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11) Get a friend (someone who is suitable) to read over your work before submission, or use a professional proofreading service – preferably Foolproof Reading 🙂
– Once you have read your work over and over again you will have a tendency to miss grammatical and spelling errors, misplaced tables and figures, and other formatting errors.
– If English is not your first language then I cannot stress this point enough. As an examiner, nothing frustrates me more than poor English. Examiners should not have to try and decipher what a student is trying to convey and if they do, you will lose marks for this, potentially lots!
– Although it costs a lot of money to professionally proofread a thesis (typically ~ $700 for a standard 40,000 word Honours thesis), consider how much money you have invested in your education to this point. Considering how important your thesis is to your career and how much effort you have already invested in time and money, the cost of professional proofreading (such as we provide here at Foolproof Reading) is comparatively minimal.
12) Formatting takes more time than you think!
– A lot of people make the mistake of leaving formatting tasks, such as figure and table spacing, right until the last few days. I would recommend allowing at least two, preferably three full days to complete all formatting requirements for your thesis.
13) Save your thesis as a .pdf file for printing
– The last thing you want is compatibility issues at Officeworks when your thesis is due in three hours!
14) Don’t stress about the small things
– Font size and line spacing within Tables x, y and z are not going to affect the mark your examiner gives you. Remember that the content within the thesis is what you are being examined on (formatting is still important though). If, for some reason you find yourself in the situation where you are pressed for time with the submission date looming, then it is more important to make sure the thesis’ written content is up to standard, as opposed to wasting valuable time getting it looking pretty (This can obviously be avoided with good time management).
– Don’t forget that you will still get a chance to amend your thesis after it has been examined. You will need to address the examiner’s comments and at this stage if you weren’t able to complete all required formatting tasks prior to submission, you can do this now before the thesis is hard bound.