“Writing is fun,” thought the almost graduate while writing the first 20 pages of his bachelor's thesis. His conscience was serene and he was satisfied with himself. Unfortunately, his supervisor was anything but satisfied: far too much on topic AA, but topic DD is completely missing. Furthermore, real academic sources, studies, etc. are missing.

Uh oh! Now I have to revise again, go back to the library to find new sources, rewrite, delete sections...

How can writing academic texts be fun?

It's simple: success is fun no matter where you find it. Success can be measured in written pages. These pages may then be deemed acceptable according to your supervisor. Success is mostly a question of technique and of a skillful approach.

Learn a few simple techniques and you will fill the empty pages of your bachelor's or master's thesis very quickly with compelling content. Then the supervisor is satisfied and maybe even enjoys reading it...

Writing technique 1: Make sure that the thesis is neatly structured.

Make sure that you have a workable outline following the standards for the outline of a scientific paper. The chapter headings structure your text so you have no longer blank sheets of paper to be afraid of. This will definitely give you orientation and motivation. You "only" have to fill the empty spaces between the headings. Just follow the chapter headings. The following steps will ensure even more progress on your text.

Writing Technique 2: Arrange the relevant sources in the chapters.

You can already enter the appropriate sources in the chapter using the headings. The building material is, so to speak, reserved for the right floor so it’s best to prepare for construction in advance. Let’s look at an example for chapter "2.3 Marketing Mix": Insert a reference such as Meffert, H. (2013) Marketing management: analysis-strategy implementation. Springer publishing house.

By the way, the best way to avoid plagiarism is by keeping your sources in order. The fear of producing plagiarism is one of the primary obstacles faced during writing.

Writing Technique 3: Copy definitions and illustrations into the chapters.

Search the definitions and illustrations of models for your chapter keywords but stick to reputable sources. This may not be possible for every chapter, but it is expected for the theory and the state of research chapters.

Use basic books on the subject for the definitions. Springer Publishing has a variety of textbooks that cover many topics and are mostly free of charge for students as an e-book.

Writing technique 4: Formulate chapter questions and use them to filter relevant content from sources.

Treat each chapter as a separate text on a specific topic. The chapter must always answer certain questions, according to the title of the chapter. Apply this logic to yourself  and first write the questions that will be answered in EACH chapter. Then answer the questions with the help of the sources, almost like you would do on an exam. Pay attention to the correct depreciation technique.

Writing Technique 5: Write with sample formulations.

Certain content is described in the individual chapters. For such content certain sample formulations exist, such as for a problem derivation, the discussion or the conclusion. You will find a unique collection of such sample formulations for EVERY chapter of your text in the Aristolo Thesis Guide. Simply search the Thesis Guide for the appropriate chapter, such as Procedure or Theory, and you will find the sample formulations.

The quickest way to produce compelling content is to formulate precise chapter headings, assign the sources, ask questions relevant to each chapter, find the answers in the sources then use the sample formulations to formulate the text in the chapter... When it’s put that way, it doesn't sound like magic or rocket science.

With these five techniques you will write a significantly better thesis in less time. Your storyline is visible from the beginning through a clean sample outline. Your formulations are exemplary and the contents are also state of the art. You even cited everything correctly. This is definitely fun!

Good luck writing your text!

Silvio and the Team Aristolo

PS: Check out the Thesis-ABC and the Thesis Guide for writing a bachelor or master thesis in 31 days.

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