How to Make a Thesis

Writing a thesis can be a scary thought for most college students.  Here are some helpful tips on how your thesis should look and what it should contain. 

Thesis Structure:

  • A good thesis paper has a title page followed by an abstract.
  • The title page should include: The title (including subtitle), writer, educational establishment, department, due date, and any research mentors and/or advisers and their institutions
  • Your abstract should be a brief explanation of why your paper is important, followed by a short summary of your supporting evidence.  It should normally not be more than 1-2 paragraphs long
  • Next is your table of contents.  This should include your headings, sub-headings, your indent sub-headings, any acknowledgments, references, and appendices, along with a list of tables and a list of figures, showing the appropriate page number for each.  The list of tables is simply the information you have gathered organized into lists and rows.  The list of figures contains contains other information such as pictures, graphs, charts, diagrams, and other such things. 
  • After your table of contents and your lists, you’re introduction for your thesis should come next.  This is where you create that literal hook to reel your audience in by explaining what the goal of your paper is, why you decided to make this study, and brief summaries of the material you will be covering to support your findings. 
  • After the introduction is the methods section.  Here you will go into detail about your methods of research.  This is so that the reader is made aware of how you came across your findings through the procedures and therefore is more likely to believe the outcome of your results and opinions on the subject matter at hand.
  • After explaining the steps you took during your research, you must provide the results of that research through statements of your observations, supported by both positive and negative results shown in graphs, charts, any statistics, etc.
  • A discussion section of how your results, observations, research, and other such findings relate to the subject matter and the goal of your paper as stated in the introduction.
  • Your conclusion should point back to your original thesis statement; the question or problem you were trying to prove or answer. Make sure it does not seem like you are simply repeating the same statements made in other parts of your thesis. 
  • Any recommendations, acknowledgments, and references, along with an appendix of all your information, are what the ending pages of your thesis should contain.

Now that you know the basic steps to take when making your thesis, you can actually start its’ creation.  A few last minute tips before I leave you to begin your thesis.  Remember that your thesis is not to merely state facts, but a document created to show your findings and opinions concerning whatever question or hypothesis you are trying answer or disprove.  Try to choose a topic that interests you.  Being interested in the subject you are researching makes the writing process just a little easier.  Make sure your opinion is clearly expressed, and supported by strong evidence and arguments.  Don’t just ramble on with facts, but make your work interesting by stimulating the minds of your audience your findings and speculations.  Lastly, don’t overwhelm yourself or your readers with an overload of information.  Just remember that a good thesis is organized, well rounded, with clear evidence and examples to support it, but not so much information that the reader gets lost in the material.  Follow these instructions, and you should do just fine.