A thesis / dissertation has a set number of rules and conditions, all of which meet at the end to define your research objective. One of the biggest problems in thesis writing is not understanding this goal sufficiently. Another problem is going it alone, or feeling like you have to. Certain questions arise when you write your thesis, all of which can impact negatively upon your final grade:
Am I on the right track with my Literature Review or Discussion chapters?
Is there a lack of structure, and coherence, to my arguments?
Are my introduction and conclusion sections or chapters robust or clear enough?
Do my findings provide a suitable comparison and contrast to previous findings?
Is there too much repetition, or waffle, or both?
We deal with all types of thesis and dissertation - Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD, from a variety of Irish university sectors, from the Arts and Humanities to the Social Sciences, and from the Business world to the Medical/Pharmaceutical world. We also help students involved in a range of subjects within Science.
Below are some of the most common errors we will look for and fix:
Typographical, punctuation, grammatical, and spelling errors
Tense agreement; consistent past, present, and future
Incorrect fonts/font sizes and spacing issues
Sentence length problems; clear, short sentences are better in most cases
Filler sentences and/or irrelevant sections
Repetition and repeated use/overuse of terms and phrases
Fix the flow of the thesis, making sure your sentences move your argument along from section to section, with no jarring or abrupt "second level" lead ins and lead outs.
Casual tone; a more academic tone is best
Bibliography and reference style inconsistency (Harvard, APA, Chicago, OSCOLA etc.)
Formatting problems: spacing, Table of Contents, margins, graphs, figures and tables alignment and consistency, aesthetics.