Writing a thesis statement doesn’t have to be a boring or frustrating ordeal as long as you know how to write it properly.
Sit back, relax, and take a read at this blog post, which is aimed at assisting you in writing a good thesis statement that leaves your professor impressed.
Here are 5 simple steps on how to write a thesis statement. However, before we get to the good stuff, we thought it would be nice to recall what a thesis statement actually is at its core.
What’s a Thesis Statement?
A thesis statement is written at the end of your paper’s introductory paragraph. It comes in handy when you want to better explain what your paper is all about, while sharing your opinion and reasoning with the reader, it’s particularly useful during thesis defense.
Including a thesis in your paper is necessary so that readers know what to expect, while keeping them interested in reading further.
You’ve probably read numerous research papers which might have left big question marks after just reading the first paragraph. This is because it wasn’t clearly stated early on what the research paper was about; it was missing a thesis statement, which is why it left such a big question mark to begin with.
Hopefully, we have established that the significance of a thesis statement is not to be underestimated. Without further ado, here are 5 simple steps to writing a great thesis statement.
1. Picking a Good Topic
It can be said that a thesis statement is actually a long version of your topic. For example, if you want to write about interstellar travel then your thesis statement would describe your opinion on that particular topic.
2. Getting Specific
Once you have chosen a topic, start developing a thesis statement based on your opinions and ideas. However, a thesis statement needs to be specific so that every reader understands what your paper is all about; there is absolutely zero room for leaving anything to chance or generally leaving your reader confused. For instance, here is how you would describe a thesis statement with “interstellar travel” as your subject matter:
Interstellar travel isn’t quite a possibility even in this modern era but scientists believe that in 100 years or so, humans will be able to make the impossible, possible.
Observe: although it’s quite obvious the topic is interstellar travel, we have specified in what light we will be discussing it; i.e. when it will be possible for us to travel beyond galaxies. Similarly, you have to incorporate the same level of specificity so that your reader knows what’s in store for them.
3. Argue a Little in Your Thesis Statement
You need to be a little argumentative in your thesis statement to make your point. Since a thesis is usually about ‘proving a statement’, an argument in most cases becomes essential.
Here is a revised version of the thesis statement mentioned above:
Interstellar travel may look like a distant dream in this modern era, but scientists believe that in a 100 years or so, humans would be able to make the impossible, possible.
In the above example, the thesis argues about the possibility of interstellar travel.
4. Talking about the ‘Why’ Behind Your Thesis Statement
The introductory paragraph should clearly your readers what to expect from your thesis. The emphasis should be on the ‘why’ aspect.
Here is a revised version of the thesis statement while keeping in mind that properly addressing the ‘why’ is necessary to keep your readers interested in the paper:
“Interstellar travel will prove to be very useful as it can lead to a major revolution in human history. The discovery of new stars, planets and solar systems in our galaxy can further lead to more advanced research and development in order to take mankind to the next level on the evolutionary scale.
Now we have a solid thesis statement which lets readers know what your paper is all about, without leaving any room for doubt, and keeping them interested throughout.
5. Revise for Clarity and Style
In order to ensure that all your hard work and effort pays off, you need to revise your thesis for clarity and style. After all, every word you put together has to cleverly fit in while supporting your argument.
Choose your words wisely when you are writing a thesis statement by making your sentences flow naturally, using appropriate language and tone of voice to get the point across.
Follow all these steps and you’re looking at a thesis statement that’s clear, has an appropriate tone of voice, is specific and arguable, and gives readers a transparent and concise outline of your paper.