SGPS and SASS present:
Grad Writing Lab ~ Thursdays, 9am -12pm
All disciplines welcome
Drop in, free, no registration
Academic writing specialist on site
Just bring your work, and your questions on writing
Graduate Student Reading Room ~ 3rd floor, Stauffer Library
*Closed during February Boot Camp
Do the words “thesis” and “argument” leave you in a cold sweat? We’ll show you how to construct a thesis – and why you need one – and use it to generate an argument for your entire paper.
By Lily Zhu, 3rd year Concurrent Education, English and French Student
When editing a paper, one of the first things to look at is the thesis statement—for good reason. The thesis statement is the most important component of your essay. It is the MAIN IDEA, which means that everything you argue in your essay should relate back to your thesis.
It’s pretty common for a paper to have a strong, argumentative, well-written thesis, but then end up going in a different direction. While you might want to return to that original statement, it’s important to remember that you can adjust your thesis just as much as the rest of your essay. So after exploring your topic in writing your first draft, there’s a way to make sure that your thesis is “up-to-date” before working on your final draft.