Thesis Writing

Some Thesis Writing Tips

April 13th, 2013  |  Published in Thesis Writing

In order to write a thesis, it entails a lot of perseverance, discipline and determination.  You should set a date when to start your research and when to stop doing a research. Having a timetable will help you focus on some task that will add value to your thesis.

The ideal completion deadline for your thesis is at least three months after your start date.  Also, it is necessary to have a deadline for each chapter for instance two weeks for each chapter.  You should already have an idea what will be the content and title of each chapter. You can break your writing task into small sections. Aim to have 500 words everyday.  You can beat and achieve your target everyday and soon adds up.  Always plan your progress and keep track of your activities through calendar.

You should have a comfortable environment free from distraction.  You can work on home since it may have few distraction than in your office.  You can write early in the day as possible. During the night, prepare your next goal for the next day. You can also change your working environment because sometimes working for the same place for so long can make yourself too comfortable.  You can try to the café or library where there are others who are working.

Take a break for sometime while working. You can drink a cup of tea and stretch your legs.  Always be nice to yourself, eat and sleep well and socialize.


Master Thesis and Phd Thesis

August 27th, 2012  |  Published in Thesis Writing

Master thesis is requirement in order to earn a master’s degree while PhD thesis is known to be the highest form of thesis since PhD is a doctoral degree.  You cannot have a PhD degree without a master’s degree.  Master’s degree takes 2 to 3 years to complete depending on field and other applied experience. It depends to the programs whether to submit a thesis or take a comprehensive exam. Doctoral degree is more advance degree since it takes 4 to 8 years to complete.

Thesis is also known as dissertation but in some universities thesis and dissertation is treated differently. Thesis is submitted at the end of master’s degree while dissertation is submitted at the end of doctoral degree.

Thesis is compose of about 100 plus pages and does not need a long time and requires the students to perform a hypothesis based on their research. A dissertation is usually had about 300 plus pages and written in form of a book for academic purpose.

PhD dissertation is strictly more examined by the advisory board than master’s thesis.  Also, in master’s thesis, you can easily obtain help from your professors and advisers but in PhD dissertation you will work independently.

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How to Pick up Thesis Topic

August 6th, 2012  |  Published in Thesis Writing

I have many friends who are finished in academic requirement but not for their thesis requirement because of difficulty in choosing the right topic for their thesis.  Finding a thesis topic is difficult and frustrating. They can’t even think the best topic that will get an approval that’s why I would like to give tips on how to pick up thesis topic.

The following are some tips on selecting thesis topics according to my adviser.

  • Know your major interest based on your personal experiences that are important and meaningful to you. Select a topic you always love.
  • Identify the kind of data or information you would like to study. Also, make sure that your adviser is knowledgeable about your chosen topic.
  • Think of some theories you want to prevent and also some literature you are intrigue or curious.
  • Recognize the career goals you want to pursue. Select a topic that will helpful in your career path or in your field of specialization.
  • Narrow your selected topic.  If the topic is too broad, you will be spending too much time gathering piles of information but not sure if these data will be used. Let your topic manageable.
  • Make sure that the topic you selected is unique and original.
  • Select a topic that can be used in future studies and advancement.

Some Thesis Writing Strategies

June 16th, 2012  |  Published in Thesis Writing

After academic study, the next one is to make your thesis or dissertation in order to graduate.  Thesis writing and dissertation is the last requirement to attain a masteral degree or doctorate degree.  The following are some writing strategies to construct your unique thesis.

  • Choosing the topic.  Make sure to choose a topic or theories you are interested in and what would you like to know more about.  Is there a question in your field does not answer satisfactorily?
  • After choosing a topic, begin looking for information relevant to your topic and its theoretical framework. Read everything.
  • Once you become familiar and knowledgeable, you should state your purpose for your thesis or dissertation. You should articulate your purpose clearly.
  •  You are now ready to collect and analyze data and writing up findings.
  •   Get also a copy of the graduate school guidelines for writing theses and follow guidelines exactly.

The following are some general outline of thesis / dissertation.

Chapter 1 – Purpose and Significance of the Study.  This chapter explains the significance of your study as well as the purpose of the study

Chapter 2 – Review of the Literature. Theoretical framework should be explained further and the literature  review.

Chapter 3 – Methodology. It describes and justifies the data gathering methods used. It also outlines how the data is analyzed. Describe the method used and why this method is best appropriate. And also explain every step of the data gathering and analysis process.  It includes the description of the research design, description of the population and justification of data sample used or method used and description of data analysis such as statistical analysis and tests performed

Chapter 4 – Findings.  It addresses the results from the data analysis.

Chapter 5 – Discussions.  It reiterate what you have found out and discuss what is your findings.

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Some Basic Thesis Writing Tips

June 9th, 2012  |  Published in Thesis Writing

  •  First of all decide on your topic. If your topic is too general, make sure to narrower subtopic to discuss.
  • After determining the topic that is suitable with you, you can prepare an outline to put your ideas about the topic.
  • Then you can write your thesis statement. Your thesis should have an argument.  It should not base on opinion statements. It should have thoroughly explored and dependable by evidence.
  • Thesis statement should focuses on ideas on one to two sentences to tell the reader what the paper is all about.
  • Be clear and avoid using vague words.
  • Make sure to collect sustainable evidence to defend your argument. Read every information relevant to your topic on academic research, trade literature, and information on popular press and on internet.
  • Your introduction should catch the attention of the reader and give an idea about your thesis.
  • Your conclusion should make your argument clear and provide your reader an indication of why your argument is credible.
  • Make sure that you proof-read your thesis carefully to prevent errors in spelling, grammars, and punctuation.  You can ask your friends or colleague to help you and proof read your thesis because you can overlook errors when reading your own work.
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Example of Abstract

September 7th, 2011  |  Published in Thesis Writing

Chemists have long sought an electrolyte additive that would improve battery performance, especially at low temperatures.  Ten organic additives were investigated to learn more about their effects on the rechargeability of an experimental lead-acid cell at 5 degree Fahrenheit.  In each set of trials a different additive (0.001% by weight) was mixed with the sulfuric acid in the cell.  The cell was then charged and discharged at eight current intensities  The additives included adipic acid, azelaic acid, p-phenolsulfonic acid, hydroquinoe, 1-naphthol a5-sulfonic acid, phthalic aid, sucrose, tartaric acid, alphanaphthol, and 8-hydroxyquinoline.

Adipic acid resulted in the best high-rate charge acceptance; however, the level reached was only 96% of that achieved without any additives.  Alpha-napthol, the worst, reached a level of only 20%.  In addition to the obvious conclusion that these additives do not improve rechargeability, the following trend appears valid:  the higher the recharge voltage, the lower the charge acceptance.

This sample was taken to Technical Writing Revised Edition by Corazon C. Obnamia, et. al.


Finding Thesis Topic

July 19th, 2011  |  Published in Thesis Writing

One of the biggest obstacles of student is to find a thesis topic. After taking up academics requirement for graduate students, they should make a thesis or dissertation.  Now the problem is they don’t know what will be the best topic for their thesis.

In finding a thesis topic, you should first identify what subject or topic will interest you and will definitely love and enjoy the topic even for the several years.  It should be based on your personal preferences and target goal.  In this case, you can save time and effort because you already obtain stock knowledge since you are familiar with the topic.

Another way of finding a thesis topic is to become active reader and listener so that you will know the demands of society and eventually you will become familiar the subject matter that is timely. Also, be familiar with the existing thesis or dissertation to become aware with topic ideas and styles.  In this way, you will get ideas for your own topic and observe how each thesis is written to answer one basic question with additional sub topic. Also, observe the methodologies use to answer various questions.

If you already know the subject or topic for your topic, it is time to ask for help on adviser.  You can talk to professors or other professional and ask them to give a suggestion that you might be able to pursue.


Benefits of using Visual Aids

June 4th, 2011  |  Published in Thesis Writing

Readers always remember about 15% of what they hear and about 50% of what they see.  Visual aids increases the amount of information retained by a reader therefore the use of visual aids is encourage in your thesis writing.

The following are suggestions from Pickett and Laster:

  • Study the use of visuals by analyzing their use in books and periodicals
  • Choose the most appropriate types of visuals as to their purpose, the needs of the audience and the specific idea to be presented
  • Prepare the visuals carefully by proper and careful organization of information.  Include all necessary labels, symbols, titles and headings.  Make the visual pleasing to its by not overcrowding it
  • Decide whether to make the visual “run-on” in the text or to separate it from the text
  • Establish a proper relationship between the visual and the text
  • Refer to tables as tables; all other visuals are called figure
  • Give the source of a borrowed or copied visual
  • Mount the visual if necessary

Visual aids are an effective way to help your reader to retain a better understanding of information because it holds attention, help concentration and aid retention.  It also adds interest and variety and break up information into smaller section.  In addition, using graphs, tables and charts is an easiest way to display a lot of data or information.


Nursing Thesis Topics

May 3rd, 2011  |  Published in Thesis Writing

Being a nursing student, somewhere in time you will be require to do a thesis, of course, it should be related to your field. Nursing thesis is essential for those want to get practical experience at public hospital or for those who are interested in expanding their nursing career.  Your nursing thesis must be related to the field you are planning to work.  Nursing topic should be narrow, not to too broad in order to cover the issue.

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If you are decided on your nursing thesis topic, you will need sources of information such as surveys, magazines and newspapers, past research paper, online and off-line libraries, and data from latest debates on town.  These sources of information are very helpful in obtaining facts and data on your nursing thesis.

After collecting data and from different sources, you will need to the next step, analyze data and now you are ready to have an outline.  Your nursing thesis outline may includes introduction, list of problems, review of related literature, argument, answer, conclusion and reference.

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Medical Thesis Writing

January 13th, 2011  |  Published in Thesis Writing

Medical thesis or dissertation is one of the interesting to write because medical field is important aspect to our society.  It is not only about drugs and medicine but it is all about health and medicines that’s why there is unlimited topic to talk about. Of course, the topic chosen should have beneficial results.  In addition, your medical thesis should be feasible and appealing to the public.

Writing medical thesis is not only about completing school requirement but it involves writing an endless assignment.  You must have good educational background in order to have a strong medical thesis or dissertation.  You should expand your knowledge by finding and analyzing interesting theories, assumptions, and facts.  You should always consider the beneficial and positive result of the new research.  Medical thesis writing is very time consuming process that why you should be self-disciplined and patient to handle all the stages.

Medical students often do a medical thesis as part of their school requirement.  Medical thesis may be all about illness, cancer or AIDS cures, insurance benefits, smoking, health care system, etc.

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