Showing thanks: People and/or organisations that helped

The thanking move is not just about thanking those that helped. Clearly, you don't want to miss those people out, but since you're supervisor and/or tutor will be reading and/or marking your dissertation, it's important to thank them properly. You should even do this if your supervisor is useless or close to useless; there are many such cases, unfortunately. Where this happens, dig deep and just make the 'thank you' a simple one. However, if you're one of the lucky ones and have a lot of people to thank, the thanking move involves two components: (1) identifying who to thank and (2) explaining how they helped you. Whether you put this into a single paragraph or multiple paragraphs is up to you, but students tend to either: (a) thank people one at a time, explaining what each person did; or (b) focus on how people helped (e.g., reading over drafts, giving moral support, providing financial aid, etc.) and include which individuals helped. It is much less common to see students thanking people based on how these individuals helped them within each part or chapter of the dissertation. This part of the acknowledgments section should probably be around 70% of the total (or 60% if you include an announcing move). So based on a 100 to 200 word acknowledgments section, you may want to write between 70 and 140 words.

The thanking move involves five steps: (a) write a list of the people that helped you; (b) explain how each person and/or organization helped; (c) decide what order to thank people in; (d) be strategic, thanking key people, even if you feel they let you down in some way; and (e) think about ways to express your thanks.

Write a list of the people that helped you

Some of the people and/or organisations that may have helped you include:

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