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Five Things to Remember Before Writing a Thesis

By The Room 241 Team August 7, 2014

A thesis paper is more than just an essay–it can be seen as a student’s legacy. A thesis helps define how a student analyzes, interprets, and conveys information, helping to mold his or her forthcoming accomplishments. The significance of thesis papers extend beyond formal education, as they can be referenced time and again on cover letters and resumes or as writing samples for prospective employers.

Here are some quick tips to facilitate your thesis.

Pick a topic that is interesting

When you pick a topic that is actually of genuine interest, your thesis will reflect that very sentiment, and instructors and peers can discern the authenticity in your work. The topic should also have some relevance to your personal or professional goals, laying the foundation for your future endeavors.

Build your thesis statement on a central theme

Your introductory paragraph and thesis statement should clearly explain what the paper is trying to accomplish. In other words: What is your paper trying to answer? The theme should also be limited in scope–should the theme be too broad, the paper may turn out disjointed and lose its intended goal.

Logically sequence your thoughts

Your thesis paper should be broken up into logically distinct sections, helping to express your thought process. Your introduction presents the argument, and each subsequent paragraph builds upon the evidence supporting your original statement. Using concrete examples, such as case studies, establishes further credibility.

Pass three tests: How? Why? So what?

Do not simply assert statements without backing up your claims. Explain the how‘s and why‘s of all of your arguments. When asking a colleague or peer for a review of your essay, make sure to ask them if they can understand the big “takeaway.” If a ‘so what’ moment occurs, try to better clarify your statement by forming a relationship or connecting to a larger issue.

Proofread your paper.. and proofread again

Though seemingly obviously, this final step is of utmost importance in the thesis writing process. After addressing all other content and editorial needs, make sure your thesis contains all required information (i.e.: name, class, etc.) and is free of any grammatical errors.

A well-written thesis can make a significant impact on your career as a student and professional. The thesis is not only an important facet in the culmination of your formal education, it also sets the groundwork for your later professional successes.

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