Our PhD Writing Template is a way to visualise every element of your PhD on one page. Once you have filled it in you will have an overview of each section of the thesis and an executive summary of the thesis as a whole. It’ll show you how to write a PhD. If you haven’t already download it for free now and then come back to this post.
What is the PhD Writing Template?
The PhD Writing Template is a way for you to visualise your PhD on one page. It guides you through creating a synopsis for each chapter and an overall outline of the thesis using simple questions to structure and guide your thinking. If you haven’t already download it for free now.
- Literature review
- Theoretical framework
- Empirical chapters
- Discussion chapters
How do I write a PhD using the template?
It’s simple to use. First, print it out.
Then, answer each of the questions in each section.
Answer on Post-it notes. One for each box. That way you can change your answers over time.
But aren’t Post-it notes too small? No! Small is good here. It means you have to be clear and concise. If you can’t fit your answers onto a Post-it note, you need to refine them.
To save space, use bullet points, but make sure you carefully think about and respond to each point.
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Start with the ‘Aims and Objectives’ box, where you will list down the core headlines of the entire thesis. This is the big-picture stuff. You should have this completed and refined before you move on. Without solid answers to these questions, the thesis will be disjointed and unclear.
Then, work through the boxes one by one. You may want to leave the abstract and acknowledgements to last. You may also want to work on the introduction last. That’s fine. Work in the way that suits you.
As you fill the template in, you will start to see the bigger picture. Each Post-it note will contain a synopsis for that particular element. Together, they can be combined to form an executive summary of the thesis as a whole.
Why do you need the template?
- All of the elements required in a thesis.
- Where they fit and how they relate to one another.
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