A lot of hard work goes into writing your master’s thesis, and an even greater challenge arises when you only have a couple of weeks to put it all together. While this is certainly not the most ideal situation, it’s not impossible to write a good thesis in that time. All it takes is some planning and sticking to a strict schedule – there’s no room for error so be sure you aren’t distracted by anything unexpected. Here’s how to write your master’s thesis in two weeks:
Design all your tables and figures (if any) and write down your results section. Be sure you are clear about your legends and definitions. Keep your tables and figures in order and organized logically. Once you have your tables and figures in front of you should be able to start writing your results section, based exactly on what your tables and figures say. Ideally, you should be able to get this important first step down in about 2 – 3 days.
Write your materials and methods sections. You’ll notice that by writing down your results section first you’re basically working backwards, but instead of writing your discussion next you should skip back to getting down how you arrived to your conclusions by clearly listing your materials and methods. With each of these sections you should pay close attention to writing a near final draft, but don’t get bogged down with all the details since you this plan will give you time for proofreading and final edits.
Tackle the discussion portion of your master’s thesis. This is the meat of your long paper and needs to be structured properly and logically. You should spend the most on this section 5 – 6 days, writing anywhere between 3000 – 4000 good words each day at a minimum. This may seem ambitious at first but you’ll find that the words begin to flow if you stick to a daily schedule. Write in the morning and take a good 2 hour break in the afternoon. Come back to your work and revise as you go. You may be able to squeeze in a few more hours in the evening for leisure, but mostly you may find yourself working up until it’s time for bed. Don’t skimp on the sleep; your mind will function better the next day if you get your usual 7 – 8 hours rest.
Write your introduction and section contents page. Like in other types of writing assignments writing your introduction last is sometimes easier because you now have the rest of the content figured out. You should spend 1 day working on your intro and another few hours working on the section contents page.
The last couple of days should be spent closely proofreading and editing for all grammar, punctuation, or spelling mistakes. Be sure to leave a whole day off before printing out your paper so that you can read your work with a fresh set of eyes. It should help to get someone else, like a colleague or a friend, to read your work as well.
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