How do you ensure that your essays will meet the expectations of your teachers? Well, for starters, you should express your ideas clearly, coherently, and concisely. The main purpose is to make a point, support a thesis, and lead the reader to the inevitable conclusion that the facts presented lead to.
However, writing a dissertation requires real skills that you will be able to hone with time and hard work. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn some of our best tips for writing a dissertation.
1. Present your thesis clearly and concisely
Your thesis statement should present your topic and position in one sentence. After doing all your research, you may feel like you could never write a statement that short. To help you out, think about how you would briefly present it to someone outside of your professional field. For example, imagine a family member asking you questions at dinner. Your thesis statement should clearly express your opinion and summarize your argument. You will add nuance later in the rest of your essay.
If you don’t understand the subject you are dealing with or if you have doubts about your understanding of the subject, don’t go into it. There are mistakes that the exercise does not forgive. The first of these mistakes is misunderstanding the subject. You have probably already heard of off-topic. That’s what it’s all about.
To complete this step, you can formulate a problematic related to the topic. This gives an idea of what your development will be. Indeed, the problematic is a question or a set of questions to which you will have to provide answers in the body of the assignment. It, therefore, depends largely on the instructions: explain, discuss, comment.
The plan of the subject follows the instructions. It can be analytical if the assignment calls for you to support and develop the thesis expressed in the subject, or dialectical, insofar as the assignment invites you to underline the limits of the subject’s thesis after having shown its merits.
2. Support your thesis statement
For your argument to be valid, you must support it with strong secondary sources. While Wikipedia allows you to find many secondary sources, it is not strictly speaking a credible source. Depending on your topic, look for studies or research articles. Articles from industry journals such as The Journal of Hotel and Business Management and the Journal Of Homosexuality and Language are particularly useful. Also, these articles include many references to the original studies and analysis.
3. Create a detailed outline
The other thing to avoid is to start writing your essay without first developing a plan. Many candidates make this mistake and pay dearly for it. The plan is like the skeleton of a body. The way it is developed determines the structure of the exercise. The unstructured plan is, in fact, the foundation for the organization of your ideas in the essay.
In your detailed plan, including all the elements that will go into your essay, but do not expand on them:
- Guiding ideas
- Logical connections.
The detailed plan is done in a linear fashion, one element after another. It is your guide, your compass, your dashboard. It is your guide, your compass, your dashboard. It tells you what you still have to do in relation to what you have already done.
4. Write a simple and coherent introduction
The introduction is the gateway to your essay. It announces what will be found in it. Therefore, it can give, rightly or wrongly, a bad or good impression of your essay. Therefore, you must take care of your introduction by writing as simply as possible, without mistakes or erasures. Spend time on your introduction. Give it what will make it special and unique.
Regardless of the subject matter of your essay, remember to organize your introduction into three main parts: introducing the topic and posing the problem, formulating the issue, and announcing the plan. You can introduce the problem in different ways:
- By defining a keyword
- By going from the general to the specific
- By analogy or by contrasting quotations
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