Students who are learning how to write thesis papers should begin their projects by dividing the task into three categories: research, writing, and editing.
First, students who are learning how to write theses should perform thorough research on their subjects. If they need to build their basic knowledge of the thesis subject or related fields, particularly in order to understand the jargon they encounter, they may begin research by reading a few textbook or encyclopedia entries; these sources often provide a brief overview of the whole subject, giving the reader an elementary understanding thereof, which he or she may then augment through further research. After obtaining an introduction to the subject, the thesis writer should then progress to deeper research, reading books and articles as well as performing any primary research that may be necessary, such as conducting experiments, interviews, or surveys.
Second, students who are learning how to write thesis papers should determine how they want to execute their ideas in written form. They should determine, for example, whether the thesis will be primarily expository or whether it will argue a certain conclusion about a chosen subject. If the thesis is expository, the writer should craft a thesis statement that delimits the discussion of the subject; if, on the other hand, the thesis is argumentative, the writer should craft a thesis statement that declares the paper's position and all the points that the paper will argue. Then, the writer should create the body of the thesis as a thorough exposition of the thesis statement, writing a chapter or two on each of the statement's phrases.
Third, students who are learning how to write theses should pay careful attention to the editing stage of their projects. They should comb their papers for spelling and grammar errors, flaws in logic, and inaccuracies in research. Outside help can be especially useful in this regard; students may hire proofreaders to check the mechanics of their writing, and they may ask their classmates or major professors to review the content of the theses.