How Do You Write A Thesis Paper - General Guide

There are any number of articles, blogs and websites which offer advice on how to write a thesis paper. You can find lots of general advice and if you read more carefully, lots of specific advice.

From the beginning you should always remember that many of the old ways, many of the tips which are still being promoted today still work. In creating your thesis you should remember that there is no point in reinventing the wheel. What experienced academics have said and go on saying about good solid guidelines is just as true today as it was when thesis writing began. So here are some general guidelines to help you in your thesis writing project.

  • Be bold, be specific and do so early.
  • Forget flowery and vague language.
  • Look for the flow affect.
  • Do not hammer home your argument.

There are heaps of guidelines which can be found in the places mentioned above which deal with the way you research information for your thesis, the way you notate and store this research material, as well as guidelines on constant contact with your supervisor, getting feedback from a variety of sources and so on. But in this article we are to concentrate on some more specific aspects of the actual writing.

You need to convince the reader of your thesis as quickly as possible. Even from the opening sentence of your introduction, you need to leave the reader in no doubt whatsoever as to your argument and point of view. Make this point of view specific. Don't beat around the bush. And right from the beginning put down a marker.

It might look good on paper and it might even sound interesting when read aloud, but flowery language rarely helps in the score received for a thesis. Clever use of language is always welcome but overdoing it with masses of adjectives and adverbs only gets in the way of the message you are trying to propose.

Once you have established some or most of the material in your thesis and particularly when you come to the editing and proofreading stage, look for a connection between sections. How does the writing flow from one paragraph to the next? It should lead naturally into the following passage.

While it is vital that you are absolutely clear in the point or points you are making in your thesis, there is no need to hammer this point home. A little bit of subtlety never goes astray.

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