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.
Make your statement concise and focused
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
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…”
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
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
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