An exploratory thesis asks “what are the properties of system S”? Typically S is some system intended to solve an engineering problem, but whose properties are inadequately understood. The novelty in an exploratory thesis comes from the discovery and characterization of the interesting properties, and from the design and execution of the process by which they were observed. The evidence is partially in the form of the observed results and partially an argument that the observational process was appropriate.
Writing a good thesis statement isn’t as hard as students make it. In fact, if you’ve done good for an essay, the thesis will practically write itself. So be sure to have at least a page of ideas jotted down before you attempt this step. Let’s start with what a thesis statement is.
What does a bad thesis look like? Here are some examples.
Now that we know what a strong thesis statement is, we can begin to craft one of our own. Most effective thesis statements often answer these three questions:
Almost all assignments, no matter how complicated, can be reduced to a single question. Your first step, then, is to distill the assignment into a specific question. For example, if your assignment is, “Write a report to the local school board explaining the potential benefits of using computers in a fourth-grade class,” turn the request into a question like, “What are the potential benefits of using computers in a fourth-grade class?” After you’ve chosen the question your essay will answer, compose one or two complete sentences answering that question.Here you will learn what a thesis statement is, how thesis statements work in your writing, and how you can discover or refine one for your draft.
Writing in university or college often takes the form of persuasion—convincing others that you have an interesting, logical point of view on the subject you are studying. Persuasion is a skill you practice regularly in your daily life. You persuade your roommate to clean up, your parents to let you borrow the car, your friend to vote for your favorite candidate or policy. In college, course assignments often ask you to make a persuasive case in writing. You are asked to convince your reader of your point of view. This form of persuasion, often called academic argument, follows a predictable pattern in writing. After a brief introduction of your topic, you state your point of view on the topic directly and often in one sentence. This sentence is the thesis statement, and it serves as a summary of the argument you'll make in the rest of your paper.
What is a thesis statement?
A thesis statement:
• tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.
• is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
• directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel.
• makes a claim that others might dispute.
• is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.