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01/16/2020

You can use your own experiences as a starting point; just be cautious, since some of the basic questions you ask will also be asked in order to find out more about you and your own personality. Your paper can be very abstract, however, so do not let your abstract get in the way of communicating your basic ideas. If you have a thesis or a paper to write for university exams, make your abstract clear. Try to make a clear description of your main thesis idea.

You can use your own experiences as a starting point; just be cautious, since some of the basic questions you ask will also be asked in order to find out more about you and your own personality. Your paper can be very abstract, however, so do not let your abstract get in the way of communicating your basic ideas. If you have a thesis or a paper to write for university exams, make your abstract clear. Try to make a clear description of your main thesis idea.
Second, your paper should not be so long that the reader is left at the end wondering where they have been. You should have at least two paragraphs in your abstract that explain your main views, and make a strong emotional link at the end of your paper. Your goal is to get the reader to want to read the rest.
If you have a thesis or a paper to write for university exams, make your abstract clear. Try to make a clear description of your main thesis idea.
For the following paragraphs, try to concentrate on the thesis or paper topics and leave more space between your paragraphs to allow the reader to follow your thoughts. It will make the writing process much easier. Once you get through your first draft of a paper, you must keep in mind how many pages that makes (it is also about 200), so remember this when writing more than one draft, as you will run out of paper. Also, keep in mind that you probably won’t get all of your ideas out before the paper and so you need to make some room for “guttural sound” (if you want to be interesting to your readers!).
To help me, here are some facts which have come up when I was teaching at my University:
• 70% of people say that a thesis has to have a thesis in its title, and almost 20% said it was not important to have the thesis name.
• In the past, the way the thesis was written was called “strictly logical”, but nowadays they are much more descriptive.
• Some people call their thesis something like “My thesis has to be written in this particular way”.
• The use of acronyms in the first sentence of each paper has also been used a lot recently.
• One paper in the University said that they didn’t want their students to do work that was “too theoretical” – they wanted them to put all of their information into their thesis.
• Another paper used jargon like “probability and statistics” for example.
• The study I gave in my first year of uni was about the relationship between the English language, the scientific literature, and the English-speaking world. That may be what my students are coming up with in their essays, but I’d suggest they are on the wrong subject entirely!
• When writing a paper for an exam, I often have a bit of fun with my students. My first year of uni had my students give an essay called “Why are you writing an essay on physics?”, so that was one of the topics that came up a lot for the first paper we started to write in my last year!
• This one – which I’m sure we’ve all experienced – is so annoying that you may as well start a new essay topic altogether: “What does a PhD student do?”. It’s very often true!
• My university’s thesis papers