How to write a good thesis

A thesis is an essay or dissertation involving personal research. Just like the way you can motivate yourself to study, you can also motivate yourself to write a good thesis. A good thesis gives direction and enlightens. Here are some tips on how to write a good thesis.

Have a proper thesis statement

One of the most important aspects of a thesis is the thesis statement. It needs to be precise, short and clear. You need to capture the thesis statement in approximately 2 to 3 sentences.  Thesis statement is what captures the intention of the whole dissertation. It needs to be short and sweet.

A good thesis statement involves a relatable topic. It addresses a certain problem or question. Moreover, it captures a main/specific idea then expresses your personal opinion. Ultimately, it gives reasons to support and develop your answer.

Make sure to have a catchy thesis statement that is resonates with people.

Do your research

Another step towards how to write a good thesis is doing your research. Research is vital in thesis writing. You can go to a physical library and look for hardcopy books regards your topic.

Optionally, there are numerous resources that you could explore to gain more information. For example Google Scholar. Explore Educational search engines such as Microsoft Academic, Research Gate, Semantic Scholar among many others.

Research can also look like finding other students who have done similar work and exchanging ideas from them, learning from them.

Follow the required writing formats

There are various writing formats for thesis and dissertations. Further, there are different templates and editors that can be used for writing. Some schools and/or departments specify which editor and format to use. However some leave it up to the students to decide but to produce something professional and standard.

There are various editors that can be used, for example LaTeX editor, PandaDoc, among many. Different writing formats include APA, MLA & Chicago. Make sure to use one you are comfortable with or one which has been recommended by your school.

Consider all the deliverables and cross-check with your lecturer

For your thesis, there may be check points or deliverables that need to be made. To keep yourself up to date and at per with the requirements, keep checking back on the requirements.

Constantly engage with your lecturer/ supervisor to ensure they are in the loop regards where you are at and working on. Request for their inputs on every stage before proceeding. This is mainly because you do not want to climb the ladder which is leaning on the wrong wall. Make a point to cross-check and be sure.

Start early don’t wait for last minute

Last minute is chaotic. It comes with a lot of pressure. Potentially, it could lead to breakdown and giving up. What is the best thing to do therefore? Start early and break down the big task into smaller workloads and tasks.

Even when you have no motivation, starting with the smaller tasks can create momentum for you to push forward. Avoid procrastination and choose to start, now.

“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

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