My dissertation has been the one thing looming on my mind since probably the beginning of summer, I anticipated lots of stress and panic as well as all nighters, as I’m sure many people do. Having completed (what I believe) to be the worst of it, I figured I would do a review of my work and experience so far.
The English dissertation is 5000 words and we also had to complete a 3 minute presentation in front of a group of students and tutors. At first, I thought I would struggle reaching the word limit (although I now realise it isn’t very much at all) but once I completed all the research and began drafting my plan, I was no longer worried as even my plan was pretty hefty. I also worried about the presentation as presenting is one of my weaknesses, however I found that there was lots of advice given to us on blackboard and when it came to it, I actually did really well. Including managing to do it in bang on 3 minutes!
In terms of the research I found this the most fun part. As we obviously choose our own topic, it was something I was really interested in. So doing lots of reading and research in this area was actually very enjoyable, especially looking at different critics interpretations of the texts I had chosen. On the other hand, the most challenging aspect for me was the writing of my first draft. I had written a very extensive plan, which was basically like fitting all the pieces of a puzzle together, so I thought it was going to be easy. However, I found that after I’d spent so much time on my plan, I was extremely unmotivated to write anything, so I spent a lot longer on it than I wanted to.
My submission is in January, so I still have just under a month to finish. I have finished my first draft and am now working on the feedback I have been given. So far, I haven’t stressed out too much about it surprisingly. My biggest advice would definitely be to set yourself your own targets and make the effort to manage your time well, as this has helped me massively.