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Writing Tips For Thesis Statement

Thesis is a principal figure in your performance on paper. If you fail to represent it properly, you will lose the reader and the hope for a good mark. To make sure you are capable of creating the one that will help you win over your audience, learn the answers to the following questions:

What is a thesis statement?

This part is a central sentence of the paper representing the main idea. Do not confuse it with a presentation of a topic! This part of the text should reflect the author’s point of view as for the theme regarding his beliefs, experience, and knowledge.

How long should it be?

It should be a laconic presentation of the main idea of the article. It this sentence you should clearly state what the central opinion of the essay is in the shortest possible way. In the majority of cases, one sentence is quite enough to represent the principal idea, but you can extend it to two sentences if the assignment is quite lengthy itself.

Where is your thesis statement?

Traditionally, it is placed at the very beginning of the paper – in the introductory part (to be more precise, at the end of the introduction). Here it serves the best to represent the central idea of the paper to your reader and leads him to the evidence you’ve prepared in the main part. While including such statement at the beginning of introduction is a bad idea – your reader can forget about it when he will come up to the evidence base.

Is your thesis statement specific?

Your main sentence should only cover the topic you are about to discuss in your paper. Expatiating on a theme slightly related to it here will look like an amateur performance. It can make your reader think you do not know well the chosen topic and try to deflect attention away from this drawback.

Depending on the type of assignment you are writing, the specific focus of this statement can change. That of explanatory paper should provide an explanation; in argumentative writing, it should make a claim about the topic to further substantiate this claim with a specific evidence base.

Is your thesis statement too general?

Look at the words you express your idea with. If your principal sentence contains general words, expressions, and clichés you will have to replace those vague elements with more specific. Here we include the words like good, bad, successful and alike. What’s wrong with them? Well, representing your thesis this way you can fail to provide a reliable argument which consequently will prevent from persuading your reader and making a good impression on him.

Is your thesis statement clear?

Trying to make an impression on a reader some students tend to use new words and operate new concepts. Here hides a disaster. If you are not quite certain about the meaning/ the shade of meaning of some specific word you are willing to include in your main sentence, you’d better stay away from it. Confusing the concepts this way you can get into hot water. Your reader will fail to follow your train of thought from the very beginning (as thesis is placed in introduction) which will reduce his interest to the article to zero. Probably, he will not continue reading up to the end. To make sure the main statement is expressed clearly, ask several people to get acquainted with your paper. Be ready for some criticism. If the audience admits that your presentation is complicated for perception, be ready to change it.

Does your thesis include a comment about your position on the issue at hand?

Do not confuse thesis and the topic announcement. This part of your paper should reflect the position the author takes and in what way the plans to evaluate the matter in discussion. Do not just state the fact announcing what is already proven, but determine the “angle” you are interested in and do not oversimplify complex ideas.

Is your thesis statement original?                                   

To make the paper reflect your opinion you should avoid formula statements because your reader will not get interested in ideas that he has already read hundreds of times. Though such approximate statement will do for the first draft, you need to revise it again and again to make it sound yours. Try to reflect in your main statement why the matter in discussion is worthy of reader’s attention. Replace all the generic words and “to be” expressions with specific equivalents to sharpen and clarify what you mean. Quoting is not a way out if you are eager to make this part of your paper attract the attention of the audience to the rest of your paper. To cope with this task, you should find the best possible way of self-expression as a writer.

Brevity is the soul of wit, and if you cope with the proper presentation of the central part of your assignment, you will cope with the rest of paper. Just be yourself and keep core concepts of thesis formation in mind!

How To Write Strong Thesis Statement

To write a strong thesis is half of the task. This part of assignment consists of just one or two sentences, but it serves an engine making the author proceed in writing. Here every word is worth its weight in gold. And you’d better do your best to form a worthy central sentence before offering the article to your reader. A sophisticated audience like teachers easily differentiates a weak statement from a strong one. This disillusion will be reflected in your grade. Be sure no evidence base can save your paper if thesis is weak, but the good news is that you can master this craft if you stick to several aspects.

What is a “thesis statement”?

This statement is a central message of the whole article, your main idea that you want to share with the reader. The evidence base you provide in the main part of your paper should reflect this position. For the reader, it serves a road map allowing to see what to expect from your paper. Usually, it is about one or two-sentence length that means you need to create a laconic presentation of your opinion on the topic.

Types of thesis statements

The presentation of the central statement depends on the type of assignment you work on. If your task is an informative essay, you should inform the audience of your plan and guide to the terminative part. In an analytical essay, it breaks down and evaluates the subject in discussion. In expository it represents facts and research. A thesis of argumentative writing makes a claim about the topic and includes some point to illustrate how the author defends it. For persuasive writing, include in it your position and grounding explaining why it is true. To sum up, in the majority of assignments, be it narrative, argumentative, or compare and contrast writing (except for informative essay), your task is to represent your opinion and argue it.

Styles of thesis statements

The style of your essay thesis is connected with the volume of your paper: what is good for a lengthy assignment is not helpful with a short task and vice versa.

  • The first one is based on a presentation of two points. This style is perfect for brief tasks which main part consists of two or three paragraphs. The best example is the structure of a five-paragraph essay. In such thesis, include the reasons for your opinion that you will further tie to the corresponding evidence in the central part of your paper to create a decent road map for your reader. This type of structure is typically used in middle and high school.
  • Another one is based on one backbone point uniting all the body paragraphs. When the volume of the task is about six pages or more, you can hardly fit in the structure of a five-paragraph essay with its three central paragraphs providing evidence. Just as well, you will fail to mention all your reasons in the thesis. When studying in college, you will need to extend your horizons in this concern: your writing should become more versatile as you will have no limits as for the number of paragraphs. In this case, you need to include one backbone point uniting all the paragraphs.

Differentiating characteristics of a solid thesis

The structure of your writing and correspondence to format are not the only things to keep in mind when creating the main sentence. To ascertain your central statement will help you persuade your reader, have a look at the set of qualities it should correspond to.

  • A thesis should be a complete sentence providing both summary of your position and description of the target of your writing. Having read this sentence, the reader should get a clue of what made you choose this topic.
  • A strong statement represents a debatable claim. Aiming at the interaction with your audience, you need to ascertain the idea is not obvious, and some people may have a different opinion than that of the author.
  • Depending on the volume of your assignment, you need to determine how broad the chosen topic can be which influence the area of research and the thesis as a presentation of the author’s focus directly. Make it as clear as possible: focus on some aspect and ascertain your evidence base will support it.
  • Traditional thesis consists of one sentence which includes at least two clauses representing the author’s position and the reasons. It is about two lines, which in figures is 30 to 40 words.
  • The best possible position for a central statement is the last two or three sentences of the introductory part. Here it functions to its fullest: the reader gets the clue about what the essay is about right before acquaintance with the evidence.

Well, that’s it! Thesis statement can become your best card if you take into account the details mentioned above when trying to compose a decent central sentence for your essay.