. Steve Easterbrook, "How Theses Get Written: Some Cool Tips,". "Writing a PhD Proposal or synopsis,". "Writing a PhD Proposal or. What it really takes to finish the dissertation in a year or less. Over 1000 ABD's have used this method to become PhD's.">
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Rachna Jain Dissertation Proposal

More Hypothesis Statement Hints

by Dr. Rachna Jain | Developing the Proposal

I’ve noticed quite a lot of people searching for information on hypothesis statements, so I wanted to offer some additional hints for writing your hypothesis statements for your dissertation. This is a follow up to my original post on Creating Strong Hypothesis...

How's the Proposal?

by Dr. Rachna Jain | Developing the Proposal

I was speaking with a colleague earlier this week and we were talking about the dissertation proposal process. One of the topics we touched on was the idea that the proposal can sometimes feel bigger or more significant than the dissertation as a whole. We kept...

Creating Strong Hypothesis Statements

by Dr. Rachna Jain | Developing the Proposal

When writing the hypothesis statements for your dissertation, remember that simple is better. Your hypotheses should be clear,¬†direct, and able to be measured by your research. Let’s address each of these elements more fully: Hypothesis statements should be...

Building Your Chapter Outline

by Dr. Rachna Jain | Developing the Proposal, Writing Tips

I was emailing with one of the members of the dissertation coaching site today and he was asking about how to structure and build his chapter outline. I tend to believe that if one person is asking me a question, it reflects questions that other people may have, so I...

How much literature review is enough?

by Dr. Rachna Jain | Developing the Proposal

This is a response I gave to a fantastic question: How much literature review is enough? My reply: First, think of the lit review chapter as being “book-ended” by the introduction (chapter 1) and the methods (chapter 3)– assuming you are doing a...

Tips for the Proposal Part XI

by Dr. Rachna Jain | Developing the Proposal

Tip #11: Remember to restate and repeat. Your proposal should begin with a statement of what you propose, should follow with relevant examples, and research, and should end with a restatement of your objectives. This form of tell, re-tell is one key component of...


0000 Thesis statement


0100 Introduction section

0101 Problem

0102 Hypothesis


0200 Second section

0201 First topic

0202 Second topic

0203 Third topic


0300 Third section

0301 First topic

0302 Second topic

0303 Third topic


0400 Conclusion section

0401 Solution

0402 Significance

"Outlining is the first step to writing effectively."1

"An outline for a research paper is basically 60 percent of the work done."2

"While writing a research paper outline, you basically write the main parts of the assignment."3

"Statement of topic and aims: Identify the general subject area and outline how your topic relates to the field."4

"When starting to work on a research paper outline, sit down and focus on the sub topics of your main topic, so-called additional questions - they add new details to your problem and help make a research paper more complete."5

"For writing the main chapters you can begin early on with an outline of chapter titles, with bullet points of likely topics to be included."6

"This is useful even if a chapter is not complete since writing a chapter from a rough or incomplete outline is easier than starting from scratch."7

"The best way to get started on your thesis is to prepare an extended outline."8

"Admit it - it's much easier to adjust or rewrite several points in an outline than rewriting a whole paragraph or even several paragraphs in a research paper itself."9

"Now you and your thesis supervisor should carefully review this outline: is there unnecessary material (i.e. not directly related to the problem statement)?"10

"It is much less painful and more time-efficient to make such decisions early, during the outline phase, rather than after you've already done a lot of writing which has to be thrown away."11

"If you have a co-adviser, discuss the outline with him/her as well, and present all chapters to both advisers for comments."12

"Once you and your adviser have agreed on a logical structure, s/he will need a copy of this outline for reference when reading the chapters which you will probably present out of order."13

"These key words provide a skeleton for much of your chapter outline."14

"First make up a thesis outline: several pages containing chapter headings, sub-headings, some figure titles (to indicate which results go where) and perhaps some other notes and comments."15

"My outline and execution of my set schedule forced the paper to be done in small chunks, rather than the typical giant one, when many students, kids or adults, sit down the night before and try to accomplish a mammoth amount worth of work in one all-nighter."16

"Here, you should re-visit the aims and objectives of your research and outline the methods that you used to achieve those aims and objectives."17

"Important things for an outline: You should be able to structure your notes into headings and subheadings."18

"I also work bottom-up by writing blocks of content and then fitting them into my outline."19

"An outline helps you see how things fit together."20

"Outline: This is a great organizational tool that will assist you in getting your ideas down in a logical order or sequence."21

"This technique offers both the creative side of the free writing as well as the organization of the outline form. Once you have your basic ideas on paper, take one at a time and focus on getting down all the information you can."22

"Use your outline and be organised."23

"Use key sentences as an after-the-fact outline."24

"Once you have viewed your key sentences as an after-the-fact outline a few times you will discover how valuable it is to see your prose through this new lens."25

"Write down speculations, interesting problems, possible solutions, random ideas, references to look up, notes on papers you've read, outlines of papers to write, and interesting quotes."26

"For example, if you take your outline or checklist for what should be in your chapter II, it may look something like this: One section on what the research problem, another section on what are the five big themes in the literature that you need to be aware."27

"If you get stuck in the writing, just refer back to your outline and be thinking about where it is you have to take this particular section or category where you have to begin and where you have to end up, so that it flows into the next theme that you've already identified."28

"By taking the time to set up this kind of outline at the beginning, your writing process will be much easier and will proceed more smoothly."29

"Plan your thesis. Convert this argument into a chapter outline. At least one chapter per sentence ...maybe more than one for some sentences. Start a binder with a division for each chapter. Collect material in this binder. Set out clearly what each chapter should say."30

"You should cite examples of relevant practice if these are what establish the context of your own research (for example, if you are proposing work that constitutes a technical breakthrough in interactive cinema, outline the achievements and limitations of precursors)."31

"If your approach is experimental or comparative, outline how this approach will yield results (what do you expect to discover; why have you selected particular case studies?)."32

"If Chapter outline and thesis breakdown (required for PhD review synopsis or upgrade proposal; optional for first proposal): Identify each chapter and practical component, clearly defining its relationship to the overall thesis."33

"So, by building it up in increments, you all of a sudden go from some chapter headings or title headings (which don't mean anything to you) to actually an outline that is semi-filled out where you actually put in your own data or your own content in terms of the questions you need to answer."34

"It would be a good idea to provide an outline of your chapter so that your advisor can get a good overview of what the chapter is about and where it fits into your thesis or dissertation."35


1 Rachna D. Jain, "Outlining," <http://www.completeyourdissertation.com/blog/tag/dissertation-advice/>.

2 Mimi Rothschild, "Writing a Great Research Paper," <http://www.themorningstaracademy.org/daily_education_news/2007/12/03/>.

3 Mimi Rothschild, "Writing a Great Research Paper," <http://www.themorningstaracademy.org/daily_education_news/2007/12/03/>.

4 "Writing a PhD Proposal or synopsis," <http://cofa.unsw.edu.au>.

5 Mimi Rothschild, "Writing a Great Research Paper," <http://www.themorningstaracademy.org/daily_education_news/2007/12/03/>.

6 "The Easier Way to Write a PhD Thesis," <http://writing.bitesizebio.com/articles/the-easier-way-to-write-a-phd-thesis/>.

7 "The Easier Way to Write a PhD Thesis," <http://writing.bitesizebio.com/articles/the-easier-way-to-write-a-phd-thesis/>.

8 John W. Chinneck, "How to Organize a Thesis," <http://thesis-guidance.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-to-organize-thesis.html>.

9 Mimi Rothschild, "Writing a Great Research Paper," <http://www.themorningstaracademy.org/daily_education_news/2007/12/03/>.

10 John W. Chinneck, "How to Organize a Thesis," <http://thesis-guidance.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-to-organize-thesis.html>.

11 John W. Chinneck, "How to Organize a Thesis," <http://thesis-guidance.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-to-organize-thesis.html>.

12 "How to Write a PhD Thesis," <http://www.master-thesis-writing.net/masterthesiswriting/masterthesis.htm>.

13 "How to Write a PhD Thesis," <http://www.master-thesis-writing.net/masterthesiswriting/masterthesis.htm>.

14 "How to Write a PhD Thesis," <http://www.master-thesis-writing.net/masterthesiswriting/masterthesis.htm>.

15 "How to Write a PhD Thesis," <http://www.master-thesis-writing.net/masterthesiswriting/masterthesis.htm>.

16 Jackie Black, "Goodbye Panic Attacks: Writing A Research Paper - Begin," <http://www.ksrtw.com/goodbye-panic-attacks-writing-a-research-paper-begin/>.

17 "La Tesis de Grado en Universidades de Autralia," <http://intercontacto.blogspot.com/2007/11/la-tesis-de-grado-en-universidades-de.html>.

18 Sacha Chua, "Note-taking: Random notes, journal entries, outlines, and hyperlinks," <http://sachachua.com/notebook/wiki/today.php>.

19 Sacha Chua, "Note-taking: Random notes, journal entries, outlines, and hyperlinks," <http://sachachua.com/notebook/wiki/today.php>.

20 Sacha Chua, "Note-taking: Random notes, journal entries, outlines, and hyperlinks," <http://sachachua.com/notebook/wiki/today.php>.

21 Pam Sissons, "Academic Writing Skills: Great Writing Starts With Creative Thought & Organization," <http://adult-education.suite101.com/article.cfm/returning_student_writing_tools>

22 Pam Sissons, "Academic Writing Skills: Great Writing Starts With Creative Thought & Organization," <http://adult-education.suite101.com/article.cfm/returning_student_writing_tools>

23 "Writing up your PhD thesis," <http://www.grad.ac.uk>.

24 Tara Gray, "Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar," <http://ctl.stanford.edu/Tomprof/postings/661.html>.

25 Tara Gray, "Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar," <http://ctl.stanford.edu/Tomprof/postings/661.html>.

26 Tara Gray, "Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar," <http://ctl.stanford.edu/Tomprof/postings/661.html>.

27 Rachna D. Jain, "Outlining," <http://www.completeyourdissertation.com/blog/tag/dissertation-advice/>.

28 Rachna D. Jain, "Outlining," <http://www.completeyourdissertation.com/blog/tag/dissertation-advice/>.

29 Rachna D. Jain, "Outlining," <http://www.completeyourdissertation.com/blog/tag/dissertation-advice/>.

30 Steve Easterbrook, "How Theses Get Written: Some Cool Tips," <http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~sme/presentations/thesiswriting.pdf>.

31 "Writing a PhD Proposal or synopsis," <http://cofa.unsw.edu.au>.

32 "Writing a PhD Proposal or synopsis," <http://cofa.unsw.edu.au>.

33 "Writing a PhD Proposal or synopsis," <http://cofa.unsw.edu.au>.

34 Rachna D. Jain, "Outlining," <http://www.completeyourdissertation.com/blog/tag/dissertation-advice/>.

35 Wendy Carter, "Avoid Graduate School Hell! Select Your Advisor and Committee Wisely," <http://www.experience.com>.


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