We are all different, what works for some does not work for others. So you will find many manuals to do things and say, “but it does not work for me”, for this reason, in this article we leave you some general writing advice that will allow you to write your thesis even if you are not an expert writing texts.
It is true that some people were born with the linguistic intelligence that allows them to get along with writing, this type of people may find it easier to write their documents; However, this does not mean that others can not write a text, only that they need a little more dedication to achieve it.
Writing a thesis can seem like an ordeal, because it is related to late nights, advisor reprimands, fear, frustration and anxiety, and it is not for less; recently we conducted a study where we found impressive results the level of stress that this process can generate in students and the consequences on their health.
It must be said that there is no single method to build a degree work, this depends on the subject, the objective, the methodology, etc. But mainly, it depends on the researcher; of his way of working, of his perseverance and commitment, of his availability of time and resources, and of his attitude towards the thesis.
However, there are writing strategies that can be very useful, even to build the thesis, namely:
- Once you have chosen the research objective, built your schedule of activities, and that your thesis topic has been approved in your faculty. It is necessary that you separate that great objective in subgoals so that it is easier to reach it. According to Henry Ford: “Any goal, no matter how big it may be, can be achieved, if you put in enough small pieces.”
- Let the ideas flow, even in a disorderly way, but write them down where you can so you do not forget them. What they call “brainstorming” does work, and usually leads to great results. After having a long or small list of ideas, select those that you consider most relevant to your project. This advice works well, both to choose a topic to investigate, and to advance in the construction of the final document.
- Now, take the chosen ideas and argue them, this means that you must develop each idea as detailed as possible, beware, it is not about extending 100 pages for each idea, but trying to make clear its purpose. Lean on authors and theories, on practical examples and on your own knowledge, so that there is clarity about it.
- Once you do the above you will have a large amount of information about your thesis. Now you must organize it! Take the sub-objectives and classify the information according to these, in this way you will have one or more chapters ready according to your need (remember that for an undergraduate thesis, between three and four chapters are sufficient, each with an extension of between 15 and 20 pages, unless required by the university). This is the secret of the writers and the people who build great projects; you should not stick to an established order at the beginning, because everything changes in the process.
While you should keep in mind your schedule of activities, this is not a straitjacket, and I assure you that by following these three steps you will achieve more and better results in terms of thesis content.
But, what happens if your thesis is applied? Well, even if the thesis is applied, it should always have a theoretical component, so you can use the previous advice for that component. And as for the practical, the most advisable is:
- Design a working day to develop the practical part, through which you apply your information collection instrument or make the necessary intervention, it is very important that the whole process is documented and with the dates in which it was carried out. cape. This will allow you to take control.
- As you have advanced your document regarding the theoretical part, find a good place in this to include the practical part; as in the first one, write in the way you consider easier and then change places, eliminate or expand what seems necessary.
Before finishing, we leave you some practical tips to apply them when writing your final thesis document:
- Do not include ideas from other authors in a textual manner without mentioning it in your text. Even if you do not do it professionally, leaving a link or its name is enough so that in the end you or the style editor can build this appointment according to the APA, Vancouver or other format.
- To have an organized text, it is necessary to list the ideas, explanations or affirmations about X or Y subject, for that we advise you the following: if it is in the same paragraph and they are very short words or phrases, do it with commas; if they are medium-long sentences that are separated with commas internally, use semicolons; if these phrases are short but they must be in a specific order, use numbers within the paragraph (a, b, c … 1,2,3 …); if they are paragraphs (three or more lines) separate them from the text, place them in blocks with a bit of indentation and use bullets, or numbering according to their classification.
- To avoid redundancy, make a checklist on the topics that you must address throughout the document, and once you are writing about them, check them or delete them from it; this way you will avoid talking about the same thing in several sections of the thesis.
- Do not go back to see if what you are wearing is fine, because you can get frustrated. Expect to finish your argument and organize it completely to reread, at the beginning when we write many times the paragraphs do not make sense, but then, we include an appointment, we put an example, we add a connector and eureka! we have a wonderful and quality text.
- When you finish the process you will have a final document that needs to be revised to correct grammatical, spelling and coherence errors; before this, it is best to leave it in the hands of an expert in style correction. We are not saying that you can not take care of some details, but, it is better to concentrate on the content, this will save time for the most important things in your thesis and also, it will reduce your stress.
Do not forget to download your “Thesis Manual” so that you can progress more quickly in your thesis. Cheer up! Remember that you can achieve everything you set out to do; Now you need to take the first step.