Easy Guide to Creating a Doctoral Dissertation in a Matter of Weeks

One of the biggest misconceptions about writing a doctoral dissertation is that it will take you several months to a year to complete. And while you certainly want to dedicate as much time to it as you possibly can muster, it’s not impossible to get it done in a matter of a few weeks.

  1. Use Your Proposal Document for Reference
  2. Your proposal document can be a real life saver in completing the larger graduate document. Use it as reference in crafting an outline document, following its basic structure and format in order to developing a final dissertation document that meets the department’s standards.

  3. Develop a Hard Schedule and Stick to It
  4. Take a hard look at everything you need to do to get your dissertation completed before your deadline. Spread out your tasks evenly and make sure you stick to the schedule, even if it means giving up on other responsibilities.

  5. Set a Daily Goal and Write for Several Hours
  6. It sounds impossible to write 8,000 – 10,000 words a day. But this should be your daily goal if you expect to finish your dissertation within a few weeks. Your writing doesn’t have to be perfect (that’s what revisions and edits are for), but you do want to get your ideas down with great efficiency.

  7. Start Making Your Revisions as You Write
  8. Revisions should normally be done after you’ve completed the entire first draft, but because you are in a rush you should start to make them as you compose the first draft. You’ll still need to do this more thoroughly but you can save a lot of time if you get started early.

  9. Edit and Proofread with a Clarity and Focus
  10. By now your eyes must be burning and you feel the overwhelming sense of mental tiredness. Take a day or two off before you come back to make your edits and proofread your writing. You need clarity and focus to do these effectively.

  11. Add the Finishing Touches and Ask for a Review
  12. Finally, make sure you put in all the finishing touches, such as headers, footers, page number, etc. and ensure that everything is consistent. Ask a friend or colleague to review your work one more time to make sure there are no mistakes.