“Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it.”
Knowing what you want is the key point of everything. When it comes to students’ life, it is the biggest problem just to find your way. You can study hard all days long, but without a distinct aim, it will not make any difference, because you are not sure that you will need this knowledge later. The same is about writing. Composing a large article (essay or research paper) without a straight main idea is nonsense – plenty of words that lead to something vague and not effective. That is why learning how to do distinct and purposeful things in everyday life will help you apply them to setting your life goal, choosing the future career, etc.
Writing a proper thesis statement is one of such things. Follow the pieces of advice introduced below to pass your writing assignment with flying colours and go up straight to your aim.
Think first about the topic of your essay. It must be relevant and interesting.
- Narrow down the topic in your head and specify it into a main idea of writing. Since you have the main idea, you have a thesis statement.
- Its main aim is to clarify the author’s stand. That is why shortness and simplicity of expression are the main aspects here. Be careful with direct quotes and watch out for grammar mistakes and spelling!
- Usually, it is at the end of the first paragraph where you can place a thesis statement.
- Once it is placed, it should not be forgotten. Tail the main idea during the whole essay. Then it will be easier for a reader to trace the author’s thoughts.
- Every paragraph must support and reveal your thesis statement by means of proper argumentation. It is important to use authentic information from a reliable source that is stated clearly.
- At the end of the essay, you must restate your main idea already supported by valid arguments in each paragraph.
- Having completed your paper, it is time to proofread it. Give the paper to your partner to get an objective feedback and to see if he/she will understand the main idea in the way you wanted to present it. Take your time to review the parts causing questions and hand in your work.
At first sight, these aspects are insignificant and have nothing to do with problems in real life, but they consist of many little parts that join together into a large puzzle. Take them into account, and it will make a huge difference which you would not help noticing. Good luck!