Here we give you tips on how to make things smooth while working on your thesis:
Read, read, and read some more
Before picking up a pen or having a go at your computer keyboard, pick up a book. That's the very basic in thesis writing.
But, "read what?" you may ask.
The answer is "Read everything you see, even if it isn't related to your thesis," Chairat says, who is also an ex-alumnus of the University of Hawaii.
In writing a thesis, you need lots of sources and information to back your statements.
"If you don't read, how will you know which book has what information and exactly what sort of data you really need?" Chairat asks.
Besides, reading before writing your thesis will help filter unnecessary data.
"Bear in mind, not everything you read can be used in your thesis. The goal of reading is getting rid of unwanted information."
Choose the right adviser
The very process of writing a thesis can be like "walking in a desert", Chairat says. "You desperately need someone to offer you a glass of water and quench your thirst."
And this "someone" is your thesis adviser.
According to Chairat, the adviser has two responsibilities - the quality of you work and your mental health.
In other words, an adviser is someone who carries you - and your thesis - from the beginning to the very end. A good adviser should be there to give you suggestions if you're out of ideas, or cheer you up when you're feeling down.
"Consider very carefully before you ask someone to be your adviser," Chairat counsels. "Make sure you really get on with the person you choose and make sure they have enough time to contribute and add quality to your work."
Stay single It is impossible to complete any thesis overnight. This job requires a great deal of effort and loads of time.
"Not having enough time on your hands will cause anxiety, especially if you're nearing the deadline and your work isn't going anywhere."
Chairat's advice is quite simple, but it might be a bit difficult to follow.
"If you don't have any financial problems, remain unemployed. If you don't have a steady partner, stay single. If you're engaged, hold off on getting married. If you're already married, go for contraception," he advises. "If you already have a kid, stick to having just one."
He also advises that you don't let anything interrupt or stop your writing process.
"I met a student who was quite smart but had so many things to do while writing his thesis. We only met for consultation once in three months. And eventually, he had to retire because time was running out and he could not complete his thesis."
Keep smilingA good attitude is the key to success.
Chairat says you should never let yourself get down or want to quit every time your work is rejected or returned for corrections.
"Since there will be about five committee members reading your thesis, there's no way each and every one will have the same thoughts or ideas on your subject," he says.
"Think positively - the more time you spend correcting your thesis, the more solid it will be."