• Think carefully about your topic and ensure that it is sufficiently focused.
  • Write a detailed research proposal to help you anticipate the issues and problems that you are going to deal with.
  • Devote time to planning and stick to your plan.
  • Work closely with your supervisor and respect the time and advice that they give you.
  • Be organised and take detailed notes when you are undertaking your literature search and data collection.
  • Make a clear decision about stopping data collection.
  • Move positively into writing up your research.
  • Allocate enough time to reviewing and editing your writing.
  • Remember that you cannot achieve everything in your dissertation, but you can critically appraise what you have done, and outline ideas for further, relevant research.