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Can you do your dissertation in a week

Writing a Dissertation in 2 Weeks – Myth or Reality?

One of the biggest challenges that a student will face in their academic career is writing their dissertation. If you thought producing standard essays was a challenge, then just wait until you are faced with a dissertation! Students are required to produce an extended piece of writing based on a research topic of their choosing. It differs from a regular essay in that it features several chapters and appendices and that it is often required to presented as a professionally bound piece of work. The length of a dissertation varies from one university to the next, and even within different areas of study, but you can expect to be asked to write somewhere in the region of 10,000 to 30,000 words. As you have probably realised by now, this is a project that is going to dominate a large percentage of your time over the course of several months. However, there are those who say that it is not necessary to spend so much time on it and that a dissertation can be written within as little as 2 weeks. We thought we would take a closer look to see if this is actually possible, or if it is a college myth!

Is 2 Weeks Really Long Enough?

When you consider the importance of a dissertation and the fact that it can be the difference between obtaining your degree and not, the question is not so much can you write a dissertation in 2 weeks, but should you? Students are known for being masters of procrastination, but with something this important it probably isn’t a great idea to leave it to the last minute. We would always advise getting started on your dissertation as early as possible in order to produce your best possible piece of work.

Is it Possible to Write A Dissertation in 2 Weeks?

However, just because something is not advisable that doesn’t necessarily mean that it cannot be done! If you find yourself in the situation where you only have a few weeks left then there is no point in telling you that you should have started sooner! For whatever reason, you only have two weeks left, so all you can do is use that time wisely. It is possible to achieve it, but it is going to take 2 solid weeks of hard work and planning with zero procrastination!

How to Write Your Dissertation in 2 Weeks

If you are going to write your dissertation in 2 weeks, then the first step is creating a solid plan. You will need to divide up your time in order to make sure you do everything that you have to do, so the best place to start is writing a to do list of all of the tasks that relate to your dissertation. You are going to need to allow the last 2 days for printing and binding your finished piece of work, so that leaves you 12 days for research and writing. Let’s break that down in manageable chunks using the following tips.

  • Start of by allocating the first 2 or 3 days to some intensive research. Collect all of your materials in these first few days and start making notes in preparation for actually writing your dissertation.
  • With your research out of the way you will need to set yourself a daily target. Assuming that you are completing a 10,000 word essay you can divide your word count up over the next 9 days. That;s just over 1,000 words per day – or 1,111 to be exact! Writing 1,000 words a day seems like it is much more manageable than 10,000 in 9 days, doesn’t it?
  • The best time to write is first thing in the morning. Try to get into the habit of getting up and writing your 1,000 words straight away. That leaves you the rest of the day for additional research, proofreading and editing.
  • Don’t limit yourself to 1,000 words per day. If you are really in the flow of writing your dissertation then keep on going with it. It’s not unrealistic to be able to write 2,000 words in a day if you are in the zone. This will allow you to finish writing earlier, or make up for those days when you really struggle to make your target!
  • At the end of your 9 days you should have your 10,000 words and you still have a day left over to proofread and edit before printing and binding your finished dissertation!

Writing a dissertation in 2 weeks is not the recommended way to tackle this important assignment, but it is possible if you find yourself with no other choice. Don’t forget, that if you are struggling to keep up with your schedule, then you could also turn to a professional Dissertation Writing Service .

Is it possible to do a dissertation in 13 days!?

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Just Looking for some advice really… so my dissertation is due in 13 days! it had ot be between 8,000 to 10,000 words long and i have only wrote about 2000 words! I know I should have started sooner.. but its been a tough year! I had glandular fever, my grandad passed away, my nan went into hospital and i have recently been diagnosed with depression… but well despite all that I jut want to get it done and graduate so I dont have to worry and can get on with my life as its really getting me down and stressing me out! problems is im tired all the time since having glandular fever and really struggling to focus or write! I know lots about what I want to talk about, have done research etc but just cant seem to get the words down I either have writers block or end up over analysing what im writein and dleting it or getting stuck becauei dont kno how i wantto phrase it correctly.. now i know i should just get it down so i can redraft but i really struggle with that as i have always been over critical of my self and is a hard habit to change! Everytime i think about it i start panicking or getting upset because the deadlines fast approaching and that really doesnt help but i cant help it! has anyone got any advice, tips or managed to do it in that time frame or something similar?? It would be much appreciated! thanks x

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I’m sure there are quite a few TSR people who have done 2000+ word essays the night before (I know I have). First do a plan of your dissertation. what you need to include, in what order and how many words. Then do your reading for about 4 or 5 days, and then 1000 words a day. It’s certainly manageable.

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couldn’t you ask for an extension due to extenuating circumstances?? (or is this deadline the extension?) I’ve written a 4000word essay in one night once..I know it’s not a dissertation but that is half your min word limit right? maybe try and commit yourself to writing 1,000 words a day? Also if you can’t focus in your room, go to the park, the library/kitchen etc try different places Good luck!!

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Yeah, its do able but only if you have your research done. My dissertation was 8,000 words and I did it in about 3 weeks

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I know this isn’t helpful and I usually wouldn’t do this, but I can’t help but feel frustrated.

Can’t you ask for an extension or something. This is pretty much the last note on your academic life, do you not want to do is justice or take pride in it?

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I remember by the end of the last semester I’d stupidly landed myself in a position where I needed to write 5,000 words (cumulative, from parts of 3 essays that needed doing) in 2 and a half days. I managed it with a few hours spare and got 74 in one essay, 71 in another and 67 in the final one. I’d definitely say that it’s therefore possible to write 8,000-10,000 in 13 days, though it will need to be much better researched than my mere essays, and I’m sure you’ll be knackered by the end Best of luck

Edit: I should also mention a friend of mine who finished her dissertation (14,000 words) with a week to spare . and then her computer crashed and the file was corrupted. She rewrote the whole thing in 7 days

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Just Looking for some advice really… so my dissertation is due in 13 days! it had ot be between 8,000 to 10,000 words long and i have only wrote about 2000 words! I know I should have started sooner.. but its been a tough year! I had glandular fever, my grandad passed away, my nan went into hospital and i have recently been diagnosed with depression… but well despite all that I jut want to get it done and graduate so I dont have to worry and can get on with my life as its really getting me down and stressing me out! problems is im tired all the time since having glandular fever and really struggling to focus or write! I know lots about what I want to talk about, have done research etc but just cant seem to get the words down I either have writers block or end up over analysing what im writein and dleting it or getting stuck becauei dont kno how i wantto phrase it correctly.. now i know i should just get it down so i can redraft but i really struggle with that as i have always been over critical of my self and is a hard habit to change! Everytime i think about it i start panicking or getting upset because the deadlines fast approaching and that really doesnt help but i cant help it! has anyone got any advice, tips or managed to do it in that time frame or something similar?? It would be much appreciated! thanks x

If you know what you want to write about then 13 days is plenty of time to write it up. It won’t be easy but dissertations never are no matter how early you start writing them! If you think of it as 750 words a day you’ll still have time to edit it at the end. Just write something and worry less about being perfect because something that gets an ok mark is better than nothing that means you fail. Write something then go back and edit it if you need to.

I’ve got another 6000ish to write of my dissertation (although the total is much longer than yours) Somedays I don’t feel able to do it or cant think what to write or think its all rubbish which is perfectly normal. I push through because I know if I don’t do it I will fail. Glandular fever is tough, I had it between 2nd and final year and it hit me hard. Was doing a very time intesenive course too (theatre) and coupled with past health issues I struggled at times. But apart from try to get an extension (and prolong the workload) or fail there isn’t much I could do except work as hard as I could manage and get it done.

Do you have a plan? If you haven’t got one then you should try to make a really detailed bullet point outline of your dissertations main points in a word doc and then go back and structure it into proper paragraphs. That’s what I do for essays.