I. General Thesis Tips
This is the part one of the thesis tips. Of course you can use this tips and guides for your case study, research paper and term paper.
DEFINITION: A thesis (from Greek θέσις position) is an intellectual proposition. A thesis statement is the statement that begins a formal essay or argument, or that describes the central argument of an academic paper or proposition. In academia, a thesis or dissertation is a document that presents the author’s research and findings and is submitted in support of candidature for a degree or professional qualification.
A thesis is usually a scientific report. Scientific writing eliminates personal style; scientific writing should all be he your unique and creative personal writing style for your next novel.” (Zale) A thesis is a great way for them to see how well a student can do. The thesis defense is a long-awaited and hard-earned personal event, as well as a major professional presentation.
The purpose of your thesis is to clearly document an original contribution to knowledge. You may develop computer programs, prototypes, or other tools as a means of proving your points, but remember, the thesis is not about the tool, it is about the contribution to knowledge. Tools such as computer programs are fine and useful products, but you can’t get an advanced degree just for the tool. You must use the tool to demonstrate that you have made an original contribution to knowledge; e.g., through its use, or ideas it embodies. The contribution to knowledge of a Master’s thesis can be in the nature of an incremental improvement in an area of knowledge, or the application of known techniques in a new area. The Ph.D. must be a substantial and innovative contribution to knowledge.
Writing in college often takes the form of persuasion, i.e. convincing others that you have an interesting, logical point of view on the subject you are studying. Persuasion is a skill you practice regularly in your daily life. You persuade your roommate to clean up, your parents to let you borrow the car, your friend to vote for your favorite candidate or policy. In college, course assignments often ask you to make a persuasive case in writing. You are asked to convince your reader of your point of view. This form of persuasion, often called academic argument, follows a predictable pattern in writing.
A thesis statement is not a: (1) A promise or statement of purpose. (2) A topic or subject by itself. (3) A question. (4) A few words added to title but not forming a complete sentence.
Quality, not quantity is the objective. No matter how good your research is, you MUST write a good thesis. Choose your topic early.
Condition Yourself. Writing a thesis is an emotional as well as an intellectual challenge. Frustration, anxiety, and stress are part of it, but so are excitement, engagement and concentrated focus. People are different, but the most successful are those who find a way to channel their emotions into their work, to use their emotional energy to help them work rather than letting it get in their way. Commit, engage, and let yourself get swept up in the process, and you’ll be okay.