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Grad Writing Lab

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

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Editing So That It Makes Sense: Breaking Down Your Thesis Like 1,2,3…

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.

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