Avoiding Thesis Pitfalls
Watch out for a number of common thesis pitfalls. Any of the following could increase your workload, stress, or time to completion:
- Adopting a question that is too broad or poorly defined.
- Getting distracted by other interesting issues or problems that don’t address your thesis question.
- Not taking time to get organized at the beginning of your process.
- Adopting a work plan that doesn’t include time for unanticipated delays or setbacks.
- Failing to reset your timeline with your advisor when you miss a key due date.
- Using email to communicate with your advisor about important choices and challenges (schedule time to do this in person or via phone).
- Not setting concrete progress goals or milestones.
- Writing without an audience in mind.
- Writing without a clear outline - you can use questions about what you need to know or include in each section to guide you: https://www.futurice.com/blog/how-to-write-a-thesis/
- Writing a literature review like a laundry list.
- Focusing too much on thesis results and not enough on the process.
- Working without a weekly schedule.