Writing a good dissertation takes more than research. It lies in how well you can expound your arguments, how you clear counterarguments and how attentive you are to detail. Finally, follow every rule and guideline your professors gave you for the best results.

The professors who read your college papers are like a jury. They listen very keenly at your first few lines. If the arguments are valid, you will probably get a pass in the project. If your opening statements feel vague to committee, they will probably not pay much attention to the rest of your paper. As a student therefore, treat this project with the high quality it deserves. And if you are not sure of what the standards you need to maintain, read the guide below.

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Make Clear and precise arguments

If your objective is to stand out from the rest of your colleagues, stand out in how you make arguments. Be clear as possible. State your main topic clearly, and add your supporting arguments clearly and precisely. Avoid vagueness in the process, and steer clear of general terms you found as you did your research. In most cases, college professors are usually more interested in how well you can argue your points rather than how great your research area sounds. With that in mind, also anticipate possible counterarguments and address them in a way that makes all your points clear to everyone.

Before you commence your project, you need a suitable topic. There are numerous areas of life you could research about while in college, but the goal should be to narrow down all possible ideas into a straightforward, suitable topic. Review your interests carefully therefore, look at possible complications, ambiguities and settle down for the topic you found most suitable. Keep in mind that your chosen topic should have at least two sections; one that explain what it is to argue and enough support for your argument. Again, take down notes as you finalize your arguments and ideas. It is common to forget great argument points that could make a change in the flow of your paper, but you don’t have to.

A good dissertation shouldn’t be written in a question format. It should instead have an argument side of it, without which you have nothing to write about. Writing, for example, “why is still illiteracy a problem in the 21st century?” can’t be a good expository essay for the simple fact that it is not an argument. Rephrasing the question list several ideas for your arguments wouldn’t do justice to your college paper either. You need to create some tension with your topic, and let your audience get attracted to read what you have to offer them.

One reason why many college students fail in important essays is because of how they base their arguments. You are writing a dissertation after all and not a moral argument. If you say, for example, “illiteracy in less developed countries is rampant because of evil leaders and stupid cultures,” you will probably raise more questions than necessary. Some of the professors who read your paper will probably get mad at you for your arguments. And when you begin to anger people instead of wow them with your arguments, your paper will be in vain.