1. Dont't panic too often 2. Only write on one side of the paper 3. Be nice to librarians - esp in inter-library loans 4. Remember that your supervisor is a busy person - if he/she isn't, change your supervisor 5. Find out how you work best 6. Read your degree regulations 7. Always have a couple of things you can work on 8. Read some theses from your university in your area 9. Budget for typing and binding 10. Plan ahead 11. Photocopying is not the same as reading 12. Keep planning structures 13. Put your external's books on the bibliography 14. Get a good typist - or buy/use a word processor 15. Don't think it will be perfect... 16. read your supervisor's thesis 17. Be prepared to rewrite your early drafts 18. Write your introduction first; write the reader's last 19. Put conventions on cards for you and your typist 20. Keep full bibliographical details 21..Have someone comment on your style at an early stage 22. Set yourself short term goals... 23. and if you aren't meeting them, work out why 24. Allow plenty of time for writing up 25. Step back from time to time 26. Overdo footnotes at first, they're easy to take out 27. With each piece of work ask, "Is it worth doing this?" 28. Don't begrudge some time spent reading very widely 29. Find out early on about submission and presentation details 30. Talk to people about it 31. Think of it as a meal ticket 32. Keep writing..and writing..and writing.. 33. Reading one more book won't solve all your problems 34. Buy a book on punctuation 35. Use your research to make contacts 36. Use a card index for references, etc 37. keep a research diary 38. Make sure your bibliography is comprehensive 39. If you set something aside for a while, make notes about how you plan to continue with it 40. Using quotations doesn't make the idea more true 41. and you can usually write it better yourself 42. Don't begrudge time spent thinking 43. Label your diagrams properly 44. Find a typist who has done your sort of work before 45. Don't be afraid to be imaginative 46. Organise an efficient filing system 47. Remember that a thesis needs to have a thesis 48. It is very important to run out of excuses for not writing 49. The world is full of unfinished thesis 50. Remember, purple clashes horribly with lots of colour 51. Don't forget to drink a whole bottle of Tequila when you're done!