Can You Really Write A Dissertation From Scratch In 24 Hours?
Not something in the to-do list of most masters students or PhD scholars.
As someone that’s been a Masters and PhD thesis help for over a decade, this question had me thinking.
The answer is, yes, you can. But it needs a lot of things done beforehand. Like, if you are someone that is starting the process of PhD dissertation topic selection, nope.
To test my theory, I took up a mock challenge and wrote a mock dissertation paper, actually a first draft of an ongoing research, but hey with only 24 hours every draft you do is your final draft. Here’s how I went about it in a systematic way. In the following passages, I will share with you my mantra for writing dissertation in a day, although this may not result in your best shot, it could still do the job.
Of course, the following methods come with a disclaimer, it doesn’t guarantee 100% results nor is it suitable for everyone. Some of you are well off with a dissertation less PhD courses.
One must have total mastery of the following skills to achieve this task
- Fast typing
- Thorough knowledge of their result
- Academic writing skills
- Great music to keep them going
First thing first, Shortcut
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You have done your research and for some reason you find yourself in this unique position. Most people will simply give up and already be planning the next attempt. But giving your best shot, no matter the situation, is something for winners. Whatever happens, not giving and giving your best shot in the given time, probably won’t make up for your best dissertation at this point, but will definitely make up for great memories and the attitude alone will take you places. Believing you can do it is the first step in anything, as it is the case here too. Remember, if not for the last minute, nothing ever gets done.
Plan Your Time:
Best thing about having only 24 hours is, you know you don’t have any time to procrastinate anymore and anyway. Also, it’s easy to plan 24 hours than it is to plan 24 weeks. Like, duh, and with so less time all you will do is write, write, write. But the planning is about what to write and when. First step here is to set time to organize the materials both study and otherwise. Then set short deadlines and complete them. Keep moving with the time plan even if it means leaving certain sections incomplete. Set a time at the end to finish the incomplete parts. Another important point to remember is, finish the easier parts first. But leave out introduction and conclusion to the end. This will come in handy.
The most important part once you have the right attitude to take on the challenge is to organize. Begin with organizing materials according to the time-table you have set. This means knowing which study part you’ll need and what other materials that will be required and when. A quick visualization may help. Also, remember to keep essentials like coffee at the go.
Duh, you knew this was coming. Once you have planned your time and organized your work environment, start writing. Write from your heart. Do not think, just write. Have your research and results by heart or visible from your table. Do not stop writing unless, you for a short scheduled a break. Keep going. You’ll be required to write around 100 – 200 pages. So don’t stop till you are done.
Don’t Overthink or Get Bogged Down:
You are well aware of this at this point in your life now. Overthinking is stressful and counter-productive. So is getting stuck in a topic or reading at this point for you. Remember the wise words ‘be like water, my friend’. Keep flowing, in this case.
Friends For Life:
For some of you, it may very well be possible that your predicament is because of your circle. But that doesn’t mean they won’t help you in time of your need. Ask a friend to assist you with your masters or PhD dissertation. If they are layman, they can still help you with other stuff like buy you food, check up on you, provide you with moral support, and edit and proofread, if you think they are up to the task. Use every human resource skillfully.
This is totally up to how and what you eat. Make sure you have enough to keep going but not too much to make you fall asleep
Following what’s given above and being mindful while typing the dissertation and with a bit of above average typing speed may result in a successful paper. What’s not given here and what’s a given in your situation is you don’t get to sleep. A short 15 minutes power nap every 4 or 5 hours may help. So, do include that when you are scheduling your time.
Do write to us if you ever happen to write a dissertation in 24 hours and if what I said here helped.
Dissertation due in 3 days and only on 10% word count
Yes I am an idiot. I have three days to finish my 10000 word dissertation and I’m not even half way through the first chapter.
The reason I am in this situation is because of anxiety making it difficult for me to concentrate (Sometimes I have to read things over and over for it to go in) and depression killing my motivation. I’ve been using Modafinil, which has helped a bit with concentration but clearly not enough. I’ve already had an extension as my dad was diagnosed with cancer and that has affected me pretty badly, but I’m still probably not going to finish it. I can’t really push the deadline back any further as I have another essay to do, then exams right after that (also they may not even allow another extension). My mark average is about 66 so it would be a shame if all that hard work went to waste because of the diss (which doesn’t even have to be that good to get a 2:1 overall as it’s worth %20).
What would you do in my situation? Am I totally fucked? What are my options?
Edit: Couldn’t do it. I applied for an extension so if I don’t get that I am fucked. If it wasn’t for family, at this point I’d probably just shoot myself
As someone that completed my dissertation in 3 days whilst suffering severe depression, on the brink of dropping out of uni and handed that bastard in last Friday, you’re not fucked just yet.
The method I went about for mine was starting on the parts I felt most confident in talking about. My dissertation was for comp sci and the results of my final year project, requiring the following: Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review, Technical Documentation, Project Management, Conclusion, Bibliography.
I started on technical documentation and went forward from there, since those were the easiest parts to talk about in just describing what I did. The intro and literature review was hell since it’s just about being fancy with words and finding fuck loads of sources.
First 2 days I was taking 30min break every 2-3hrs and 2hr power napping every 6hrs, the final 24 hrs was no sleep and pure caffeine induced madness right up to the deadline.
You’re gonna feel like shit and you won’t have time to properly check you work for grammatical or spelling errors, but it can be done. Start where you feel most confident and hopefully try to snowball from there.
Thank you, this made me feel like it is actually possible. I’ll try your 2-3 hours will 20 minutes break regimen today
On the spelling and grammatical error front, when I was in a similar position I paid up for a month of Grammarly and ran my work through it. Didn’t take long to check them for basic errors and wording problems, and it was worth the cost to save me hours of trying to proofread when I was too ill to concentrate.
Hey man, I was exsctly the same boat as you, i had 8-10k words due for my diss and I started it last minute as well
I could and should have done it earlier, call it laziness or cockiness but I didnt give myself enough time and thought I could do it within a few days. I stressed about it and kept putting it off but ultimately the only way to do it is to just fucking start writing. I bought a big punnet of fruit, big packet of jaffa cakes and a 4-pack of red bull – every 500 words I did was rewarded with fruit and 1000 got me a jaffa cake, I ended up staying awake to finish it from Thursday morning until the Friday 4pm hand in.
It was absolute hell and the recovery on friday evening and saturday was hard, but sometimes the means justifies the ends, you have to realise that you are about to have the worst 3 days of your life (so far – insert Simpsons Movie reference) but thats the position you’re in and it sucks.
Now here’s my real advice – as soon as its done, TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT IT! A friend, relative, personal tutor, maybe your uni has a therapist/psychiatrist they provide for students. I didn’t and when it came to my next assessment a couple weeks later I had a massive breakdown the night before and didn’t submit it in time, you need to have this conversation with someone real, not some twats on Reddit.
Only you know if you can do this disso in the next 3 days, but it’s certainly possible if you’re willing to work your fucking arse off from now till then.
Thanks for your comment. To be honest (as another comment pointed out) of course an element of this is just laziness. People with depression and anxiety achieve all sorts of things. Like you, there was nothing physically stopping me from doing this earlier. Although I would say it is a lot harder when you are constantly wanting to kill yourself. People tend to give up easily when they’re in that pit of despair and don’t think there’s even any point in trying anymore.
I have been in therapy before but it didn’t change a whole lot. I think after I’m done with my essay due the week after my diss and my exams I’ll try going back and getting medication etc. I have people I can talk to during that time as well.
Man I wish I wasn’t such a mess
Not much in the way of advice but I wrote my whole diss in 3 days and got 68 so you can definitely do it. The most important thing is just to get words on paper, try not to overthink it.
How did you do it in terms of organization? I gave myself a week to write a term paper of about 4,000 words. I read and summarized so many papers – approximately 55 sitting in endnote, but I fear I may have gone overboard and got myself into analysis paralysis where I had so much info I just wasnt sure where to begin. Me being my ridiculous self wont turn anything in when it’s less than perfect despite losing points for late hand ins.
Think about it this way: if you don’t hand in your diss and you have to do one of those substitute papers/tests, max you can get is a 40 (assuming all unis work the same). As long as you can get above a 40, it’s better than not handing in anything at all.
It is doable, it is going to be hell and a lot of caffeine/energy drinks tho. If you can, just get yourself on track. If you can, find the loneliest place in the library bring all your munchies with you and crack on. Is your diss 20 or more credits? If it’s only 20 credits you can fail it and still be able to graduate with a decent grade, especially if your uni uses the cascade system. Also, you already have special circumstances so when it comes to marks they will round it up in your favor. You need to just start putting words on paper ASAP. I have always thought it’s better to submit something rather than nothing cus you never know. Good luck with that!
It’s worth 40/120 unfortunately. If I get 50 I’ll definitely be good for a 2:1, but even that’s going to be tough.
I might be able to extend it until after my exams (as I finish them very early) so I’ll try applying for that. It’s not even like I have the whole thing worked out and just need to write it, I’m still structuring it as I go so getting words down is slow.
I’m not a doctor or anything, but in my personal experience, modafinil causes me a lot of anxiety. The tradeoff may not be worth it.
In any case, good luck finishing your dissertation and make sure to take a break from the stuff afterwards!
There is an increase for sure but the concentration increase outweighs that massively. As long as I don’t need to leave the house I’m fine on it
Thanks. I can’t really take a break. I have a 3000 word essay due the week after then my first of three exams 3 days after that. I can feel a mental breakdown on the horizon aha
Not only did I leave my dissertation writing to the last minute, but I was an idiot who chose to do a double major – meaning I had to write TWO dissertations last minute, alongside other essays that were due. I did all of them in a week through sheer willpower (no tea or coffee!) & a boatload of mindmapping (YMMV according to your preferred method, though).
Part of my issue was perfectionism, alongside my anxiety, self sabotage & depression, so being able to get something ANYTHING down on paper (in terms of mad brainstorm scribbles) really helped me get the ball rolling. Once I had begun to build up my structure & thoughts that way, it was easier to open the floodgates to the next essays. If your mind starts to wander though, at least get 2-3 bullet points down on paper before you take your break (so you can get back into the flow easily). I also found the Write or Die website really useful for just typing everything out without distractions (if it’s not feasible for you to turn off WiFi altogether (you’re still researching etc), at least turn off your phone whilst using WorD so it works effectively). Also be prepared with enough paper to cycle through typing & writing when your hands start cramping up lol.
Of course you should rest right after you’re done but, once you have your bearings again, I strongly recommend taking stock of the things that you could have done better if you had just had more time. Often we just want to celebrate the fact that it’s over but, if you only ‘reward’ yourself then that just encourages your brain to put you in the exact same procrastination situation next time. Which I’m sure you don’t want, lol. I also agree with involving someone after – feeling like someone else will hold you accountable (even if it’s your uni counsellor being paid to listen) will help too.
If all else fails, just come back & reread this thread the next time you feel like procrastinating, lol. Good luck!