Step 3: Tap into your dissertation support network as well as the members of your committee to receive constructive feedback on your writing.
- Help your readers help you by giving them a cover letter in which you explain what you are trying to accomplish in the draft and list your specific questions and concerns
- Consider potential readers’ expertise and skills in giving feedback when deciding which parts of your dissertation you plan to give to whom (e.g., perhaps only people working in your lab can constructively comment on your methods, whereas friends in other disciplines would give useful feedback on your introduction)
- Because different readers will give you different suggestions for revision, remember it is up to you to decide whose feedback is useful and whose suggestions you will follow
- Negotiate with your advisor and committee members to establish a process for submitting drafts for their feedback
Step 4: Use a checklist of common errors when you do your final editing and proofreading, or consider hiring an editor to help you identify and fix such problems.
Step 5: Make sure to leave time for checking calculations, visual details, and literature citations for accuracy and validity, and remove sources you are no longer using or add new ones.