Tips and Tricks on Writing a Great Thesis Statement

Carmina Bayombong

Oh, the dreaded thesis phase.

For most college students, this stage, from developing a statement right down to defending your study, is in a way the most decisive aptitude test that sums up all that you have learned in your school years. Naturally, you’d want to give it all you’ve got and lay down on paper how much knowledge power you’ve stacked up over the years.

Every great thesis begins with a statement or valuable insight. This main point is what your professors will further ponder upon, gather new information from, and challenge truths. From then on, each corresponding step becomes easier as you get more information about your chosen topic.

Your thesis structure is actually very simple. Take a house for example. Your topic statement would be the pillar that holds your roof from falling to the floor. It must control and summarize your entire thesis in a way that it also captures the interest of your reader. It should prove that everything contained in your thesis is important and worth the read.

But how does one craft a great and effective thesis statement? Follow these simple rules which can also teach you how to go about your succeeding tasks during your thesis phase.

Get ready for nights spent typing on your keyboard!

Make your statement concise and focused

Always aim to craft concise sentences that deliver a complete idea without the use of excess words. While it may take a while to perfect, don’t lose hope and avoid stuffing all your good ideas into your statement.

The main key here is to focus on one topic and present your position effectively. Review what you have written and revise as necessary until your statement is able to tell your readers what your topic is about and what side of the argument you are taking.

Determine the position and voice of your statement

Your thesis statement should appear within your introduction, not later than your second paragraph.

The objective is to capture your reader’s interest early on and make them feel guided as they read the flow of your work. Remember that a compelling statement does not come late into your paper, is strong, and free of clichés such as “on the other hand…”, or “my point is…”
Avoid contractions when writing your thesis!
Scholarly articles are not to be written down as you would a blog post or feature article because your audience expects that you address them with the utmost respect and esteem. Try studying the appropriate terms you should apply in your thesis and avoid contractions like “can’t”, “she’ll” or “should’ve” which can all make your work sound too informal.

As mentioned earlier, your thesis phase is the ultimate aptitude test so make sure you still remember your basic and advanced grammar rules that you have learned from elementary to high school as they actually matter a lot!

Make your statement clear and specific

Always review and rewrite your thesis statement until you get the best specific statement you can present. This entails reviewing your arguments and postulations along the way to suit what you have written. Get ready for a lot of time, work and effort on just one or two sentences.
Remember, do your research!
To illustrate, think of how a child evolves into an adult with certain physical and mental changes throughout the years. Similarly, your thesis statement is like a baby that develops with ample thought as time goes by. The great thing about this process is that once you come up with a great statement, you’ll find that your arguments are likewise more refined and you have somehow mastered important information you can use for your paper.

Lastly, be patient and determine if your grammar is correct and intelligible, and most of all, that your sentences are aligned in thought.

Avoid general statements

One common mistake some students make when developing a thesis statement is crafting general sentences that can broaden the perspective of their readers. The idea is to get your readers to focus on one topic and in your ensuing argument. You can avoid general statements by taking the meat of your study and craft a statement that will strengthen your main idea. Don’t stretch your arguments and try to narrow it down into a more concentrated thought.

For example, instead of writing:

Young people are becoming interested in climate change.

You may try to revise your statement as:

Because Facebook has created an avenue for dialogue, millennials are now more informed on Climate Change.

By this, you get to state your position about how a certain representative (millennials), is enabled (informed), about a social issue (Climate Change), due to a tool (Facebook), and can state your arguments and facts from there.

Try to be original

You will surely get your professors’ attention with an original idea that has not been tackled as much before.
Gain interest by tackling topics that are relevant and important
When thinking of a topic, avoid probing sensitive subjects when you know you are unarmed with ample information since it will only raise more questions than answers. If you can prove that your statement can present important new ideas that are worth discussing, then you will soon be on your way to writing down a great thesis and embarking on an interesting path of knowledge along the way.

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