Why use styles in Microsoft Word?

  Writing your thesis is taxing as it is; and formatting your thesis to make it look neat and consistent is an essential, but often tedious (and sometimes, confusing) part of the thesis-writing process. Good thing Microsoft Word has Styles—a feature that makes formatting much quicker and less complicated. But what exactly is a style? It is a set of formatting instructions, such as the font size, colour and paragraph spacing to be used, that has been saved, so you don’t have to manually format each section of your document. A style is also what Word uses to identify different parts of your document. This is how you are able to see headings and subheadings on the Navigation Pane. It …

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What are headings and why are they important?

Definition of heading A heading is a short phrase describing what the succeeding section is all about. You can think of it as the title of that particular section. Short documents usually do not require the use of headings. For theses and other complex readings, however, headings are important because they help readers identify the main points of each section in the paper. Why different heading levels are needed All right, now we know a heading is there to tell readers what a section is about. Some points are more important than others, so assigning different heading levels is necessary to indicate their significance. The level of a heading should be based on whether the idea is a main point, …

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Best tools and tips for collecting thesis data online

  Since theses are usually built on original research conducted by the PhD candidate, many researchers need to collect a large amount of data—both qualitative and quantitative—to meet the requirements of their doctoral studies. With the ability to connect to thousands—even, potentially, millions—of people via the Internet, in some ways there has never been a better time to be collecting statistics. However, reaching those people and persuading them to fill out your survey or be your interview subject can be difficult. Here are some tips and tools for collecting the research you need for your thesis. Click HERE to Download our Tips on Finding Influencers in your Field Creating a survey There are many different survey generators online. Many of …

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Places to work on your thesis in Brighton

  Brighton is renowned throughout the UK as a student magnet. With two universities and a music academy, there is a large population of students, many of whom stay on after their degrees because living there is so appealing. It’s a party town and a haven for alternative lifestyles of all stripes. Where else can you live on the beach and at the forefront of culture and creativity just an hour’s train-ride from London? Click here to get a map showing these thesis-writing spots in Brighton However, London-by-sea’s reputation for being the nation’s party venue can sometimes let students down when they’re at the pointy end of writing a thesis. It can be difficult to find a quiet corner to …

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How do I motivate myself to write my thesis?

  The human brain is a funny thing. Even when we have a great reason to do something—a clean house, money, more free time, better health, greater knowledge—we somehow find ways to procrastinate and dawdle, preferring the easier but less preferable present to the more difficult but more rewarding future. Writing a thesis is much the same. Even though the potential rewards are exceptional—an impressive title, greater job opportunities, academic recognition, personal satisfaction—it can be incredibly difficult to knuckle down to the hard work of finishing your thesis. So, how do you get motivated? Here are some tips to maximise your motivation and get your thesis written: Create big goals for your life Before you even begin researching your thesis, …

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Self Editing Your Own Work in Writing: Pros and Cons

Any thesis supervisor will tell you that editing your work is essential. Even if you think you’ve written it perfectly, most proofreading will return at least a few glaring errors. Many people, especially international students, will choose to pay a professional editor to review their work, but many also opt to self-edit. So what are the pros and cons of editing your own work? Pro: You will save money A key consideration for many is that editing your own work will mean you don’t have to pay out what seems a large sum of money. Con: It will take a long time If you’re editing your own thesis, you will quickly find that it takes a very, very long time …

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