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六月 30

Timeline to Prepare Your Thesis

Writing a thesis should not be a three week project and deserves a long term preparation. Here is the suggested timeline for a master thesis in the group. Suppose that you are expected to take the exam in June at year Y.

  • July/August, Y-1: discuss with the professor for the research topic. The discussion should be held intensively, either once or twice a week.
  • September, Y-1: narrow down the topic and conduct the preliminary experiments to show that the targeted topic is real. Prepare 5 page slides to describe the motivation, preliminary experiments, and targeted topic.
  • October, Y-1: Write down the motivation, formulate the targeted topic, survey the literature and start to develop the solution.
  • November, Y-1: The solution should be carefully analyzed and write down the notes.
  • December, Y-1: Write down introduction and related work chapter, and start to implement the solution
  • January, Y: submit the introduction and related work for review.
  • February, Y: Revise the solution and implementation after the first implementation is ready for testing.
  • March, Y: Submit system architecture and approach for review
  • April, Y: Collect performance evaluation results and write the performance evaluation chapter.
  • May, Y: Submit performance evaluation chapter for review.
  • June, Y: defend your thesis and submit final version to NTU.

The above schedule does not give you the flexibility to fail and do it again. So, you should start earlier and be prepared for a delay schedule in your approach does not work.