loosing my mind over my thesis

July 1, 2008 9:05pm CST
I am currnelty writing my thesis for graduate school, and I have never been so stressed about something for school ever. It is broken down so simply but I have gotten behind and the topic is on the effects of bullyinh and I am having a hard time creating an outline to focus on. Any ideas?
2 responses
@trish32 (1471)
• United States
2 Jul 08
I've had to write numerous papers while in college. Although I'm not in grad. school yet, I think the basic writing process is the same. Perhaps rather than focusing on an outline first you could brainstorm a bit, jot down ideas you may have for your paper or questions that you would like to answer in your paper. From there you can start to develop your outline, do a little research if need be to build the outline, and then concentrate more heavily on the research that will flesh out your thesis. I know how hard it is to try to write a paper, particularly when you find yourself behind and "looking down the barrel" of a deadline. I know it's not easy, but try to relax. Being stressed only adds to the difficulty of writing the paper.
@trish32 (1471)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Yes, it does make sense. Another bit of advice I can offer is to look at each step of the process individually rather than looking at the "big picture". If you look at each step it's less overwhelming than looking at the final product. Do you have anyone in your class or another schoolmate that may be able to work with you to sort through the process and help you get things organized or help review your work? That can sometimes be a huge help. Good luck to you!!!
3 Jul 08
Hey. I try to look at as each step individually. I am not on the Workshop sectiong of the capstone. My only problem is I have never been to a workshop or designed one before so its very frustrating. We have to have the capstone reviewed by two people who have been out in the field of education for 5 years which isnt bad. That will help a lot I think. BUt in all honesty who wants to take part of there summer reading about bullying?
@trish32 (1471)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Yes, I think the review will help a lot. While I know bullying may not be the ideal topic for summer reading just think of it as a big, important step toward your future career! I have spent the past 2 summers, as I will this summer, taking classes. This summer I am taking Intro. to Management & Leadership and Intro. to Psychology. I started college later in life (I was 31) and am determined to finish in bachelor's in 4 years, which requires me to take summer classes because I've had to attend part time due to financial aid issues. Every summer when I feel like I'd much rather be doing something other than studying I just remember the goals I've set for myself and hit the books. There are a couple of websites that I've found very helpful with organizing term papers, etc.. If you'd like I can send you the links?
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
The bullying starts when the bully notices that the 'target' is a weak one and is unable to protect himself or herself. I think it is very unfair of those who bully other people because it's like they're abusing other people just because they can overpower them. I think bullying is bs.
3 Jul 08
I have found that bullying actually breaks people's safety and personal rights. Human rights is more of what i mean. Its bad that teachers are turning an eye away from bullying becuase they believe that bullying is a part of life. I can not believe that children as young as the age of 3 know who is weaker
• Philippines
5 Jul 08
Bullying may be a part of life but when it crosses the line, it must be stopped to prevent further damage to the one being bullied. Teachers must take responsibilities of their students, not make them suffer injuries and the like.