A tremendous shift in thinking happens in graduate students as they approach graduation. About a year or two before finishing school they need to stop considering themselves as the students they were as undergrads when they spent their time taking course unrelated to their field and generally getting work done to meet minimum requirements; as graduate students they need to start considering themselves as professionals – especially when starting work on their accounting dissertation. Here are 5 tips for success in completing this final project:
This doesn’t just apply to the actual process of writing. You should also consider the amount of time you will spend researching and tracking down resources from all over the country. Your school’s library – while it may be quite large – will not contain every resource you need to adequately debate your topic. This means you should give yourself plenty of leeways to make inter-library requests and come up with a backup plan should your searches prove less than satisfactory.
A lot of accounting students do not favor the idea of spending several days editing their dissertations. Some students think that it is tedious and they get bored with the activity quickly. Many students have also mentioned that they aren’t confident with their editing and proofreading capabilities. They doubt themselves whenever they find a sentence, phrase, or word can use some improvement, but they don’t quite know what they should be doing. Practice these skills through your academic career and your writing should improve drastically.
You can make your accounting dissertation writing much more interesting if you contemplate a problem or puzzle within the field and attempt to successfully solve it. Your aim should be to make an important contribution to the discipline. You can think about disproving or challenging something that is considered truth, or you can tackle new questions or issues that others have left unanswered. Just keep looking towards “pushing the envelope.”
You need to develop a consistent schedule in order to develop a good writing habit. Some students do well writing in the morning while others prefer writing late at night. Find out what works best for you and stick to that schedule throughout the entire process. You may struggle at first but once you’re mentality changes, you should be able to work efficiently for several hours on designated writing days.
This can be a bit difficult to understand or swallow. But just because you feel you’ve come up with something that is profound, it does not mean that it is actually worth talking about in the field of accounting. Ask an outside reviewer and editor to critique your work and give thought to their suggested changes. You don’t need to accept their advice you should heavily take it into consideration.
Writing a great accounting dissertation can be a year-long process in which you may encounter a number of hurdles. Never let this discourage you. The best academic writers have or will experience this from time to time. Utilize all available resources, including outside reviewers, editors, and professionals who specialize in this kind of large-scale project.
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