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loricohen87

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Do you make these dissertation writing mistakes?
« on: June 04, 2010, 03:28:13 PM »
Loads of bad dissertations have been written and yet there are many to be written. It seems some students set up their minds while writing a dissertation to come up with the worst dissertation ever been written. The great dissertations are so rare that dissertation of a bad quality overtakes the high quality dissertation in huge numbers.

Do you want to know how students help themselves to write bad dissertations?

Here are some dissertation writing mistakes that help students to come up with the worst dissertation one of its own kind:

1. Surrounding themselves with in-agreement people: Doctoral students have a habit to surround themselves by like-minded people who think just like them. Although, this habit help themselves a lot in writing a dissertation but they become deprive of the views that may stand out their dissertation as a challenge to be accepted among the better ones; ultimately, their dissertation writing seems ordinary.

2. Selecting the topic just for them: Many students convince themselves about the topic they choose without bearing in mind about recent periodicals or dissertations. Who knows the topic that appears fascinating to them become out dated?

3. Continuing with a broader scope and vague terms: Many students can’t kept their breadth in a broader scope of dissertation writing as they run after more than one ideas to finish their dissertation as early as possibly without considering about the consequences.

4. Holding back the creativity by ignoring the outline: An outline serves as a roadmap to dissertation but students are used to of ignoring the dissertation outline that they don’t even think to plan their dissertation writing.

5. Confining to restricted bibliography: It appears that students refer to bibliographies that support their point of view only. They ignore that the purpose of dissertation is to study a valuable question and not meant to prove your point of view.

6. Presuming that anything not written in English worth nothing! Students don’t even try to value the literature written in any language other than English that help themselves in writing an incomplete dissertation; hence their literature review remains a mystery. 

7. Declaring statements by force and not by proof: Many students don’t even think to justify their statements regarding their dissertations on the basis of proof. They think that the way to make an impressive statement is to outcry the side of evidence.

8. Why to proofread and waste your time? At times, students prefer to cut out the proofread that prevent their dissertation writing to be free of weak arguments, ideas or spelling mistakes.

9. Why should the assistance of experts be taken?  It’s a general observation that the students avoid to take assistance of experts about their dissertation topics so that they can get help from them regarding the aspects of their work.

10. Proving the point at all cost: Loads of students use fake methodologies, false evidence and forced arguments to prove their point at all cost whether it’s right or wrong that lead their dissertation to be rejected.

These were the common mistakes that doctoral students make most of the times. Are you one of them?
 

tonybau

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Re: Do you make these dissertation writing mistakes?
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2010, 12:03:34 AM »
I'm surprised Joe Carillo hasn't commented on this piece. It should be interesting reading, especially since he strongly recommends we read about diametrically opposed views on correcting mistakes. Or, is Joe letting this go?

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Re: Do you make these dissertation writing mistakes?
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2010, 08:13:24 AM »
Glad to hear from you after a long while, tonybau! When it comes to dissertations in graduate studies, I think there should absolutely be no room for mistakes in all areas of exposition: syntax, semantics, logic, and language register. Those seeking higher academic degrees are given every opportunity to polish their thesis, arguments, supporting material, and language before submitting their dissertations. Thus, dissertations that still suffer from serious flaws in these four areas after having gone through the wringer have no business being used as a basis for conferring a graduate or postgraduate degree. This is why I thought that loricohen87's piece was de rigueur, needing no comment or elaboration because it hit the nail right on the head, so to speak.
« Last Edit: June 22, 2010, 08:15:31 AM by Joe Carillo »

tonybau

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Re: Do you make these dissertation writing mistakes?
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2010, 04:20:42 PM »
You are being generous today.  ;)

From what I gather, you are certainly letting this article go and look the other way--as far as correct English is concerned. One typo in one of my previous entries didn't escape your eye. That makes me wonder.

Honestly, I took some time getting the juice out of it because I had to find my way through the article.

Unless, of course, not commenting is de rigueur. Proper.

Just thinking...


 ;)

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Re: Do you make these dissertation writing mistakes?
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2010, 07:51:54 PM »
This is simply to clarify a few things about postings in the Forum. As a matter of policy, I don’t edit material as posted by Forum members in the discussion boards. What you see is exactly what the Forum member has posted. Except in very exceptional cases where serious confusion or disinformation might ensue, I don’t make any changes in the content and style of posted material nor make grammar or syntax corrections on it. However, when I decide to feature a particular posted material in the frontage of the Forum section where it appears, I do make an effort—but certainly not as brutal as what I do to articles intended for commercial publication—to polish its grammar and syntax. I actually did this for the version of loricohen87’s posting that appeared in the frontage of the Education and Teaching section, in the same way that I do for any posting that I deem worthy of publication in the frontage of a particular Forum section. But the original posting remains exactly as originally written by the Forum member—every word and punctuation mark of it, warts and all.

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Re: Do you make these dissertation writing mistakes?
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2010, 10:52:30 PM »
Thanks, Joe,

I still feel there is a need to re-work the article, especially at the frontage of a forum, because this detracts from the high quality articles that have so far made it there. I'm sure a heavy edit will make it more attractive (with permission from the author, of course).

All the best!

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Re: Do you make these dissertation writing mistakes?
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2011, 01:10:14 PM »
we read about diametrically opposed views on correcting mistakes. Or, is Joe letting this go

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Re: Do you make these dissertation writing mistakes?
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2011, 01:27:32 PM »
Yes, tuvpnproxy, I had let this matter go. Someone had offered advice about how to write well and I thought that it was best to let the advice speak for itself, warts and all. It would have been counterproductive for me to edit the material beyond recognition. I had conveyed these sentiments to Tonybau through back channels and if I remember right, he agreed that we should let things be.