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!