Why a good organization of your bachelor thesis is essential for their success
- Good organization means to make your bachelor thesis plannable
Organization is everything, says a common saying. As so often with proverbs, this one has a true core. Although a well thought-out organization does not replace the successful research or the rousing, cleverly structured text, it is nevertheless the tool that makes your bachelor thesis possible in the first place.
Organizing means making it plannable. In order to organize a bachelor thesis, a well-thought-out time management and reasonable working methods are required.
- The time planning for your bachelor thesis
For a timetable, it is helpful to subdivide his work steps. This could look like this: Research & collect material (2 weeks), create writing stimuli on the material (2 weeks), structure & writing concept (2 weeks), first draft and revision (6 weeks). In total, you would be dealing with it for 12 weeks. Of course, your organization can also include other, more differentiated work steps and allocate them to shorter time periods. But once your schedule is up, try to stick to it. If something does not work out within the timeframe, you need to modify your organization. On the one hand, a schedule will make you worry that you will not be able to handle your bachelor thesis in a timely manner, and on the other hand forces you to regularly review yourself, how you work, and your organization.
There is a lot of literature that has something to do with their bachelor thesis somewhere at the edge. Choose what you read, where you invest your time, because time is a scarce commodity. If after feeling the source, you feel the book is very interesting, but the content does not help me not to write my work, they put the book aside.
If you have decided to study a book more intensively, it is especially important to actively approach the script. Ask questions to the text, the famous W-questions help here: Who wrote what, when, how and where with what intention? It also helps to keep track of what arguments the author uses to substantiate his theses and what previous knowledge you can use to connect what you have read.
Excercising is essential for your organization. Under Exzerpieren one understands in general keywords to the notation in written form to note down. It is about the notation of keywords and information from books and other sources in order to find what you read faster and to pre-sort later.
However you decide to do it, whether you are creating maps or a file in the computer, here are some examples of what you can notice: the naming of author and title (with bibliographic information) is essential. In addition, it may be useful: One or two phrases (like with page references), a synopsis of the text with pointed problem, facts, hypotheses, results and working methods of the author, one or two important citations (necessarily with page), comments on the profession of the author, to his scientific school and political direction, other publications by the author or to the same group of topics, his own critical remarks on the usefulness of the text and criticism.
If that is not your way of working, then at least they use yellow post-is to find passages in books again. Reading long without taking notes is not effective. Later, as you write, you will find that you are remembering something you have read but you do not know where it stood. At the latest when you insert quotes in the bachelor thesis, this will increase your time.
- Outline pattern
Outline patterns are especially useful for organizing your bachelor thesis if you need to design a first table of contents. Such patterns can be: a) the deductive process: from the general to the particular, b) the inductive process: from the particular to the general, c) the chronological structure (by time periods and epochs, but also by developments), d) by causes and effects , e) thesis, antithesis, synthesis and f) according to importance (ascending or descending).
- Literature search
The organization also requires a thorough literature search. Surely you know the standard works that have appeared on your topic. Always keep in mind: these authors also need the most complete bibliography possible. Copy their bibliographic lists, pay attention to the publication years of these standard works and compare your bibliography with their lists. In addition, you are of course looking for new published literature on your topic. Strive to be up-to-date and to showcase a state-of-the-art research stand. Note that you will likely find recent scientific publications in journals.
Organization when productivity slows down.
As you write your bachelor thesis, you will be focused on writing. At the same time, you also have to eat, sleep, relax and then print and deliver the work. Do not forget life. In this way, you should also allow yourself some time to relax and be distracted for a moment. With no bad conscience, plan moments or days of relaxation to be productive again. So it can also be very productive for the work progress, to meet with friends and fellow students and once to talk about the bachelor thesis or even time specifically not to talk about the work. Writing is done alone, but sitting and pondering alone rarely does it well. Exchange ideas. Difficulties arise with the project Bachelor Thesis which is normal and somehow belongs to it. Then discussing the problem with a human can be enlightening. Friends like that, and when work progress gets to a standstill, they can get help from one of our coaches on the phone.