Tips to help your writing

There are some key tips to keep in mind when you are writing your thesis:

  • Split your thesis into smaller manageable parts (e.g. the respective sections - introduction, method, results, discussion) as this will help you manage the workload.
  • Your thesis should read like a well-structured argument and demonstrate a degree of critical thinking.
  • Looking at some completed theses in your discipline is a good starting point. You can access submitted theses across Australia here, and within Monash here.
  • Thesis requirements will vary across courses. It is helpful to review what the specific requirements are early as this can help to guide how you will approach yours.
  • Avoid burying your main ideas in the middle of your thesis. Instead, be as specific as possible and avoid using vague terminology as this can make things hard for the reader to understand.
  • The tone of the piece should be formal and professional, so avoid using informal language such as personal pronouns and rhetorical questions.
  • Don't expect your first go to be perfect. A thesis will have many revisions before it is finalised so the best thing to do is to just start with getting your ideas on the page and refine these as you go.