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How to write the thesis without going crazy?

The last great commitment.

The burden and honor that goes to every university student before the final goal.

The thesis.

It is useless to deny it: both those who attend scientific courses and those who have dedicated themselves to the humanities, see them write their thesis as one of the most demanding challenges of university life.

It is perfectly normal to have doubts about the realization of a job that has never happened before. Especially for the three-year course, but also for the specialist (or even the one-cycle) one, each Degree Course imposes requirements: first of all the choice of subject and that of the speaker, but then the collection of sources and their citation, the structure and length of the paper, etc.

How to write the thesis without going crazy?

Having a clear set of things to do.

If you work at a structured but realistic timetable, without getting discouraged at the least unexpected but also without burning the stages, paradoxically the actual writing could prove to be the least effort.

Here are, therefore, five tips (to be adapted naturally to the different situations) to write the thesis:

1. Don’t put down even one line before you’ve defined everything.

In particular, immediately choose topic and speaker, not necessarily in this order. Two things that are usually done during the penultimate year of study, so you have time to do everything calmly. The preference will go, unless extraordinary exceptions, to a professor whose subject has been particularly appreciated and who, knowing the student already, will be able to direct him towards a decision that is neither too general nor too specific.

2. Consult the University’s general rules.

(Almost) all Italian universities provide students with a series of tools for the preparation of the final paper: bibliography, cover, layout, length. To avoid avoidable mistakes – the writer has printed a 150-page three-year thesis in Times New Roman, as if it were L’Encyclop├ędie by Diderot and D’Alembert – it is good to consult the website (or, alternatively, the secretariat) by wire and by sign.

3. Give yourself intermediate goals.

Only Umberto Eco (the book How to do a thesis is a real milestone), and perhaps not even he, would have been able to write the thesis from beginning to end without interruption. Like any other text, even in this case we must proceed by degrees. For example, you can decide to give yourself intermediate goals related to the chapters (and, even more in detail, to the paragraphs) or to the number of pages. Whatever the method, the important thing is not to be discouraged at the slightest difficulty. Try, make mistakes, try again.

4. Get help.

Sometimes the speaker is not enough. We are all human, so it can happen to go into crisis in the middle of writing. What to do? Get help from people outside the University. Friends, acquaintances and relatives who have already graduated, teachers of the high school or, even better, teachers used to give their own support in their thesis.

Here on TeachCorner there are something for everyone, for all subjects and for all budgets. Seeing is believing!

5. And the title? At the end.

Unlike the subject, the perfect title will come out only after having written all the paper. It is true that the University wants to meet him immediately, but often it is a “provisional” title, modifiable in the final version. As stated in point 1, the degree thesis (which applies first of all to the three-year thesis) should address neither a too general nor a too specific topic. On the one hand, therefore, avoid seeking the solution to world hunger. On the other hand, concentrating too much would lead to a document of few pages which would be rejected by any commission.

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