Chapter 9 looks at forms and processes of writing, overcoming writing blocks and developing good writing habits. A later chapter will extensively cover preparation for the viva, but this chapter considers what examiners are looking for in terms of the written dissertation or thesis, and how to encourage and empower your student to produce a thesis or dissertation that examiners should want to pass. Students need to ensure the research question or hypothesis is clear throughout their work, structuring the research and underpinning the dissertation/thesis. If they haven’t already done this, now is the time to revisit and stick the research question/hypothesis at the front of their computer screen so that everything in their final writing is relevant to its exercise, the expression of the research journey and value of the findings. The question might well have changed over the years of the work, and the hypothesis may have been replaced by another, in relation to ongoing discoveries and understandings. Social scientists and humanities students probably defined their own question in agreement with the supervisor or supervisory team.
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