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Learn how to write better school papers with the tips in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Paper and pen or a computer
Form a working thesis
Form a working thesis during the rough draft phase. A working thesis states the conclusion you expect your research to support. The working thesis can change as your essay progresses.
Do research and take notes
Research your topic and take detailed notes on your sources. Use this information to refine your working thesis into a thesis statement that is supported by your research.
Focus the statement
Focus on one main idea of a broader subject. Limit your statement to fit the scope of the assignment.
Take a position
Craft your thesis statement so that it has a clearly defined relationship to the subject of your essay. Take a position on the subject; don't just state a fact.
Keep it short. A thesis should be only one or two sentences long.
Place the thesis at the end of the first paragraph
Insert your thesis statement at the end of the first paragraph of your essay.