Achieving a merit or distinction is not unimaginable or looks beyond to reach, if a person feels like an average student or an international student. While studying MBA as an international student from a recognized institution in the UK, first time I able to know about a dissertation or In company project report. A background of engineering and alarming mindset of analyzing every complex theory in depth with practicality, I feel dissertation is much easy to complete by adopting a unique research and facts that are useful. Possibly a student could have been asking to write a dissertation as per guidelines or given a choice to write from 3 – 4 given topic. In relation to a dissertation, I like to share some strategy for becoming a topper in a respective field.

Plan your dissertation from beginning

How to plan it from the beginning, It could be the first confusion that arises in your enclosed mind. Understanding the concepts taught by the tutors at the begin of a first semester would keep carry on till the last stage of a degree. The focus should be on the theories come in the initial learning stage. Keep analyzing every theory and their motives, it provides a great deal of help in designing a dissertation on given topic of any industry. For instance, a topic on competitive factors, a business student will face at the beginning of the course in any module, just try to concentrate on a number of repetition of a particular word with live examples in lectures or the origination of the same word in classified theories. The objective is to figure out the importance of theory in the textbooks and the probability of a contextual theory to be included in the main task to achieve higher result. I prefer to say ‘alert minds, in the beginning, are in a better position to confidently complete a final task’. Thus, making records of key theories will provide usability in the final task.

Use of grammar

Grammatical errors are unavoidable to an examiner. However, there are no guidelines to indicate that a dissertation should be made of accurate grammar or marks should be downgraded on the basis of grammatical errors. While, an examiner is totally analyzing the research, originality and concept in the report of an individual but sometime may get confused with errors in relation with the grammar, thus, can cause a deduction of the small % of marks on a basis of the holistic overview of a presentation seen in the report. As a student preparation of grammar should be a prioritize first to avoid negative impact on final result. 

Research method

The most notable work in any dissertation would be the research method adapt to complete a final piece of work. In the guidelines, a student can use primary research method & secondary research method. A primary research method is a questionnaire prepared for knowing an opinion in the relative issue, it can be asked through social media in a particular group or through emails. Whereas, secondary research is mostly about a personal opinion and topics used with accurate references in a given dissertation. In my suggestion, using either of the research method, complete a task without plagiarism to avoid deduction in percentage. Use the latest research from news blogs, popular articles, and latest publications and referencing the work is must in the dissertation.

Data inspection

Data inspection as a researcher, I like to figure out the research material used during completing a dissertation. Now, lots of paid websites can allow a researcher to access high-quality data with the latest facts and figures. For example, Mintel, google scholar etc. It is recommendable to go for the data available on these sites. However, if researcher looking to access resources with free flow of data, can look for news blogs of popular news agency and stock market websites. While I can recommend for a stock market data because it keeps updating on every working day. In a relation of the availability, a researcher can look website, for example, Nasdaq, LSE etc. 

Lastly, I like to conclude that, early preparation and taking care of the grammar and adaptation of latest research method can contribute to the high-quality dissertation. Focusing the key areas of research, inclusion, and exclusion of theories not related to a given topic should be done with appropriate measures, for instance, provide references to avoid plagiarism. For a student, I can recommend, focus a research only on a given topic with enlisting benefits of the analyses in the report, with theories balancing the thoughts to achieving a higher grade.

By Deepak Arya