Choose final thesis/program advisor and committee.
Finish thesis/research work, write up results.
If you are interested in doing the work in a company then you need to contact the company for a suggestion for a final thesis work. Make sure that you get a good description on paper of what they want you to do (see more about this paper elsewhere in this FAQ). This documentation is what you need to have with you when you come and see the degree project coordinator (me) at IDA. I will then help you find suitable persons at the department who could be interested in being your examiner. A person in the company will be the supervisor of your work.
W: How many persons can do a final thesis together?
If you are going to the work at IDA then you can directly approach one of the full professors (lab leaders) at IDA that head a lab that contains the topics that you are interested in, and hope that he/she has a final thesis specified; or you can discuss it. The examiner and the supervisor of the thesis will be a person or two persons from the lab where you will be doing the work.
4. BETTER: BEAT every deadline you and/or your advisorcreates.
5. Realize that there's no penalty for finishing early -- in my case, thedeadlines that drove my work were fully created by me -- and even if they wereweeks or months earlier than comparable, externally dictated deadlines, thatfact didn't matter -- my internally created deadlines were, to me, very realdeadlines. That helped -- I never missed one!
1. Compartmentalize your work -- of the zillion things that need to get done,choose one specific task at a time -- and complete the task before you doanything else.
2. Advisor-Compatibility is enormously important -- what I like to tellmy grad students is as follows: Matching workstyles and general ways of seeingthings is, to me, more important than matching academic interests -- all thingsequal, ensure that you work with an advisor who you feel fully (or mostly)comfortable with -- and one who you perceive as supportive of (a) your workand, more importantly, (b) the notion of you finishing on time. That waseasy for me -- I worked with Becky Warner.
3. You can't do everything. You can't. You just can't. With that in mind, set clear workloads regarding things such as your literaturereview or your results section. My dissertation results section was 70pages -- yipes! However, I could EASILY have spent another year on it andproduced another 200 pages of results.
Consider the following kinds of ideas you might have:
-- What if I recompute this variable as a categorical variable -- then I can reconductmy analysis -- but then I'll have to do a MANCOVA instead of several multipleregressions ... to do that I'll have to ...
-- Perhaps I should report both a hierarchical regression and a standard regression-- and while I'm at it ...
-- I should totally rethink my operational definition of the primary predictorvariable -- I can use differences between standardized scores as an index ofthis construct ... then I'll ...
Consider these hypothetical ideas pertinent to the literature review:
-- Have I fully incorporated all the relevant literature on adult attachment,which is a core construct in my dissertation? After all, when I type"Adult Attachment" into Psychinfo, 400,000 references pop up – and I'veonly cited 600!?!?!
-- There are four new books on mate selection written by top social psychologists-- shouldn't I read each of these fully, then find all the pertinent articlesdescribed therein -- and then find all the pertinent articles cited in thosearticles? In addition to everything I've already done?
comprehensive helpstoward that goal -- but comprehensiveness is an artifact -- a secondary goal –the primary goal is the coherent story and the convincing nature of your argument. And, separately, you'll never be able to read every article published on AdultAttachment (or just about any current psychology topic). You just won't!
I hope that helps! While I highly recommend using a third party to edit your work, it’s important to find the right person. Your thesis/dissertation will be written for a highly intellectual community, many of whom are experts in your field. As such, the editor you choose must be practiced in an academic style of writing that will appeal to this audience.