Getting prepared to Thesis writing
Starting Your Project
The first step will be an outline. Think of the basic structure for your thesis, its sections and subsections. List all essential points needed to be included in every section. Your outline should be up to 5 pages long. Once an outline is ready, you will discuss it with your advisor and remove or add some information.
How Long Will It Take You to Write a Thesis?
More than you expect. It is reasonable to leave at least for the writing part even after all the main work has been complete. It is not the typing which will eat up your time, but the process of fine-tuning your arguments, results and inferences. Your paper will be carefully scrutinized by the expert committee, so you have to make everything right.
Another concern is that it will be the first time your supervisor will see the formal expression of concepts and ideas. Some misunderstandings may appear and, therefore, it is necessary to allow ample time to sort them out. Do remember that supervisors also often take their time to review your thesis.
Keep in Mind Your Readers’ Awareness:although your readers will be familiar with the subject in general, they will not be likely to be as up-to-date as you. So explain new complicated concepts clearly.
Don’t Make Your Audience Think Too Hard:You know what they are looking for in your thesis. Present the ideas and results directly and explicitly. The easier it is for them to understand your research question, approach, rationale and conclusions, the higher your chances for success are.
The bottom line is you cannot be too explicit. Explain in detail, highlight essential parts and make it easy for your reader to see your point.
Remember, your thesis summarizes your research work and doesn’t necessarily retell the sequence of steps taken.
Steer clear of using phrases like “Obviously, you see that…” or ‘Clearly, it follows that…” Some of your readers might not understand something not because they are stupid, but because you explained it badly.
Avoidusing claims which are your personal opinions. Usually examiners tend to pick on such sentences and ask for evidence or proof why you think that something is true.