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Content Tips for your Dissertation or Project Write-up

These tips are mostly focused at writing an academic (and scientific) dissertation. But I think most of these suggestions are sensible enough they should feature in any lengthy document. Based on my experience as an examiner and a supervisor, these are the most common things I notice each time I pick a project write-up.

Writing is hard, but the tips in this post can make it better

Here some tips to get you going:

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Students Supervision

Three Tips for a Successful Start to your Academic Project

So, you have contacted me to undertake a project (Dissertation/FYP/Thesis) together.  That is Great!  I am enjoying it already.

I always find myself repeating the same pointers to each student at the start (or throughout the project really).  Thought I would write them down for posterity.  So here comes my recipe for success, for the first few weeks at least.

My projects are typically on the life sciences/computer science interface (but we’ve had many different ones – including intelligent automated sports betting).  But these three ingredients apply to any kind of project really.

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What’s in a progress report (FYP BSc/MSc dissertation)?

It is that time of the year again.  December, light drizzle, grey skies, Christmas presents lists, and of course progress reports for your final year project or MSc dissertation.  So I get the blank stares when students sit in front of LaTeX, wondering what they should write.