The thesis statement is the heart of any academic writing that every college student knows about. The challenging part about it is that it must contain the essence of our research. Approach it the same way as you would work with the research proposal where it must contain the purpose, the importance, methodology used, and the conclusion that could be made. The thesis statement is a summary of all these things — it is your argument or an idea that you want to get across. If you want to make your readers see that smoking is dangerous, it must be reflected in a single sentence with a scientific background and some reason why it is so. Nerdify recommends always reading the thesis aloud and ensuring that some crucial points are taken into consideration.
Let us start with the elements that must be analyzed as you come up with a perfect thesis statement:
- The topic of your paper. The first and foremost is the topic that you want to discuss or research in your paper. If your thesis statement sounds out of place, it will never be good. It is a reason why the Nerdify team recommends starting with a good topic that will help you to avoid being vague in your argumentation. Always try to narrow things down as you choose your topic because it will not only assist in the selection of reliable sources but will help you avoid those ideas that can be understood differently.
- Similar research on the subject. The next step before you come up with the correct wording in your thesis is checking similar research papers on the subject. Nerdify always uses this trick when we have to explore some topics or see what kind of phrases or trigger words are used to bring the message across. You do not have to reinvent the wheel and dive deep into the chaos of ideas. Take a look through at least 2–3 research papers to see if it fits your argumentation.
- Argumentation must be clear. If you are not sure about some concept or cannot find proper evidence to prove your words, the resulting argumentation will sound weak and may even end up with a paper revision. Do not be afraid to use the word “because” in your thesis, if you want to make a bold statement. It has to be transparent and clearly states your opinion (if it has been asked about). Avoid those phrases that have a double meaning to them or stating something that cannot be connected to the rest of your paper.
- Second thesis statement sentence. It is not often mentioned in an average grading rubric instruction, yet you can use a supporting thesis statement. It is especially relevant in Nursing and Literature papers where an author has a right to explain one’s argumentation in a better way. The first sentence is the main argument and the second sentence helps to avoid confusion. Our experts at Nerdify believe that it is necessary to pronounce the thesis aloud and see what must be added if you would have to explain things to a friend or a fellow student.
- Introduction matters. Remember that you must start your Introduction part first before you end up with the thesis. Imagine that you are in the restaurant and you must order starters or appetizers. It works the same with your research. Let your target audience find out more about what is coming and what matters. Prepare your readers for the perfect thesis because it serves as the culmination of your paper. If the introductory information is weak, the thesis statement will sound out of place.
- Connecting the thesis to the body paragraphs. Another part that must be considered is building a bridge between the things stated in your thesis and the topic sentences in your body paragraphs. As a rule, you have to summarize the ideas that will follow in a sentence. The body paragraphs explain the thesis coming from the most to the least important, yet your thesis must be the “spoiler” of what is to come. Do a little trick and come up with these elements as you think of a thesis. It will save you time and nerves.
- Thesis statement in the Conclusion part. We all know the last paragraph where one must rephrase the most important ideas. In most cases, you should take your thesis and make it simpler. Make it sound not as the list of things to be explored but as the sentence that proves or confirms the things you could prove. Just change the vector of your narration by using the phrases like “According to the statistical information obtained”. Do not introduce any new ideas but sum up what has already been mentioned.