Writing your thesis - University of Glasgow
Writing Your Thesis - Paul Oliver - Google Books
Your thesis sentence determines what you will discuss in your paper. It also determines what you won't discuss. Every paragraph in your paper exists in order to support your thesis and its claim. Accordingly, if one of your paragraphs seems irrelevant, you have two choices: get rid of the paragraph, or rewrite your thesis so that it is complex enough to embrace the whole of your argument.
Top tips when writing your postgraduate thesis or dissertation
In the ideal situation, you will be able to spend a large part---perhaps a majority---of your time writing your thesis. This may be bad for your physical and mental health.
Now that you have decided, at least tentatively, what information you plan to present in your essay, you are ready to write your thesis statement.Using his extensive experience as a successful thesis supervisor, the author outlines: the purpose of the thesis and what it should achieve; strategies for organizing your work as you write your thesis; how to the incorporate a theoretical perspective; sound techniques of academic writing; how to benefit from your supervisors' experience; what to do about publishing preliminary findings; and tips on preparing for the oral examination.2. Write down your ideas. This will allow you to revisit anidea later on. Or, you can modify and change an idea. If you don't writeyour ideas they tend to be in a continual state of change and you will probablyhave the feeling that you're not going anywhere. What a great feeling itis to be able to sit down and scan the many ideas you have been thinkingabout, if they're written down. Before you start writing your thesis, it is a good idea to look at some previous theses to see what the finished ones look like. Ask your supervisor to recommend the best examples.As you write your thesis, your scientific writing is almost certain to improve. Even for native speakers of English who write very well in other styles, one notices an enormous improvement in the first drafts from the first to the last chapter written. The process of writing the thesis is like a course in scientific writing, and in that sense each chapter is like an assignment in which you are taught, but not assessed. Remember, only the final draft is assessed: the more comments your adviser adds to first or second draft, the better.Before you start writing your thesis, it is a good idea to look at some previous theses to see what the finished ones look like. Ask your supervisor to recommend the best examples.