Valuable Advice From a Former Student on Thesis Writing

Identifying The Purpose

First on the agenda is that you need to identify what kind of paper you will be writing so that your thesis statement can be formed accordingly. If you aren’t aware by now, there are generally three purposes that you can choose from: analytical, expository and argumentative. Here is a quick description of the three:

  • Analytical: with an analytical paper, you are expected to identify an issue and break it down, exploring it from all angles and presenting your findings.
  • Expository: the expository paper is also referred to as an explanatory paper because that’s exactly what you will be required to do.
  • Argumentative: with the argumentative paper, you are required to make a claim or to clearly outline your stance on an issue and using evidence to substantiate this claim.

You may be wondering why it’s necessary to understand and determine the purpose of your paper. This is very helpful to you as you can select the writing style that you are best able to manage. For example, if you believe you are not necessarily the best at analyzing data and information, you would want to stay away from selecting a thesis statement based on analysis.

After identifying your paper ensure you do the following to write a good thesis paper:

  • Select a thesis statement that embodies a concern that is of great interest to you. Don’t just select a random statement but choose one that will be beneficial to you.
  • Do in-depth research. Don’t gloss over sources and pick random quotes just to pad your thesis paper. Do actual research and refer to the most useful information that supports what you have to say.
  • Know your style guide. Faculties usually write papers according to APA or MLA style. Find out which you will be required to use to format your paper.
  • Pay attention to grammar. Grammar is important. Re-read your work or even have someone else proof-read it for you.
  • Clarify any doubts with your professor.
  • Do not plagiarize. Give credit where it is due.

I hope you find this advice very useful as you are preparing to write your own thesis paper and happy writing!

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