Written when I was – Currently working on revising Prospectus. Framing things in terms of things I already accomplished is helpful, When I was preparing to take a 6 hr comprehensive exam, I approached it like preparing to teach two 3 hr classes! So, writing and revising a prospectus is like working on the Comprehensive Exam proposals. And each chapter of the Dissertation is more or less like a paper and also like a comp exam. My goal was to prepare 6 weeks for each comprehensive exam. So if I approach writing each chapter of my dissertation like preparing and taking a comprehensive exam, I think I can do this!
I wrote this up for a friend who is defending his prospectus soon. So sharing it here. This is what I did or how I would prepare if I were doing it again…
I jotted down reflections to the following questions in my journal.
Be prepared to say –
- if/as you feel important, give very brief description of the way you came to your topic,
- why your topic or question is important to address
- how the way you intend to answer questions is valuable and necessary, i.e., your contribution is unique and that it is necessary for the discipline.