- 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.
SMILE - Writing a research proposal by The Learning Development Department, University of Leicester modified by Marion Kelt, Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License