5 Tips to Writing a Thesis That Stays Relevant

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Often deemed as the pinnacle of academic writing, not just novices but even academic overachievers tremble in fear at the mere mention of the word “thesis.” Why so? It’s but only writing what you have performed in the lab. Easy said than done, right?  

No pressure there! For I have the top five tips that will help you ace your thesis writing like you were born to do this. So let’s get started on our route to impress even the toughest of professors.

  • What’s Your Point? Clarifying the Purpose of Your Thesis

What are you trying to argue? Are you trying to prove a point, answer a question, or explore a topic? First, you must figure that out! Once done, you can start crafting your argument. 

It is critical to identify the key argument or claim when writing your argument. What exactly are you trying to say? Is it true that dogs are superior to cats? Is it true that pineapple belongs on pizza? Is Vincent Van Gogh the greatest artist of all time? (Of course, he is. Don’t roll your eyes!).

And, while you’re at it, don’t forget to emphasize the topic’s importance. Why should anyone be interested in what you’re arguing? Is it because it’s a contentious issue? Is it because it has real-world consequences? Is it because it has an impact on people’s lives in some way?

Remember, a strong thesis statement should be both debatable and relevant. You want to avoid arguing something that everyone already agrees with because then what’s the point? And you don’t want to argue something that’s completely irrelevant because then who cares?

  • Reviewing the Right Literature For Your Thesis

Now that you’ve figured out the purpose of your thesis, it’s time to hit the books (or the internet, whichever you prefer) and identify relevant sources. And no, Wikipedia does not count as a relevant source.

You must conduct thorough research on your topic to support your argument. To obtain a good understanding of what has already been stated on the issue, identify relevant sources and do a literature review. Then, analyze and combine the facts you’ve obtained to establish your distinct perspective. This will help keep the risk of accidental plagiarism at bay.

If you can back up your study with strong data, don’t be hesitant to challenge prevailing beliefs and assumptions. This is your chance to demonstrate your critical thinking abilities. Don’t simply repeat what everyone else has stated.

But, before you go all “revolutionary,” make sure you’re not just saying something is true because it “feels” true.

  • Crafting a Clear and Concise Thesis Statement

The one line that will guide your readers through your argument is your thesis statement. It is frequently a decisive factor for readers to decide whether or not to read your thesis.

So, what exactly constitutes a good thesis statement? It should articulate the main argument or point, utilize clear and explicit language, and avoid unclear or vague words. Nobody enjoys reading something so complicated that a dictionary is required to comprehend it.

And if you really want to make a statement (see what I did there?), don’t be afraid to make a bold one and take a stance on your topic. A strong thesis statement is the foundation of a compelling paper.

  • Lay Your Thoughts and Evidence Like Lego:

Mind the mess of your thoughts and evidence. Create an outline to help guide you through your paper and ensure your argument flows logically. 

You don’t want your readers to become disoriented as you jump from point to point. As a result, employ efficient transitions to move from one point to the next and present your evidence in a clear and logical manner.

Remember that your argument is only as good as the evidence you provide to back it up. Don’t just dump information at your readers and hope they make sense. Instead, put them together in a way that makes a story, one that supports your perspective.

  • Scrutinize, Edit, and Revise:

Once you’ve written it all, it’s time to revise and edit your thesis. Be the most ruthless you can be when you scrutinize and edit it. Ensure clarity and coherence. 

And for the love of the grammar Gods, check for spelling and grammar errors! Nothing screams, “I didn’t proofread my paper,” like a slew of typos and grammar mistakes. Make sure your argument is strong and consistent throughout your paper. 

Most importantly, remember that editing is more than just fixing mistakes. So, as you read and reread, if you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed, seek feedback from peers or a professional editor. Sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to catch mistakes or offer suggestions for improvement. 

To sum it all up, writing a compelling thesis is all about understanding the purpose of your thesis, conducting thorough research, developing a clear and concise thesis statement, organizing your thoughts and evidence, and editing and revising your thesis. So, put your pen on paper (I mean fingers on your keypad) and get started!

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