5 vital rules to help you survive your thesis

There is a lot of pressure on you when start your thesis. You know that to complete your thesis that it will take a lot of time and effort. You also know that to date this will be your most important piece of written work and that it will have an impact on future employment.

Apart from the obvious pressures and time constraints you need to make sure that you take steps to survive your thesis. To do this, the following vital rules will be able to see you through the process and emerge out of it feeling a sense of achievement rather than feeling like you have been run over by a steam roller.


  • Make sure you have all of the information you need in order to prepare and complete the proposal of your work.
  • If you are not sure of the focus of your work then, arrange a time to discuss with your professor at the earliest opportunity.
  • Before you meet with your professor, take some time to make a few notes about some of your ideas, ideally email them prior to the meeting.
  • It is also worth talking to other students about your work focus, they more your talk about it, the more tangible your ideas will become.


  • Ideally you need to be looking work produced by other people. Your professor may have been able to give you some examples.
  • If you need some more examples, they go along to your school library and ask for some advice on locating a few appropriate examples.
  • Preferably you need examples of work that has been marked, even better if they are annotated.
  • Look for examples that are representative of average, poor and exceptionally good work.


  • This is the part where you need to acknowledge some significant dates, such as when you need to have your proposal completed.
  • Enter all of the important dates in your diary. Ideally arrange to complete each stage a day or two before incase of any unforeseeable hitches..
  • If you have any difficulties with organization, it may be a good idea to make an appointment with a learning support tutor.
  • Make sure that you have added to you diary any important family events so as you don’t make milestones for or around those dates.

Time for you

  • In your diary, make time not just for family, but also for friends. It is very important to be able to have ‘down time’.
  • Make sure that part of your ‘down time’ is taking some exercise like walking or swimming, as it surprising how it refreshes your mind.
  • Part of making time for you is using a project diary. Dedicate a note book to adding all of your ideas, and then they are all in one place.
  • Use your work time wisely. If you are conducting an internet search for documents then stay focused and set time limits.

Hire a Proofreader

  • Even if you feel that you are a very capable proof reader the chances are that you have been part of your work for so long that you will miss errors.
  • You may find that one of your friends has the right skills to read through your work, let them do a read, but always have a professional back up.
  • Remember that you don’t just need a light proofread you will need, deep proofreading and editing. You will know your work is the best.
  • One of your friends may be able to recommend someone to proofread and edit for you, it is a worthwhile expenditure.