Ground Rules of Thesis Writing

There are a number of important issues that determine whether university students will present a well written thesis. Below you will find some of the basic rules that the students need to borrow from if they want to earn appreciation from the professionals who will be evaluating the papers.

Study the thesis that needs to be presented

a) An analytical thesis is normally divided into different sections. Partitioned content is then researched and explored and findings presented to an audience.

b) An explanatory (expository) thesis is a study where everything is made known in detail to the reader.

c) An argumentative thesis with supportive evidence in its format has claims that are normally presented in such a way that the audience will be convinced. The aim of such papers is to ensure that the audience agrees totally with what the writer has to say.

When the thesis does not take up any of the above formats, it is just a narrative. The writer therefore has to mention precisely the modalities of the paper in the first paragraph. This helps the reader to know what it is all about.

Content of the thesis should be specific and precise and at the same time should be in line with the topic that has been mentioned.

At the end of the first paragraph, it should have the thesis statement. In case there are any changes as you continue to write, make sure that they are reflected in the thesis statement.

Examples of thesis statements

An analytical thesis statement

“An analysis of the politicians in the election fray reveals one challenge facing the electorate: voting for inexperienced candidates or the ones who are experienced but corrupt.”

The paper would read as:

Explain an analysis of the upcoming elections

Explain the challenges that the voters face

An explanatory (expository) thesis statement

“The politicians visit the villages only during elections; the rest of the time is spent on manipulation and deceit.”

The paper would read as follows

Present an argument with the evidence that will be used to support the claim that the politicians usually do not serve the electorate that elected them in the first place. More on thesis transcription

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How to come up with a Thesis Statement

Defining a thesis statement

Almost everyone looks consciously or subconsciously into the first sentences of an essay to find a condensation of the analysis or argument that will follow into the main article. This condensation is refereed to as a thesis statement.

  • Why do essays have thesis statements?
  • To test the ideas by condensing them into a single or two sentences
  • For better organization and development of the argument
  • To provide the readers with a guide in regards to your argument

In general, the thesis statement usually accomplishes the above goals if it answers the questions that the paper will explore.

How do you write a great thesis statement?

Some of the hints that you many find useful for this include:

How to generate a thesis statement when you have been assigned a topic

How to generate a thesis statement when the topic has not been assigned

How to differentiate a strong thesis statement from a weak one

Generating a thesis statement when the topic has been assigned

No matter how complicated an assignment is it is possible to reduce it to one question. The first step is to find a way to distill the assignment so that it becomes a specific question. E.g. an assignment can read: “write a report to the local school board explaining the potential benefits of using computers in a fourth grade class”. The request can be turned into a question that will read; “what are the potential benefits of using computers in the fourth grade class”. Once you have selected the question that the essay will answer, compose a sentence or two that answer the question.

Q. “What are the potential benefits of using computers in the fourth grade class?”

A. “The potential benefits of using computers in the fourth grade class are …”

Or

A: “using computers in a fourth grade class promises to improve…”

The thesis statement that will be used for the essay is the answer to the question.

Generating a thesis statement when the topic has not been assigned

Even when the assignment does not have a specific question, the thesis statement has to answer one. This will include

  • A reasonable subject that might have controversy
  • A subject that can be treated adequately
  • Expresses the main idea
  • Asserts the conclusions

Differentiating a strong thesis from a weak one

Features of a strong thesis include:

  • It has a stand
  • It justifies the discussion
  • It expresses the main idea
  • It is specific

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