Using Books for PhD Thesis Writing

Writing one’s PhD thesis is the culmination of your academic career thus far, and for many, the culmination of their entire career as a student. For most students, their PhD thesis is a defining moment, one which comes with an incalculable level of pressure. This pressure has undone many a fine doctoral candidate. It’s unfortunately not uncommon for candidates to finish everything except their PhD thesis because of the anxiety associated with this vast, individual research project. In order to address this audience, many different books have been written to try and coach students through the process of researching and writing their doctoral dissertations.

What do these books include?

Generally, PhD thesis writing books include strategies to assist students in staying focused and working on their doctoral dissertations in an efficient manner. More than anything, however, they offer strategies for time management and personal motivation, the two most vital elements in completing one’s dissertation.

What part of completing their dissertation do most students struggle with?

As many of these books will attest, it’s frequently the actual writing of the dissertation which PhD students find to be an obstacle. Veterans at research, many research the questions that their dissertation poses enthusiastically. They’re well prepared for this stage of the project, which is essentially teaching one’s self through research, reading, and investigation. It’s also easy to remain motivated at this point because it is a topic about which the student is typically quite passionate.

However, when it comes time to compiling their notes into a coherent dissertation-length writing, they find themselves stalled.

Why is the writing portion so difficult?

Most students who don’t complete their PhD say it’s because they’ve never worked on a writing project of this immense scale. And this is true. Even a master’s thesis doesn’t compare to the challenge posed by writing their dissertation.

How can PhD books help?

Plenty of PhD students consider themselves expert writers, and in shorter forms they are. When it comes to long-form writing, however, they discover they are not the experts they imagined. Thankfully, such experts do exist, and share their knowledge in these books on thesis writing. Advice like when to write, how long, the best way to schedule one’s writing, and tips on staying organized while composing a rough draft all help to keep stressed doctoral candidates on track to finish their PhD thesis.