Write your thesis without a headache.
Writing the Thesis Hope some time ago, an old friend came back discouraged and very stressed from his interview with one of his thesis advisors “The reason?” All his research was returned with the request of “do it all again”.
We decided to delve into his work, and that is that his investigation was very well and complete as for that verdict. In the end we realized the error: lack of understanding due to bad writing.
Writing plays a very important role in communicating ideas and more in a work such as thesis, in which everything must be understandable.
So, I gave myself the task of listing some tips so that at the time of writing your thesis, do not go through the same.
How should I write?
1.- Be concrete.
The thesis should be a work focused mainly on your research. Do not use “fill”.
– Begin your thesis with the subject directly: “The psychosocial analysis of human experiences …”
“Talk about the authors who include your research, but be brief.
-Don’t divert your attention from the hypothesis you want to solve.
2.- Language in the third person.
With the exception of the “Acknowledgments” section, never use personal language. The thesis is addressed to a group, which is possible to share your opinion. Similarly, avoid personal pronouns.
Example: “We found between different authors different approaches that show us …”.
3.- Symbols prohibited.
The ellipsis should not be used in the thesis; With the exception of a textual quotation where this symbol refers to the omission of some words.
Example: “The story is so rich and multiform that it is impossible to study all its phenomenology completely …” (Props, Vladimir, Morphologic del Cento)
Avoid the use of exclamation marks, the thesis, being a formal job requires a low volume writing.
4.- The use of italics.
Use this tool, when you want to write the title of a book, the name of an author, a word in another language or some important concept. In writing, it serves for the reader to pay special attention to that element.
Example: “The linguistic analysis of this work is through the point of view of Ferdinand de Saussure …”
5.- Concepts of your research.
In your theoretical framework, take advantage to explain concepts that you will use during your thesis, independently if the reader is knowledgeable about the subject.
Example: “… the author defines the fantasy genre as a hesitation experienced by the reader …”
There are different ways to make a textual appointment and each one is correct, although it is obvious that there are those who lean more for one than for another, here the most common:
Form 1. “Textual quotation” (2008: 10)
Year-number method. In the section of the bibliography it is searched which book or publication is from that year, to know what corresponds the textual quotation. If there is more than one book with the same year, attach the corresponding letter of the alphabet: (2008a: 124), (2008b: 65), etc.
Form 2. “Textual quotation.” (Props, Vladimir, P.345)
Author-page method. The drawback with this method is that if you use more sources from the same author, you must attach the title of the book or publication.
Form 3. “Textual quotation.” 1
Footer method. At the bottom of the page is written: 1 (Props, Vladimir, Morphologic del cento, Editorial Colophon, Mexico, 2000).
It is true that the thesis can be a laborious and complicated process, but the result of an investigation (whether positive or negative) is the cusp of the application of our knowledge in respective areas.
Finally, I share an image that I found surfing the net, which seems fun and very in keeping with the theme.