IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION WHEN WRITING ON YOUR PROJECT TOPIC
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION WHEN WRITING ON YOUR PROJECT TOPIC
A project topic is often submitted as the final step of any academic journey or as the capstone project for a bachelor's degree. It is built upon an original piece of research, it can be challenging to write a project and it is one of the longest writing assignments that students routinely complete.
It mostly depends on your capacity to carry out research from the beginning to end, including selecting an appropriate subject, drafting a proposal, planning your study, gathering data, conducting a thorough analysis, coming to a firm conclusion, and writing clearly.
We would advise anyone preparing a final project topics to determine what the examiners are seeking before giving it to them or before you start writing, although this is sound advice, it has to be expanded upon to be truly useful, so we performed additional research, to confirm what examiners are looking for when evaluating a thesis, we first conducted a systematic study of the literature on thesis examinations then we looked for thesis writing advice in various pieces of literature. Here is an overview of what was discovered;
- Make sure your thesis is readable in your field.
Determine the field to which you are contributing first, do you write for all biochemists or just a certain subfield? Even if your writing incorporates psychological ideas, are you writing for art historians? You need to read well-written theses and papers in your field to learn what is required, then use these as models for your writing, if your thesis is out of the ordinary (maybe your research crosses academic boundaries or employs a novel technique or strategy), you can strengthen it by explaining why you broke from the norm.
- Rewrite your thesis to make it more readable.
Make a note of what you want to say first then after doing this, try a rewrite to make sure it is reader-friendly because this might not be clear to get feedback, ask for it, find out where a reader may be perplexed or intrigued, struggling or engaged, and utilize this information to strengthen your work.
The writing that your examiners will likely read first, such as the abstract, introduction, literature review, and conclusion, should be revised before you submit your thesis, rewrite your literature review when your writing has improved because it was probably written early in your candidacy when it was at its lowest. Always conduct thorough proofreading to eliminate any errors in your grammar, spelling, format, and references.
- Make the thesis simple to understand.
Examiners must be able to follow your thoughts, thus there must be a smooth transition between chapters as well, you ought to keep in mind that your examiners will probably read your thesis in sections over the course of several weeks, and by the time they get to the sixth chapter, they may not remember what you said in the first. As a result, they may need some assistance in following your line of reasoning, below are some useful resources that might help make it understandable;
- You should make reviews and summaries at the beginning or end of a section or chapter (In this chapter, I shall first…then…);
- Making backward and forward references in your thesis (I'll go into more detail on this in chapter 6; as I mentioned in chapter 2…);
- Sentences that convey the key argument you wish to make in each paragraph;
- Repeating words to show how ideas are connected (for example, if a paragraph was about “energy,” the next paragraph should also mention “energy” to show the connection);
- Using transitional words to indicate to the reader how one paragraph relates to another (for example, beginning one paragraph with “A first method is…” and the next with “A second method is…”).
You can ask a friend or family member whether they can follow what you have written to see if your thesis is logical and if they don't understand what you mean and you have to explain it, include it in your work.
- Make your thesis believable.
Your thesis should, above all, persuade the panel of judges, make significant assertions and conclusions in each chapter and support them with solid arguments and references, it is insufficient, for instance, to state that “increasing CO2 affects human nutrition.” You must also include information, references, and arguments for the reader's support, you can ask someone to read your statements and determine whether they are persuaded if you are unsure.
- Convincingly interact with the literature
You must defend the originality and necessity of your research, and you can do this by citing examples from the literature that show what has already been accomplished as well as the disagreements, ambiguities, and gaps, making use of information from the literature regarding what has already been done and what needs to be done to persuade your examiners that your research will advance your field, use the literature to support each of your conclusions as you express your conclusions in your literature study regarding the key concepts, themes, and assertions, do not just state who stated what or as an alternative, state the key finding that the reader needs to be aware of, followed by the references that support it, such as “The crops that produce our needed source of zinc and iron have lower concentrations of these essential elements when grown under conditions of higher C02 (Thomas, 2012; Ying, 2013; Adelhardt 2016).”
- Select the appropriate strategy
Additionally, you need to demonstrate that your approach to your topic is suitable, you can use the literature to support your approach, and you should be able to distinguish if your topic calls for a novel approach, or is based on a tried-and-true strategy that serves your research topic well.
- Ensure that your thesis is publishable by persuading your examiners.
While stating your findings, make sure to make clear how they relate to the body of literature in your field. Explanation: “I found x, which is compatible with the past research, but I also found y, which gives a new viewpoint on the long-term impacts.” Explanation: “I found x, which is elaborated or rejected, vindicated or discredited.” Give specific examples of how and where you have contributed, and persuade the examiner that this is a valuable addition.