Scicurious this week shares "tips on surviving, and thriving, during your dissertation." While writing and defending a thesis can be a daunting task, Sci says it's best to break it up. She also suggests finding a writing partner. "Seeing another face close to a laptop screen can help drive you to focus as well," she says. "There's someone next to you egging you on." Sci says one of the most important things to do when writing a dissertation is to take breaks. "Do something else.