The situation is all too familiar: you are finally reaching the home stretch of your graduate school experience and have to face the reality of needing to complete an information security dissertation in order to earn your master’s degree. You thought you would be mentally prepared for this moment, but find that you are in need of some serious help. So here is an easy manual for completing a great master’s information security dissertation:
There is no reason why you should try to overly-impress your advisor or the graduate committee by choosing a computer security dissertation topic that is simply unmanageable. Always write on a topic that falls between being too narrow or too broad.
There are so many tasks you will need to complete as you go that it is to your advantage to create a detailed long-term plan. Start with your due date and work backwards, giving yourself ample time to complete each task as well as some time for personal time off from your work.
If you spent the time developing a long-term plan, then you should have made yourself responsible for conducting your research as early as possible. This improves your chances of locating all of your necessary resources before someone else with a similar topic can snatch them up.
When you get started with your first draft do not stop to think too deeply about finding precise words that explain your ideas. Just write what comes to you first and never double-back to make corrections. The best approach is to be as efficient as possible, because you can make your fixes later.
You can save some valuable time if you start making your revisions to each section as you go. You shouldn’t, however, skip the dedicated phase that comes before you make edits and proofread the final copy. You need to spend as much time thoroughly making revisions, but if you can get a head start all the better.
And the last step, of course, is editing and proofreading. This is where you ensure your writing is clear and concise, and that you have corrected every mistake you are likely to have made in grammar, spelling, and punctuation over the course of several months’ worth of drafts.
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