.
They will be your best guides to current requirements and realities that you will encounter. Yes, you will probably miss some tasks. Estimate how long each task will take. If you have no idea how long a task will take, estimate: Here too you should ask for advice from those who have completed theses recently.Setting up a writing-feedback calendar provides a VERY helpful focus for a discussion sometime towards the end of field, library or lab work.
And it’s a good thing to pin your calendar on your wall above your screen next to your research question.
Calendar Example Consider a different encoding for the months of the year that numbers the months from 0 (January) to 11 (December) rather than 1 to 12?
Show the effect of this new encoding by rederiving the equations of Exercise Exercise (Calendar Example) Derive the equations for d29, d30, and d Calendar Example. The best way to stay on track with graduation requirements is to keep up with the deadlines posted on the Graduate School calendar.
Last day for Master’s/Thesis students to submit Thesis Master’s Final Examination Form (Form 9), ETD Final Approval Form, and electronic thesis in PDF to AUETD. Those submitted after this date will not be eligible for May graduation without receiving an extension, which must be requested by the Graduate Program Director or the Thesis/Dissertation Coordinator by this date.
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