How to write a perfect thesis statement in your intensive English program
When writing an essay, it is important to have a strong thesis statement. A thesis statement is the main point of the paper, which you are trying to prove with your arguments. Having a good thesis makes it clear to readers what they can expect from your paper. It can also make it easier for you to structure your work so that everything you produce is related to a single central idea.
Writing a good thesis takes practice, but there are some techniques that can help you do so. Here are a few strategies to use when writing a thesis in your intensive English training.
Make your thesis the answer to a question
If you want readers to read your paper, you need to make them interested in what you have to say. One of the best ways to do this is to present readers with an interesting question, and then make your thesis statement the answer.
For example, if you were writing a paper arguing that sharks are the ultimate predator, you might use your introduction to mention some other large predators and then ask “But which animal is the ultimate predator?” Your thesis could then state that your paper will prove that sharks are.
If you ask an interesting question and make your thesis an interesting answer, readers will want to read your paper to learn more.
Practice choosing a side with your theses in your intensive English program
It’s usually not enough to just list out facts in an essay. Instead, the facts should support an argument that you are making. A good thesis will make it clear what your argument is. You should think about what it is that you want people to think or feel about your topic after they finish reading your essay, and make sure your thesis clearly promotes that side.
Consider the same example from above. If the thesis is “Sharks might be the ultimate predator, but tigers might also be the ultimate predator,” it doesn’t really choose a side. If the thesis is “Sharks are the world’s ultimate predator,” you are making a much stronger argument.
Keep your thesis statement short
There’s nothing wrong with having a long, detailed introduction to a paper, but the thesis statement should be relatively short. This helps make the point clearer for the reader and for yourself. Write too much and you risk making the thesis statement unfocused.
An ideal length for a thesis statement is one or two sentences. This should be enough to communicate your idea while still remaining focused. Try to stick to this rule while writing papers in your intensive English program and you will have an easy time writing thesis statements.
Get help from classmates and teachers from your English for academic purposes program
One of the biggest benefits of completing an English for academic purposes program is that you get a lot of hands-on practice writing in English and working with talented instructors and fellow students. It’s a good idea to ask them for their thoughts on your thesis!
Asking for another perspective is a great way to see if your thesis works as well as it should, or if there’s a hidden flaw you aren’t noticing. Your experienced instructors will be glad to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask what they think!
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