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How to write a thesis paper

In essence, your thesis is the main point of your argument. When discovering how to write your thesis paper, it is important to understand that you are attempting to persuade or dissuade the reader to or from a certain viewpoint. Learning how to do this is a step by step process that requires assertive thinking and diligent writing.

Yes, theses are long. They contain a whole lot of opinion and even more convincing. There is a certain structure you need to follow when writing yours. Use the following as a guideline to complete your thesis properly.

Mapping out your thesis

Engaging in a thorough brainstorming session will enormously help the writing process of your thesis. It is important to look at your topic from all angles and decide in which direction you want to take your argument and especially how you wish to prove it. You map out your thesis by doing two things:

  • Take your topic and break it down in into various sections. Give each section a name and then break down each section into further small sections. It is important to give each section a short title. These are called key words or phrases, and they will help form the basis of your thesis.
  • The second part of mapping is taking each key phrase and writing down three or more pertinent questions under each one. This will assist you in writing relevant information later.

Components

Certain sections of your thesis are mandatory while others are optional. If you are writing a bachelor thesis, it is best to include an abstract because your professor will likely expect you to do so. Make sure you find out what components must be included in your paper.

The following is a typical list which will direct you:

  • The title, your name and the name of your study institution
  • Preface
  • Table of contents
  • An introduction
  • Abstract
  • First section: Your statement
  • Second section: Your method
  • Third section: Your results
  • Conclusion
  • References

Unless otherwise instructed, use this as a basic guide.

The introduction

Your introduction should give a comprehensive overview on all that you are about to engage in. Keep it short and to the point. State your proposition and explain how to plan to support it. Many students feel more comfortable writing their introduction last, but this does not always work for everyone.

The abstract

Every abstract has the potential to win or lose a professor’s interest in reading your thesis. Make sure yours is short, direct, relevant and catchy. If your abstract does not hook you, do not expect it to hook the reader. Incorporating a taste of your methodology and some suggestions about what the reader should conclude at the end, will secure enough information for a complete abstract. How to write a thesis paper is all about the following three main sections:

Your statement

This main section should contain your suppositions in relation to the topic. Relay your theory and how you perceive the given subject matter. Be strong in your assertions, standing confident that you will soon delve into a thorough process of proving your statement.


Your method

The second main part of your thesis should explain the methodology of how you have obtained evidence to prove your statement. It should also discuss this evidence as to how it pertains to the topic.

The results and a short conclusion

Discuss the results of your research and analysis by providing suggestions and applications to the reader. How your research affects the subject should be included here. Wrap up your discussion by evaluating the implications of everything you have discussed so far. You should try and envelop everything the thesis contains in your conclusion but in as few words as possible (about 300 words).

 
 

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