Restart the work of master’s thesis or doctorate after having interrupted for a long period of time, is a complicated, heavy, and stressful task for anyone.
But, before continuing, how to define interruption of the thesis? Regardless of the reasons people leave their thesis, there are several types of interruption. I am going to refer only to three: (1) have stopped during the ongoing investigation and disregard the commitment; (2) have abandoned the studies at the conclusion of the investigation and already have the raw data; (3) to have renounced the effort even though the data had already been analyzed.
Case 1: The thesis work could have stopped during the investigation process. If that’s the way things were-especially if it’s been more than a year-it may not be worthwhile to take it up again and yes, instead, it would be more convenient to start from scratch with a new topic.
Case 2: The thesis work could have been suspended at the end of the investigation. In this context, the student keeps the raw data, without analyzing it. This is more common than you might think. Some students come to this stage and give up, mainly-from what I’ve seen-because they ran out of scholarship or because they got a job opportunity that they think they can not waste.
For the above, resume the thesis from some results that may no longer have the importance they would have had one, two or more years ago, it may be too late. A thesis director will hardly accept it, unless it was a non-scientific study whose information and perspective had not been affected by the passage of time, and which could still contribute something significant.
Case 3: The most important cause in the abandonment of the thesis, despite the fact that the student has the research completed and the data analyzed to the smallest detail, is in the difficulty he finds to write the report or thesis. He has everything to write the thesis, but lacks the ability to do so.
Under these circumstances it can also happen that, when the postgraduate program does not mark the thesis a deadline to be titled – that is, that leaves the door open for you to finish your thesis and defend when it is ready – then the person It can take years to write your work. In these cases, while the thesis student is occupied in the university, the obsolescence of his subject or of his results will not be of importance for his advisor or for the program. In situations like this -especially if you continue to pay for schooling-, if it takes 10 years to write the thesis, what does it matter?
Given the above, is it worthwhile to take up the thesis and close the cycle? Any effort that is made to complete a master’s degree or a doctorate that has cost the student a lot, and perhaps his family and who paid for the studies, is worth it. Not closing that cycle means staying with a sack on your back that will weigh all your life. The open cycle of an unfinished postgraduate is a permanent duel.
And is that to study and progress professionally entered the graduate, to obtain a preparation and a title to support the effort. If the cycle was not completed and you intend to close it, you have to consider whether you should insist on following the unsatisfactory path you have already followed, and that it will probably be too laborious and annoying to start again – not advisable, I would say. , or to draw a new route whose journey awakens new enthusiasm. This could be the best option.
If the thesis student belongs to the case (3) and is detained in the writing phase, which is when he already had his results analyzed and did not continue with the writing phase, he can proceed:
(a) seeking the professional help of a coach who supports the writing of the thesis – can be an expert or a self-help book to write the thesis;
(b) that you hire the services of a ghostwiter to write your report. Definitely this is not a very ethical option, let’s say, and yes very expensive, but thousands come to these experts who abound in the network; or
(c) to take a thesis writing workshop and take the draft of your thesis to the workshop (as the workshop workers say), to work it out and make adjustments where necessary, and thus leave the document halfway, and steps away from concluding it. In this third point, the student should be careful, because usually the guide of these workshops lacks experience (which I have seen is the most common), and the young participant can leave more confused than he was when he entered to that workshop.