So its Dissertation season for most of you undergraduate students and masters students. Now we know that many of you will most probably have an idea in your head and you’ve probably sat down with your supervisor to discuss these but we’re here to give you some tips that just might get you that distinction. Within this post we will discuss the 3 tips on how you can choose the right dissertation topic and get the best grade possible.
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Follow your passion
Now this may sound very obvious but many psychology students actually don’t know what they want to do for their dissertation and almost rely totally on their supervisor to give them a project. This is absolutely ridiculous as majority of the time this leads to students conducting research they’re not interested in. We receive so many messages from psych students asking us for advice around different research topics and we can tell which ones they are genuinely passionate about and the ones that have been forced upon them.
PsychAssist Tip: Follow your passion. Have a think about what you find interesting and see if that’s a viable option. This is what makes psychology such an amazing subject as you can pretty much research anything. I remember one psych students conducted some research on gender differences on safe sex….and the results where shocking.
Choose your supervisor wisely
We cannot stress this point enough. Choose your supervisor wisely as this could be the difference between a 1st and 2:1 (or even 2:2 in some cases). I remember during my undergraduate degree, I didn’t have the most available supervisor within the university. This made the whole experience even more difficult and honestly I didn’t achieve the grade I knew I was capable of getting at that level. This is why we emphasise that you choose your supervisor wisely.
PsychAssist Tip: Spend some time getting to know the interests of some of your lecturers as this will give you some idea of who you would like to supervise you. The ones who receive the highest grades for their dissertation are the ones who speak with many lecturers to get to know them and then choosing who the right fit is for them.
Reach out to experts
The final point that we wanted to make was for psych students to reach out to experts within the field you are interested in. This can give you a huge insight into up and coming research and even gain some direction from an expert. Trust me, there’s no worse feeling of conducting research and finding out that someone else has just published some research that is exactly the same as your project. This is why we always advise students to get in touch with experts to see where the gaps are and where you can add to the body of research.
PsychAssist Tip: Get in touch with experts via social media. This has proven exceptionally fruitful by using LinkedIn. We have spoken to many psych students that had a slight interest in a topic so they got in contact with an expert. This followed with engaging in interesting conversations, which ultimately lead them to a breakthrough in their research and in turn, a really good grade. This is why we strongly recommend connecting with experts on LinkedIn and asking for a little bit of help.
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