Practical thesis – How to avoid mistakes?

by Kevin Wandu

All students are unanimous in the opinion that the practical part is the most difficult in the thesis. As they say: tossing bags is not to weave with your tongue. What should you do to avoid revisions and comments? Try not to make mistakes. After all, preventing a problem is always easier than fixing it.

Mistake # 1 – Practical and theoretical parts are not related in any way

The only possible option, when such a “ride” – no one will read the thesis. The odds are almost nil, so consider the following. If in the theoretical part you talk about conditional “adventures in Asia”, then the empirical chapter should be devoted to this same Asia, and not to Antarctica.

Mistake # 2 – Actual data does not correspond to reality

Here you have chosen a certain LLC, and then brightly, colorfully and as accurately as possible describe its activities and your participation in it. And it seems at first glance everything is neat and okay, but the meticulous uncle professor opens the register (calls, google, etc.) and finds out: there is no such LLC, or this legal entity, for example, does not collect pollen for honey, but melts the metal. Oooops. You will be accused of lying, unprofessional and, of course, they will say that no practical issue has been worked out. Shame and shame.

Mistake # 3 – A lot of mistakes

No matter how informative, useful, and interesting the practical part is, no one has canceled grammar and punctuation. Error on error and makes a mistake – this is the only way to say about some geniuses of technical specialties who are not friendly with the language. What can you do? At a minimum, use the Word text editor feature to correct the underlined words. And the maximum is to give a thesis for proofreading and editing.

The appearance of your work is of great importance – therefore it is important to avoid mistakes in spelling or design.

Mistake # 4 – Inaccuracies in calculations

It’s a fiasco, bro. The practical part is called so to demonstrate practical skills. So what happens? We cannot connect two plus two, but we are applying for the status of a certified specialist. Formulas, drawings, diagrams, examples, calculations – all this is related to algorithms, standards, templates. Step to the right, step to the left – refinement. That is why the practical chapter of the thesis is most often ordered from a thesis paper writer, or a lot of time is spent on writing it.

Mistake # 5 – Lack of conclusions

Each chapter should end with subtotals. This is important to remember. It is not enough just to write conclusions in the conclusion (although some people manage to forget this too). It is important to take stock at each stage. By the way, this will greatly simplify the task in the end. And one more obligatory aspect: do not try to copy the intermediate conclusions word for word and place them in the conclusion. Show your imagination, or at least rewrite the material.

Do not try to copy the intermediate conclusions word for word and place them in the conclusion.

Mistake # 6 – The practical part is not compatible with the introduction and conclusion

The structural elements of the thesis should be clearly linked. It is impossible for the practical part to live on its own, and the thesis creates the impression – some in the forest, some for firewood. How can this be achieved? The first and main life hack – write the introduction and conclusion after the theoretical and practical part is ready. Believe me, this is a completely normal practice. You are not a super genius to write an introduction at the beginning and clearly understand how practical developments will end.

Mistake # 7 – Illiterate design

Handbook (in our case – a brochure) of a graduate student – guidelines. We open, check each item, correct. If any requirements are confusing, it is better to ask, but you should not ignore the requirements. Citizens employees of the department tried, developed, and I’m from a height. It happens that the guidelines are vague.

Mistake # 8 – The technique is not described in the practical part

Everyone who reads the thesis should understand why you are formulating the practical part in this way. You should not start right away with the results of surveys, formulas, examples, etc. Outline the methodology and indicate why such methods were chosen. Everything can be very clear to you as an author. But the quest “guess it yourself” is unlikely to be appreciated.

Indicate the methodology and indicate why such methods were chosen

Mistake # 9Thesis has no practical significance

After reading your qualification paper, especially its practical part, reviewers should understand why the research was carried out. The less they have

the more questions left, the better for you. Describe what your work gives to science or practice, how conclusions can affect the solution of a particular problem, and, finally, how are you as a researcher better than hundreds of others who have already written a work on this topic.

Mistake # 10 – Practical part is illogical and confusing

This usually happens when there are many thoughts, but they are all about nothing. Or vice versa, when the initial data is too small, and the author is trying to reach the required volume. 

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