How to Obtain a Master’s Degree: Thesis Writing Tips
Writing your PhD dissertation isn’t going to be an easy task. It will likely take up the greater part of the year, working on researching your topic, analyzing your content, creating an outline and writing each draft. Just like every other paper you have written in the past, your dissertation should have a central message or a main idea – your thesis statement. Here are some thesis writing tips to help you earn your master’s degree:
- Keep your idea focused.
- Don’t bury the thesis statement.
- Don’t write a thesis that is too general.
- Make sure your thesis is clear.
- Keep your thesis original.
Your thesis statement should be expressed in one or two sentences; any more than this and you haven’t written an effective thesis. It should clearly and concisely state that topic of your dissertation as well as give a focused statement of your position on that topic. Any background information can be placed in the introduction, but do keep in mind that the most effective papers will have a thesis that anyone can easily find and point to.
You should always place your thesis early in your dissertation so that your audience can find out without having to search through several paragraphs. Since a dissertation is a longer writing project, it’s okay to place your thesis in the second paragraph, but any further into your paper than this and it could mean for a lower grade.
Be sure that your thesis, and your research, is limited to only that which you can actually accomplish in your dissertation. Be sure to draft an outline of your topic so you can draw a straight line through just over the core of your content. This should be the basis of your draft thesis.
Just like the rest of your writing your thesis should be as clear as possible, without excessive or confusing words or phrases. Don’t use technical language or jargon unless you are absolutely sure your audience will know what you are talking about. Never simply assume that the meaning of a sentence or phrase is obvious. When it doubt ask a friend or a colleague to read your thesis statement.
In every circumstance it’s important that you stay away from anything resembling a formula statement or a generic argument. You might do well to start with one when you are writing your rough draft, but be sure you actively revise your thesis statement so it doesn’t simply repeat what others have said. Be creative with your language without getting too confusing with convoluted language.