Writing a thesis (Part 2) - Preparation

To reach this point of writing a thesis, you would definitely have done your modules of research methods, statistics, and the respective psychological areas.  You would have also practiced writing literature reviews and psychological reports.  Without the above knowledge and practice, it would be relatively difficult to write a full thesis.

Here are a list of the other academic things you may consider to prepare for this major task in your psychological journey:
1.  Know how to use a research database
This is something that you should already have known how to do and have access to.  If you do not have access to a research database, this is the very first thing you should do.  Learning to use is not difficult;  Question is "are you getting the most out of it?"  Otherwise ask your lecturers / supervisors / librarians.

2.  Having a good method or system for compiling your research articles
You are not only handling or researching 10 to 15 articles as per your precious essay papers or reports.  This time, it would be for 50 to 100 articles, hence a reliable system is essential.

3.  Learn Endnote or be really good at APA style referencing and citations
References and citations are must-haves, and in psychological thesis, you need to have them in APA style.  Are you totally sure that your APA referencing skills are impeccable??  Otherwise, try to get Endnote and learn to use the program well.

4.  Using SPSS or Excel (for those doing quantitative research)
Through whichever method you use to analyse your data, make sure you know how to use those programs.  SPSS would be the preferred method; however getting a personal version may burn a hole in your pockets.

Some preparation for you to work better and more efficiently:
1.  Having good time management
As mentioned in Part 1, having good time management is important, as time is not one of the things you will have a lot with the large amount of reading and writing, which may affect your time for sleep, food, and social interaction.  So make sure you plan out your time properly, and always make sure to take a break when  you need it.

2.  Understand your studying / working arrangements 
Are you a morning / night person?  Do you prefer reading via soft / hard copy?  Do you require distractions / total silence to work efficiently?  What is your optimal or maximum concentration time span?
Having a good understanding of your studying arrangements will help in writing your thesis more efficiently.

3.  A good support network
With all those stress that you would be getting, it is always good to have a good support network, someone to talk to or give you a hug when needed, someone to have coffee with, someone to grumble about stuff with you.

With this preparation tips, good luck to those who are going to write a thesis!

SGPsychStud: Reflection after 2 years of blogging

25 July 2011 was the day I started the blog.  It was a time of turmoil for me, as I looked at the psychological arena in Singapore with infuriation and exasperation.  That was because I felt that there were so much things that are still not good enough, such as registration of psychologists and psychological membership in Singapore.
As time passed, these frustrations calmed down, which I directed them towards better use.  As JFK said: "Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country", the same can be applied here.  I too do not ask for what I can get out of doing all these, but this is all for bringing our psychological scene in Singapore up to higher heights.  Changes for a better future in this area will be made someday, maybe not very soon, but there will definitely be changes and improvements, as I have already seen some in the last two years.  Just as the motto of this blog goes: " For a better future in Psychology for You..."

From only individual postings from just myself, there are also postings of reflection stories from my colleagues, students, and even some out there which I do not know at all.  There are also professional invited posts on Forensic and Sport Psychology.  Many has also sent me their questions which I have complied in the Q&A section, and some have even commented on the individual posts.  To Everyone above who have contributed to this blog in some way or another, I THANK YOU!!

The only one project that did not progress as expected was the Volunteering/Internship Project.  Some of you have sent me your contacts to participate in this project; however, it did not push forward as expected due to lack of organisations to participate in this, and lack of time on my side to do the required logistics.  I apologise for this.  But I believe that this project will still go on, as students in psychology will also need internship or work experience to truly understand what psychology work is like.  If someone is willing to help out with this project, please contact me and we can collaborate in making this a success!

In the midst of all the postings directly from the blog, I believe most of you are already connected to the Facebook page.  There are articles shared daily from the various major psychological associations or blogs or other mental health related sites, which I tried to maintain to do (unless I am overseas).
Hence the two things I hereby promise my viewers that I will definitely continue to do (with my daily available time) are:
1.  Daily sharing of articles on the Facebook page
2.  At least two posts on the blog a month

Lastly, I would like to give a heartfelt thank-you to Everyone for spending your time reading this blog!!!