Practical Advice on How to Write a Masters Thesis

If you are dreaming or got acceptance to do master’s degree, then it would be great decision for career. Listening to other people’s opinion and thoughts often hold back you to make a decision. Seniors and friends might confuse you about thesis as it requires motivation, dedication and hard work to finish it but opting thesis is far better than doing nothing in life.

Thesis is the most extensive and detail piece of academic writing that you have ever completed. It is the longest efforts of a person who invest months to research a problem and comes up with novel solution of it. As you go for higher studies, you have to complete bigger goals to attain it but at this point working on thesis should be your main focus. This post is to clear your basic understanding of the thesis about what and how to write it.

Don’t start without a plan

You can’t start your thesis without a topic and a plan. First search out for topics that are currently in issue and need research to highlight its mechanism and critical analysis. The topic should be interesting and exciting that you can willing keep working on. Don’t choose a topic that don’t have enough data available in database. Do initial research to come across with a question that still needs to be answered.

Making a plan is always effective in achieving your goal. Have a schedule and a diary where you write your daily and monthly task along with few days off because it is important to take some rest. Communicate with your supervisor on weekly basis to inform them about the experiment and also set up small milestone on daily basis to keep yourself on track.

Read regularly

Develop a habit to read and write regularly. To write a good thesis, you must have command on your knowledge and information about the topic. So read enough to write a good introduction and literature and carry meaningful information in your research questions. Don’t get distracted by reading lengthy paper and full book instead come up specific keywords and search for it.

Most of the time is spend in drawing conclusion and analysis from your results. You should have knowledge background of tools and techniques that can be available through reading.

Gather enough proofs from research

Writing a thesis is not writing a letter or blog that you say anything without any proof. The answers, arguments and facts mention in literature review should be supported by credible source of online databases and books. Collect articles that support or reject your hypothesis and establish a link how these are related or why people ignoring this fact.

Start write up

After deciding the topic and doing homework of research, you need to gear up and start the writing process. It isn’t easy but only require time. The thesis is divided into following section and carry different piece of information.

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Literature review
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • References

Student got confusion from where to start writing. Every person has different opinion but I think it should be first from method and results, then discussion and then move to introduction and literature which takes time and effort. At the end write conclusion and abstract and give final touch to your thesis by formatting and adding page number.

Editing and proofread

A person experience in academic writing can’t even write thesis in first attempt. Ask help from seniors that can pinpoint your mistakes and guide about what and how to write it. Sometime they advise to have additional figure in results section to interpret it more effectively. Supervisors are experience and well-versed in their field so that will definitely give you ideas in editing your thesis. At the end, don’t forger to proofread and correct grammatical mistakes, it will make your thesis shine.


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