3 Tips for Writing a Good Thesis Statement

Despite the fact that a thesis statement is usually only one or two sentences, many students – in fact, nearly every student these days – struggles with thesis statement development. A thesis is like the foundation of a building. Without it, everything falls apart. Students who fail to develop solid theses are setting themselves up for failure – and that’s not fair to the student or the teacher. Luckily, there’s a simple way to avoid disaster when thesis statements come around. By following three key tips – tips that are easy to understand, yet effective – you can begin producing higher-quality thesis statements in a much shorter amount of time.

  1. Be clear and effective. The downfall of most preliminary thesis statements is their ineffectiveness. Students get lost in the wordy mess of their essays and forget that clarity is priceless. Don’t flounder through your thesis statement – make your purpose and methods absolutely clear. Always include these two basic components in your thesis statement: a) the reason you’re writing the essay, or the position you’re taking on an issue, and b) how you intend to prove or address your point. An example of a clear and effective thesis statement might be: “To determine the effectiveness of behavioral therapy on ADHD, we will examine several case studies, doctor testimonies and additional research data.” The first half of the sentence states purpose, while the second half states methods.
  2. Pick something you love, or something interesting. Thesis statements have a little wiggle room for most students; you have the freedom to choose something a little more meaningful to you. You should be taking full advantage of this opportunity! By picking a thesis or question that genuinely interests you, you’re not only more likely to compose an intriguing thesis statement, you’re more likely to develop an excellent paper as a whole. Plus, intriguing theses gain much more ground in the academic community. Look at some other, published scholarly work to discover some intriguing theses for yourself.
  3. Review and Edit. Once the thesis statement is written, don’t be fooled: that’s not the end of it. The fatal flaw in most students’ mindset is that, once they’ve written the sentence, they can go on to the rest of their paper without delay. Nothing could be further from the truth. Once you’ve developed a thesis statement, it’s absolutely necessary that you return to review it. Edit for clarity, grammar, and effectiveness. Write several new thesis statements and compare them – you might find your third thesis astronomically better than your first.