How To Write a Thesis

The time has come in your educational life where you have to write a thesis. You have spent your whole year doing homework, writing essays, taking notes, and studying for tests. Now your whole class and everything you have learned comes down to the six letter word: thesis. The word "thesis" is derived from Greek and literally means "intellectual proposition." Your thesis must be original, creative and, most importantly, intelligent. However, it does not have to be impossible.

  1. Pick a Broad Topic: Before you can even begin writing your thesis, you must know what you are going to write about. Give yourself a couple of days or even weeks to pick a really good topic. In this time frame, research your topic to make sure there is enough material on it. Writing your thesis can be possible and perhaps even fun if you pick a topic that is interesting to you or one that you understand. Be sure to pick a topic that is relevant to the class or major for which you are writing your thesis.

  • Narrow Your Topic : If you have picked a broad topic, the next step is narrow your focus so that you can do it justice in your thesis. When your topic of focus is appropriately narrow in scope, put it in the form of a question that you can answer in depth.
  • Research: The next step is to research it like crazy. Find books, articles, case studies, and interviews that will help contribute to your thesis. The form and methods of your research will depend on the subject matter of your thesis.
  • Write Your Introduction: Now that you have chosen a topic and conducted research, you are now ready to write your thesis introduction. These first sentences should be powerful and interesting, compelling the reader forward through the rest of your thesis. In your introduction, you should include your thesis statement, which is your fundamental answer to the question you developed in step two.
  • The Body: Your thesis is going to be long. You have to keep the body of your thesis balanced and strong all the way through. Start by outlining the ideas you want to present in your thesis. An outline will help you stay organized and on track. Be sure to include quoted sources, other's opinions, and your own opinions and findings. Remember to always write in an active voice. Also remember to maintain a logical flow from one idea to the next, careful not to give an impression of randomness.
  • The Conclusion: To end your thesis on a good note, be sure not to simply restate and summarize everything you have just written. Instead, close your thoughts and findings with the same power and interest that you brought to your introduction, gracefully tying together any loose ends.
  • Edit: After you have finally written your thesis, make sure you get as many people as possible to edit it. First, allow yourself to sweep through the thesis several times and make edits. Then allow parents, professors, writing tutors, or other students to edit it. Be open to all ideas and criticisms.

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