If you're an advanced degree program be it an Masters degree or PhD candidacy, you know that part of the requirements will be to begin writing your thesis statement. And for some, this can be something that is disconcerting to say the least. Consider for a moment that often times a thesis is considered a gateway to things like tenure within the university, research grants, and over all, can drastically boost your academic career. As such, writing a thesis statement becomes very important very quickly.

That said, writing a thesis statement does not have to be something that you fear or something that either needs to take a lot of time, or even something that you need to have a high level of stress over. As always, there are certain things you can do to make this process of easier and faster. One tip of course is to remember that your thesis statement is something that you, with. It is not generally something that is assigned by your faculty, Dean, or advised. The idea here is to allow you to spread your wings creatively and come up with perhaps different theories on a particular topic, new research and is something that has been thought not be worth it, or even an entirely new side to a particularly long-running debate.

In short, you are given quite a bit of creative freedom when it comes to designing and writing your thesis statement. Another tip to consider is that writing a thesis statement is not like your typical assignment. True, there are milestones and deadlines that you need to reach however they are guidelines only. The idea here again is to ensure that you are able to get your research together and be able to test and revise your statement without the crutch of as many deadlines as you may have had earlier on your academic career. So the key here is you can within reason take your time to fully develop your thesis.

One final tip regarding writing your thesis statement is to ensure that you regularly allow input from your faculty, your adviser, and even your friends and family. The reason for this is that you don't want to get so wrapped up in your statement that by the end of it daily person that truly understands what you're trying to achieve, is you. You need to have other people read it and ask questions not only to keep you focused, but you may also find new insights based on their responses.


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