- By Daniel Millions
- Published 12/5/2008
The idea of writing a thesis is probably one of the most daunting tasks that you are likely to undertake in your life. The thesis will test your ability to focus constantly over a long period of time and your dedication to a particular subject or topic. So how do you write a thesis? This brief article will look at some of the important factors that need to be addressed whilst you write the thesis. Perhaps the most crucial element to starting a thesis is planning. The task of writing a thesis is such an incredibly complex project that if you do not take the time to properly thing about the problem and how best to address it, you may find that you waste a lot of time later on trying to make sense of your work. It is a good idea to write a hypothesis or a statement that relates to the key questions in your thesis. You also might want to construct a brief plan of the entire thesis that aims to demonstrate visually what the issues and problems are, what research this relates to and then link together the relevant arguments and conclusions. It can also be very useful to develop a sensible timetable for the completion of the entire thesis. So for example you might plan to complete a literature review in the first month or two and then plan to research and write the first chapter over the next few months. You definitely need to plan for and focus on a completion date. Obviously this will probably be several years ahead, but it will help to reduce the chances of distraction from the main task and also help to keep your focus.
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ally comes to writing the thesis you will find that you will be at your most productive when you have broken down the project in to much smaller and manageable parts. To think about the completion of the entire thesis is daunting and difficult to comprehend by itself. Instead initially break it down into chapters and then individual paragraphs and sub-sections. By doing this the work will not appear to be monotonous and never-ending. Your productivity levels will soar. It is also useful to try to write in uninterrupted time blocks. Try not worry too much about the factual accuracy of your writing or the spelling and grammar. The aim initially should be to construct and write the basic argument. Once this is complete, you can begin to edit the thesis and correct any errors. As you write your thesis you will undoubtedly collect and produce a huge amount of information that relates to the overall project. With this in mind, it is good practice to develop good habits at the very beginning. You should create a simple filing system so that you can easily retrieve relevant information quickly and easily. Equally important is to record the title, author and location of all the books, articles, websites, etc. that you use to develop the thesis. If you create your bibliography as you go, you will be saving yourself a big problem later on.
Finally, it cannot be stressed enough to always back up your work. Even the newest computer is capable of losing your work and so it is essential that you make several copies of your thesis and the related research. You should keep copies of the thesis on computers, cd, usb stick and also print a hard copy to ensure that you avoid any nasty surprises.