A Thesis-Writing Checklist For Beginners

Anything you need to do becomes easier once you know the steps you are required to take. This is true even of theses. If you want to write one and have it really shine, there are certain things that are necessary actions. They are as follows:

Picking a good subject

There are infinite topics on which a thesis can be written. If you choose poorly, you may sentence yourself to months looking into one of the more difficult ones with very little hope of positive results at the end. You may choose something that is overdone or so controversial that your fellow students will not look at your work. Choose wisely to avoid this.

Gathering the necessary data

A good topic must be supported by strong data collection skills. If possible you should actually do a preliminary search for information before you actually select the topic. This can stop you from being stuck in an academic wasteland where no relevant information for your concept can be found.

Performing relevant statistical analyses

The data will have to be put through statistical analysis so that you can draw strong conclusions from it. Without this step all you would be presenting is figures and tables that do not clearly point in one direction or another. If you began with a hypothesis, you need to explain if the data supported it or not. Were you surprised by the direction your evidence pointed or was it exactly as you expected? Do not leave this to the reader to infer. State it plainly.

Compiling the findings

At this stage you will need to put the information and your findings together into a cohesive project. Depending on the style your writing is expected to take this may turn out in different ways. Look at the guideline booklet for your style and make sure that you have obeyed all of the rules it sets out to the best of your ability.

Reviewing the finished product

You should be very close to completion at this point. It is necessary that you look over everything you have done here. This stops you from submitting incomplete or unprofessional work. If you lack the patience to do this thoroughly, hire someone who will do the job instead.

The only thing left for you at this point is submission. You should be proud of yourself having followed all the steps to a great thesis.

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