Is it possible to write a thesis without a literature review?

Short answer: No, it’s not possible to write a thesis without a literature review. The literature review is an essential part of your thesis, and it helps you to situate your research within the existing body of knowledge on your topic. Plus, without a literature review, your supervisor is likely to tell you to go back and do one!Understand that doing research is entering a debate When you sit down to write a literature review, the first thing to do is to understand that you are entering a certain conversation. In order to contribute to that conversation, you need to…

Thesis Writing Mistakes You Must Avoid

A dissertation embodying the outcome of original research and especially substantiating a specific view, one written by a candidate for an academic degree. 2a: a proposition to be proved or one advanced without proof: a hypothesis. A thesis statement makes a promise to the reader about the scope, purpose, and direction of the paper. It summarizes the conclusions that the writer has reached about the topic. A thesis statement is generally located near the end of the introduction. To write a fool-proof thesis, there are certain thesis writing mistakes that students must avoid. Table of Contents How Should you start writing…

Time Blocking for Thesis Writing

If you’re like me, you probably have a million things on your to-do list and never feel like you have enough time to get everything done. But what if I told you that there is a way to make more time for the things that are important to you? Time blocking is a time management technique that can help you make the most of your time and get more done in less time. In this blog post, I’ll share with you some tips on how to time block. What is time blocking? Time blocking is a time management technique that…

How to write the introduction section of your thesis?

You want to write a perfect introduction to your thesis? Great! Because the introduction may be one of the most important but also most overlooked areas of your thesis or research paper. Here, I present you an easy to remember formula to craft perfect introduction sections!

Resolving conflict with thesis supervisor

Methods for resolving conflicts with your thesis supervisor

Before joining the industry, graduate school is a great place to learn how to manage conflict with your thesis supervisor effectively. Mastering this skill is a great way to improve interpersonal and communication abilities. In addition, by developing this ability, a person constructs a foundation for handling future conflicts that may arise. Master’s graduates make every effort to avoid conflicts with their thesis supervisors. However, with time, they learn that conflicts are unavoidable with their supervisor. A conflict between a thesis supervisor and Master’s graduates may start when the supervisor demands more rounds of data collection and research work instead…

Where to write your thesis?

Study after study shows that if you put the person in the right environment, that a lot may change. So we change the context, then a lot more changes. Next time you have unproductive thoughts like the above, check whether there is something in your work environment that you might be able to change. Is there something that needs to be optimized?

Time and Energy Management

Effective Energy and Time Management Strategies for Thesis Writing

Writing a thesis is surely exciting. Why wouldn’t it be? You are about to enter a whole new world at the end of your long journey of studying and thesis writing. These feelings can get dampened by the struggles that come along the way as you start writing your thesis. Worry not, it’s something you can overcome. With the right effective time management strategies, thesis writing is going to be a rewarding experience. And what’s more: these learnings and the habits that you create in this time, will be available to you for the rest of your life!

The one habit to master: Write daily.

To Complete Your Thesis Writing, You Must Develop This Habit

Thesis writing is no joke. Completing your thesis is not a 3-day task. It requires months of consistent work to be able to meet the deadline you have set for yourself. Are you worried about meeting the deadline and completing your thesis writing? Building a habit to write daily is the most crucial step to completing your thesis writing on time. 

Interest vs. Reputation for choosing your thesis topic

If you know what you want, this is already a privilege. Make use of it (but at the same time, it is also important to keep in mind that reputation and interest are not mutually exclusive.)

Workload of thesis writing

What’s the workload for writing a thesis?

Often, people think that writing a master’s thesis is easy. However, this is not always the case. In fact, it can be one of the more difficult things to do in your studies and, actually, your early life. There are a number of factors that go into writing a great thesis: choosing the right topic, researching it thoroughly, and writing an effective argument. Fortunately, with the help of a good mentor and some helpful tips, these challenges can be overcome.

Building a prolific writing practice

Building a prolific (academic) writing practice

Course summary “Building your prolific academic writing practice” is a course designed to help you build a successful and sustainable writing practice—and thereby support the foundation of any academic career. We all know that academics are, first of all, writers. And yet, if we take an honest look at our schedules, evidence for this is hard to find. This is problematic, as academic careers are hugely dependent on our publication output and, therefore, our writing process. This course has been made “by academic, for academics” and the teachings are equally applicable to students, academics, and technical writers across the domains. We know…

Ultimate Guide to writing your thesis in 4 weeks

Ultimate Guide to Writing your thesis in 4 weeks

In this guide, we present a list of principles, activities, and steps that will help you to write your thesis at Bachelor’s or Master’s level in four weeks. Table of Contents Can a thesis be realistically be written within 4 weeks?Principles for productive thesis writingPrinciple 1: Think 80:20Principle 2: The best thesis is a done thesisWhat does this mean for you and your thesis?Principle 3: Full accountabilityBonus principles: Motivation & Well-beingActivitiesWrite dailyTherefore: Write.Do you really need to write that much? Research papers are usually quite short, right? Get feedback on your workFollow a guideSteps & MilestonesAsk a well-defined research questionAction…

Automated transcription to speed up online course creation

Automated transcription to speed up online course creation

transcribing, and editing, or simply because you use the edited transcript as a script for your teleprompter recording. Additionally, this text can be used to create study guides and quizzes, or even embedded directly into your course website. In short, transcription services can help ensure that your course content is accurate and easy to understand, making the process of creating an online course simpler and more efficient.

Crafting the perfect thesis statement

How to Craft the Perfect Thesis Statement for your Academic Paper

A thesis statement is an important element of an academic paper or thesis at any level, at it guides both the reader and the author. Technically, it is the sentence or two that states the main idea of your thesis or dissertation. Without a thesis statement, your paper may ramble on and on without a clean point and you take the risk of losing the reader. From a productivity point of view, you also risk producing lots of vague and unnecessary text fragments, because you as a writer lack the focus a concise thesis statement could give you.

Handling the peer-review process

Handling the peer-review process

Table of Contents Can you publish your Master thesis in an academic journal?The Challenge: The Peer-Review processMy workflow for handling revisions and getting my papers acceptedStep 1: Access the reviewers’ commentsStep 2: Prepare the document for peer-reviewStep 3: Peer-Review TriageStep 4: AnswerStep 5: Clean up the revision document Can you publish your Master thesis in an academic journal? Submitting a finished thesis to an academic journal is not a pathway that many consider. However, my experience shows that this is perfectly possible. Not only have I published my own Master thesis as a journal article, but I have helped many…

teaching philosophy

My Teaching Philosophy

In this outline of my teaching philosophy, I answer three questions: How do I perceive the role of teaching? What are the goals of my teaching? How do I aim to achieve these goals?

Research Topic Mini-course

Not sure how to approach your thesis and how to arrive at a topic that’s right for you?

In this interactive mini-course we will guide you through the most important tips and questions. You can participate directly and actively-at the end we’ll be happy to send you input so you don’t forget anything.

Adams (1990): Journal to the Self (Book Notes)

These are my notes for the book “Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth – Open the Door to Self-Understanding by Writing, Reading, and Creating a Journal of Your Life” by Kathleen Adams. Table of Contents Section 1: OverviewSection 2: Notes on journaling as a therapistSection 3: Notes about helpful tips for journalingLast section: Sign-off Section 1: Overview The book “Journal to the Self” by Kathleen Adams is structured into 4 major sections. For these notes, I will focus on section 1 only, as sections 3 and 4 are rather specific and I did not learn much from…

Dyck (2016): Beyond Satisfaction (Book Notes)

These are my notes for the book “Beyond Satisfaction: The Secret to Crafting a Profitable Online Course That Will Change Lives” by Breanne Dyck. Table of Contents Section 1: OverviewSection 2: Notes on (Non-)EngagementSection 3: Notes on the Target AudienceSection 4: Some workflow based on the bookFinal Section: Sign-Off Section 1: Overview The book “Beyond Satisfaction: The Secret to Crafting a Profitable Online Course That Will Change Lives” by Breanne Dyck is about user experience as a key factor for online courses. It is written from the perspective of a higher-ed teacher entering the online course business. It’s a super-short…

the basis of everything: track your time

Time-tracking: The basis for productivity in academic work

Many people live their lives without ever realizing the importance of being accountable for their time. There are those who believe that life goes on as it always does, but those who know better understand that this is not the case. We all have the same 24 hours in a day and we need to make sure we make them count. This is also true for academics—actually, it is even truer for them. How so? The problem with academic work is that it is highly non-linear. Your input does not translate into a more or less guaranteed output that you…


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