Comprehensive thesis writing guidelines from A to Z

Writing a thesis can be extremely stressful and hard for many students around the world. It requires considerable time and effort to be devoted to, and this can make students feel really anxious about the results. After all who wants to spend hundreds of hours working on a paper that will not be graded well.

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Fortunately for you, there are many guidelines you can follow, which can drastically improve your result. Even though this guide does not focus on the content, as every student will have a different topic to write about, you can greatly improve your result by having writing well and having a good structure to your work.

Topics

The topic you write about can greatly affect the result of your work. You should choose a topic that has a plethora of ongoing research and source material that you can easily find and talk about during the course of your writing. If you chose a topic with scant resources to refer to then you will have a hard time hitting the targets needed for a successful dissertation.

Another thing you need to ensure when choosing a topic is to choose one that genuinely interests you. If you chose a topic that you find boring or have no passion for, then this will be reflected in your writing and will drag your grade down.

Abstract

The abstract of a thesis gives your audience information about why the paper is important. This should be approximately 400 words, and a few paragraphs. You should answer questions such as:

  • What did you do?
  • How did you do it?
  • Why did you undertake this research?
  • The results of your research
  • What are the consequences of your work?

This should be a concise section just explaining the overview of your work.

Introduction

Your introduction should be an overview of what you will plan to do in your paper. You should explain why your research was important, but do not repeat it from the abstract. Another important piece of information should include in your introduction is to give your reader an overview of the current state of the subject you are writing about. There should be citations to other studies that are relevant to your work.

A good introduction can only be written once you know how the rest of your paper will look like. For this reason many students choose to write their introduction after they have completed the rest of their work.

Methodology

This is an extremely important part of your thesis. In this section you will explain to your reader what methods you undertook to carry out your research, and analyze these methods. You should explain exactly the methods your used in detail and some questions you should answer are:

  • How rigorous was your method?
  • How easily could someone else replicate it?
  • What were the drawbacks to the methods you used?
  • What assumptions were made?

Results and Discussion

For this section you show the reader the results you acquired as a result of your research and then analyze these results. In your analysis you need to state what the consequences of these results are, what you feel could be the impact of them, how does it link with previous research you cited in your thesis and how others will feel about your research.

Conclusion

This is brief summarization of your paper. You should reiterate the important findings that you discovered and your key analysis on this.

This A-Z guideline on how to compose a dissertation will be very helpful when it comes down to organizing your work since many students can become bogged down by the sheer volume of writing they are required to do.

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