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Complete Your Dissertation or Thesis in Two Semesters or Less

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This newly updated guide describes how to effectively and efficiently manage the dissertation or thesis process in two semesters or less. Written for doctoral and master's degree students enrolled in on-campus programs and students pursuing accelerated and online-based degree programs, this book demystifies the seemingly daunting process. From choosing a topic and advisor, ...more
Paperback, 121 pages
Published December 21st 2006 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Feb 19, 2014 Leanne rated it really liked it
I found the tips for setting up a schedule and outlining the dissertation structure really helpful. I don't think the overall timeline is realistic for engineering (our research takes much longer than a month since it takes time to set up and run many experiments and/or numerical models) but the idea/challenge that my entire dissertation could be written in 20 days is quite motivating.
Jul 27, 2014 Argum rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dissertation
This book was super helpful in making a dissertation seem possible to be done in a reasonable amount of time. There were lots of examples dealing with education as that is the author's background, but it was not a hindrance to it seeming helpful in other disciplines. While reading I was planning how to put the advice into practice. Lots of helpful sample forms to organize yourself instead of wasting time.
Jan 04, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
Looking for a terse, cynical guide to getting your final graduate paper done? Look no further! Ogden has produced a short, kind of angry, kind of funny guide to throwing up a thesis or dissertation in minimal time. Her strategy includes not obsessing over your work, setting really clear deadlines, and choosing a subject that is doable rather than one that interests you.

Honestly, I thought this book was really helpful and far more pragmatic than many of the more popular books on the subject.
Theryn Fleming
Ok, so this book's title is hilarious, but it got you to read it, right? Given university timelines that basically require you to be done an entire semester before defending, there is zero chance anyone is completing their dissertation in two semesters (or less!). That said, one of the best pieces of advice in this book is to decide when you want to graduate and work backwards to create a timeline. That'll light a fire under ya. There are also some good ideas for structuring your research propos ...more
Feb 09, 2009 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: academia
-full of info about "data collection" and "using statistics."
-convinced that dissertations should be 100 pages??!! (on what planet?)
-otherwise has some interesting ideas about focusing on what really needs to get done, doing it, doing just enough to be good enough and getting out

Ultimately, I'm not convinced that anyone in my field could get through a dissertation in 2 semesters unless s/he had already planned the topic, theories & methods while still in course work.
Mar 28, 2009 Alex rated it liked it
A quick read with some useful advice. You can pick and choose which sections to read, as not all may be relevant to you at your stage of degree. However, I get the impression that Ogden's program was far less demanding than my own. The requirements of study and time invested for me, and knowledge of methodology, require far more than two semester, or event two years. However, granting that two semester is a ridiculous underestimate, the remaining advice still applies.
Jul 24, 2011 Stephen rated it liked it

Very good, general overview of dissertation process.
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