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Honors Workshop Handout
- Time Management 2013 workshopThis handout covers tips and ideas about 3 topics related to your thesis: seeing the bigger picture of your thesis process, "chunking" your work into smaller pieces to make it more manageable and how to pace yourself.
- Goal Setting and Time Management Workshop Handout - 2014This workshop focused on the different types of tasks you have as part of your thesis process and how you might track those and manage them in a more efficient way
Honors Thesis Information
U of U Honors College Thesis and Capstone Information
Honors College Thesis Template in Word
Marriott Library Subject Guides of Interest
- Writing Research Papers libguide
- Advanced Researh in the Social Sciences Libguide
- Advanced Research in the Sciences libguide
- Art History Research libguide
- How to Post Research Papers in Uspace libguide
- Writing a Literature Review libguide
- Writing an Annotated Bibliography libguide
- End Note Support Libguide
Managing the thesis Writing Process
Time Management Strategies for a Thesis Writing Process
At the beginning your thesis project, the whole research and writing process may seem daunting and difficult to get your head around. It is important to devote adequate time to the thesis process, stay organized, and remain on task so you can be successful. To do this I recommend you focus on three things:
1. Plan for the Bigger Picture
In order to really get a handle on the whole thesis project it is easier to visualize the bigger picture of the project first and then drill down to define tasks to be completed. This bigger picture view will also show you all that needs to be done and in what order and you will see stronger connections between the individual thesis projects and tasks. This will help you make sure you do not miss anything along the way that might cause a delay in your thesis completion.
- Schedule out your thesis
- University of Michigan: Writing a research paper schedule
2. Chunk the Larger Project into Smaller Tasks
A large writing project is always a little intimidating, but if you chunk into smaller tasks and deadlines it becomes easier to manage and succeed (see section 1 above). Chunking out tasks and assignments into smaller pieces will help you make progress and build upon your progress as you go. So for example, you will need to find resources for your topic before you can write a review of the literature as an introduction for your paper. So don’t worry about your literature review until you have done your research – that would be a waste of time.
- Concept map or brainstorm ideas
- A video about using concept mapping to identify a topic
- Getting started on a research topic
- One of the free concept mapping softwares IHMC Cmap (http://cmap.ihmc.us/)
- Get creative juices flowing: Creativity Links
- Analyzing text for your research study (will need to consider this if you are designing a research project)
- How will you analyze data?
- Transcription Tools (will not transcribe for you but will help the process along)
- Coding Analysis Tools
- NVivo Library Guide, Atlas.ti (text Analysis) Library Guide, Excel, Magic Markers?
3. Pace Yourself
Remember to pace yourself. It is important to stay on task on a continuous basis. Try to build in time to just reflect on your project, think about your draft, reread your drafts after taking a break so you have time to reflect. Sometimes you can be the most productive when you take a break and the pressure is off to “complete” a part of your project. Be open to thoughts popping into your head about your work; I often find I get great ideas like a few days or a week after I have written something.
- Reflect on your writing: Reflecting on your drafts
- Keep a research journal
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