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Thesis Writing Tutorial: How to Write a Brilliant Paper

In order to write an excellent thesis, you need to have an excellent statement. This is where it all begins. The statement should easily allow the reader to understand what the paper is going to be about, and it is this statement which sets the framework for all of the text to follow. By completing the easy steps below, you will be able to present a properly formatted thesis paper that is clear, concise, and to the point.

  • The first page should be the "Title" page, containing all relevant author and educational institution information.
  • An "Abstract" of roughly 400 words should be the next page. It contains explicit answers to questions such as what you did, why you did it, the questions you were attempting to answer, how you accomplished it, what you learned from the major results, and why what you did matters.
  • The next page is for the "Table of Contents". It should contain all headings and subheadings with appropriate page numbers, along with a list of tables and a list of figures.
  • The "Introduction" belongs on the next page. It should contain some type of hook that engages the interest of the reader. Also to be included is background information, what will be discussed in the remainder of the paper, and previous research that has been done on the topic.
  • The next section deals with the "Methods" that you used. It is important to give the reader enough information to assess whether or not they believe your results, any information that would be required for another researcher to replicate what you did, a complete description of materials, the procedures, and any calculations, techniques, or special equipment that you used.
  • On the "Results" page is where you will record all of your observations, any important statements, graphs, tables, and statistics, and negative, as well as positive, results.
  • The "Discussion" page should clearly make a summary of the most important results, along with evidence supporting each interpretation, or line of reasoning. Also important to be answered on this page is why your results are significant.
  • On the "Conclusion" page, you will give a summary of what you have learned, and whether or not the hypothesis was proven, or disproven. It is important to make a strong statement in the conclusion, something that people who are reading it will remember.
  • The last four pages are fairly self-explanatory but they should always be included under the following titles: "Recommendations", "Acknowledgements", "References", and "Appendices". It can be helpful to keep a running list of these as you go along. This way, when it is time to add them in to the paper, they are in a logical order, and nothing has been left out.

Not every section needs to be written in the order that it has been given, although it has to be included in that order. For example, it is often much easier to write the introduction last, once you know exactly what you will be writing about. By following the above list, you will ensure that nothing gets forgotten, and that your final thesis paper is in a logical, easy-to-read format.