101 tips for planning, writing and surviving your dissertation

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101 dissertation tips – a friendly book packed full of tips, advice and wisdom for students who want help with study skills, organising your work and writing assignments – even if you’re not yet at the dissertation stage!

Described as an essential book for research candidates!

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What’s it all about?

Are you wondering how to start your research or dissertation journey, swimming through a sea of papers or looking for help knitting your discussion together? Do you need advice for getting the most out of your tutor or how to keep on track with your thinking, writing and analysis? What is critical analysis, in fact, and how do you do that while still having a life?

The 101 dissertation tips in this book cover a wide range of areas from how to create a good question and keywords to what to do when someone publishes a ground breaking new study on your topic the week before you’re due to submit your work. Written in an accessible, friendly style and seasoned with first-hand advice and comments from others who have trodden the path, this book combines sound, practical tips from an experienced academic with reminders of the value of creativity, chocolate and naps as investments in your work.

Dr Sara Wickham has written three dissertations of her own, served as the editor of three professional journals and authored fifteen books. She also lectures internationally. This book draws upon Sara’s experience of midwifing hundreds of people on their research journeys.


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I also shared a sneaky peek at a few of the tips on my blog before it was published if you’d like to get a flavour of the kind of things in the book:

Use headings to help you find your way … Dissertation Tip 51

Vary your language … Dissertation Tip 55

If you get bored, get creative … Dissertation Tip 72

Don’t reference Wikipedia! … Dissertation Tip 102

Proofread what you’ve written … Dissertation Tip 103


A Few Frequently Asked Questions

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This book is available from Amazon UK, Amazon Australia, Amazon.com, Amazon France, Germany, Canada, India, Italy, Mexico, or SpainIt’s also available in the Kindle store and 101 Tips for Planning, Writing and Surviving Your Dissertation is now available on Kobo – click here!

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The recommended retail price is £10 in the UK.


Is it just for undergraduates?

Not at all. Those doing higher degrees may have encountered some of the ideas and tips before. But it’s a hand-crafted book which includes lots of stories and experiences. Lots of post-grad students love it.


Is it just for midwives?

No. There are lots of midwifery examples, because that’s my field. But I have also supported and supervised people undertaking research in other areas. These are as wide-ranging as medicine, engineering, women’s studies, statistics, philosophy, education, nursing, travel and tourism, psychology, science, anthropology, information studies and epidemiology. And (with permission, of course) I’ve shared a few examples from some of their experiences too.


Is it just for people writing dissertations?

Actually, although that is the main focus, a lot of the tips relate to study skills, writing, thinking about questions, working with tutors and other elements of academic work. And  that may be just as useful earlier or later in your academic career. So it’s useful if you’re a pre-dissertation student or are thinking of becoming a student. Or if you have been a student and are writing up research in a different way now. Also, I’m aware that a lot of people undertake undergraduate projects or extended literature reviews rather than traditional dissertations. I’ve covered that too.


Are the tips quite short?

No, these are not one-line tips. Many are article-length discussions on different areas. They’re juicy and in-depth and I hope, as my website tagline says, they will offer information, inspiration AND illumination!

Is it available on Kindle?

Yes, and you can order it here. It’s also on Kobo.


I’m really happy to have put together the best of what I’ve learned on my research and dissertation journeys and in the work that I have done midwifing others on their academic travels. I hope my ‘101 dissertation tips’ will help you on your own journey.