The dreaded dissertation

Gillian Bandaranaike

Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Category: Nursing and midwifery

24 January 2014

I have found that writing my dissertation has been one of the most challenging assignments during the past three years: synopsis, literature search, aaaarrgghh!!

But what I have learnt from it is to ensure you start it in plenty of time before hand-in; I started mine six months in advance.

Once I decided on my subject, I sat down with my tutor and did a mind map to decide if it would be a good written dissertation. Once agreed I began my literature search on culture diabetes. The literature search was the hardest part and the smallest part of the dissertation; however, once I felt I really understood it the words began to flow.

One of the most important parts of the dissertation is to ensure you arrange time with your tutors, so they can go over the work you have already completed and discuss any amendments that can be made.

I found that when I was in my tutorial for my dissertation, taping the conversation was great as when I got home, I never forgot what was said and it ensured the amendments that we went through were made correctly.

The main points about writing a dissertation are: plan ahead, decide on your subject, thoroughly research this subject, have plenty of tutorials and seek support if you need it.

Mine has now been handed in…phew!


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