Practical Tips to Write a Good First Draft of Your Thesis Paper

As a college student, writing is an inevitable part of the journey. Writing, unfortunately, is not an automatic thing; it is a process that requires a lot of patience and determination. But before you start writing your thesis or dissertation, you need to come up with a draft to help you with your idea.

Tips and options on how you can create a draft for your thesis

  • Just write

It is as simple as it sounds. You don’t need to have it all figured out. If you have an idea, you can start with that. Once written, it does not mean you cannot change it. You can change your work later when you revisit it, and you are editing it. If you need to say something, say it. Look at how you can connect it with other ideas. Slowly by slowly, these ideas will come up to support the thesis. 

  • Create an outline

Start a topic for your thesis, and then write down some points that you may get more flesh from to support your case. When coming up with the outline, it does not need to be detailed. It is just an outline. 

  • Begin with research 

If the assignment that you have requires you to do research, make sure you do that research. It is essential and should be done early. This research is key to getting more knowledge about the topic. Research is fundamental. If done early, it can give you credible and enough information to change your thesis. If it is done later and then you desire to change your view, it would be after a lot of work has been done and commitments made. Research is also helpful in giving you information to help you flesh out what you want to say. 

  • Essay structure

At this point, you might be familiar with some essay structures. The most common being the five-paragraph essay structure. In this format, the first paragraph is to introduces the topic; body paragraphs follow the opening. You should note that the body contains three sections. Then finally, you have the conclusion paragraph. This paragraph has the main ideas summarized and discussed in that essay. It also states the thesis again. 

  • Avoid the three-point structure

The aim of your thesis should be to address a single issue. It should not bring out a three-point structure. Your thesis question should only focus on covering a single and narrow topic in great depth. You can look into the question from different perspectives rather than trying to address it broadly. 

  • There is no correct number of points

When you are looking to put down points, there is no definite number of issues. The number of points you have is dependent primarily on how long your paper is. 

  • Good spots for a thesis are more than one 

When writing your college paper assignment, there may be a possibility that your thesis question will not be in the first paragraph. There are other places where you can put it. You can place it at the end of the introduction. You can have it after the topic has been introduced; this will give your readers a little more context. Sometimes some colleges require you to bring out all the multiple sides of the issue before introducing the thesis. Having the thesis there allows you to have a thorough discussion on the question. When writing your thesis, there are some common places where you can find the landing, but truly a thesis can be anywhere. 


When writing your first draft, some other things you need to consider is how you write your beginnings, how you write your middles, and how you write your ends. Following these tips can help you write a successful thesis.