The official variant of the bachelor’s thesis: It is an examination in the form of a text on a specific topic. You are to collect and evaluate previous knowledge on the topic then gain new insight using so-called scientific techniques and methods.
The bachelor’s thesis is the final project of the Bachelor program. You should prove that you can work and write scientifically. It’s a unique work because both the topic and the grade are written DIRECTLY and in the wording on the certificate. Thus, the bachelor’s thesis is the ONLY independent achievement of your entire studies that can be recognized by outsiders.
A 1 before the decimal point looks fantastic on the certificate! And the smaller the number after the decimal point, the better.
That was the official description of the thesis...
The truth about the bachelor’s thesis (unofficial version):
- The bachelor’s thesis is a tough nut to crack.
- It is the ultimate barrier between you and your dream job or dream master’s degree.
- The work shows you mercilessly what you can and cannot do.
- You're alone with it.
- No one understands you or your problems.
- You feel more overwhelmed than you’ve ever before in your entire life.
- You read so many good texts that you feel very small and incompetent.
- In addition, there is also the feeling of deteriorating good sentences from other texts. This feels completely meaningless.
- Friends are constantly advising you not to worry so much and just write something down.
- You are struggling with motivation, suffering from postponement, receiving hardly any feedback and wishing this was all over as soon as possible.
In the end you are not even proud of your bachelor’s thesis. You can't rid yourself of the feeling that you have simply copied everything and hardly created anything by yourself. The many obviously copied passages in textbooks of other authors can puzzle you as well. Their apparent inability (or laziness?) makes you doubt the whole project even more. You lost your faith in the honesty of science long ago...
But there are ways and means not only to get through the project, but to complete your bachelor’s thesis fast and efficiently so you receive top marks!
What is the best approach to the bachelor’s thesis?
As a rule, 8-12 weeks are allowed for the bachelor’s thesis. However, an extension is usually necessary. In the end there is almost always stress, night shifts and dissatisfaction with the result of days and nights work.
But you can plan your bachelor’s thesis like a project by dividing the work into 7 milestones and 30 sprints. The most important stages of the bachelor’s thesis are:
Milestone 1: The topic and suitable sources have been found.
Milestone 2: The outline and a proposal or introduction is written
Milestone 3: The theory chapter is finished.
Milestone 4: The chapter on the state of research is complete.
Milestone 5: The analysis and the results chapter are finished.
Milestone 6: The entire text is finished.
Milestone 7: The work is printed and submitted.
The grade of the thesis depends on:
- The quality of the content,
- Outline of the work,
- Formalities and language.
- The requirements are clear. Think carefully about what you need to do to receive the highest mark.
What are the hardest problems when it comes to writing the bachelor’s thesis:
- Finding the topic at the beginning,
- Finding enough suitable sources,
- Quoting sources correctly,
- Obtaining a functioning outline,
- Creating a real personal contribution instead of just writing it off,
- Formulating and writing scientifically,
- Resisting the temptation of copy&paste with sources from the Internet,
- Having a storyline in the text,
- Producing a text free of errors,
- and all within a tight schedule…
In addition, there are about 30 to 40 other challenges such as formatting, preparing presentations, citing obscure sources, setting up consultations, gathering data, finding survey participants, and so on and so forth. The right methods and Aristolo's thesis guide will help overcome all of these problems.
Methods play an important role in the bachelor’s thesis.
Methods are all kinds of approaches, concepts, tools or aids with which knowledge can be gained. Most of the methods are not trained at the university. But now you need them. The following methods are important:
- Methods for researching books and articles,
- Evaluation of sources,
- Formalizing and modeling,
- Questioning techniques for interviews and surveys,
- Evaluation of interviews,
- Data analysis,
- Writing techniques.
There are endless explanations for these methods on the Internet, but they require some time to get used to them.
What role do supervisors play in the bachelor’s thesis and what do they expect?
Supervisors are available for consultations. They accept your topic or help individually with the topic search. They often also evaluate your work. But in most cases, the supervisor is an assistant and the professor ultimately evaluates the bachelor’s thesis.
Supervisors expect two things above all: disciplined adherence to the rules of academic research and writing in addition to the student’s personal intellectual achievement. What they do not like are certain sayings.
The tiresome topic of Internet sources
Hardly anything is as frowned upon in a bachelor’s thesis as internet sources: Why is that? Because copy and paste has made it easy to build a text from bits and pieces from the Internet.
But there are very different types of Internet sources, and they're not all bad. Some can be used appropriately, which will allow you to make faster progress. In particular, Wikipedia offers many advantages for the thesis.
What aids will help me with the bachelor’s thesis?
There are numerous aids, helpers and aid programs. But some of these sources are no help at all because they are frauds like ghostwriting. By the way, it is not the ghostwriter who is the cheater, but the one who submits a foreign text as his or her own text. That's why ghostwriters have no inhibitions about actively advertising...
Beware of plagiarism!
The biggest risk of a bachelor’s thesis is plagiarism, copying without sufficient indication of the source or even completely without indication of the source. This violation will be severely punished. One should be happy if he/she is allowed to write the work again, if at all. However, the worst case is that you can't receive your degree...
The issue of plagiarism is widely discussed. However, hardly anyone knows how to spot plagiarism, how it can be recognized and how to avoid plagiarism in your own text. Unfortunately, anti-counterfeiting techniques are not on the curriculum...
I don't feel like it anymore...
Of course motivation is extremely important to the progression of your bachelor’s thesis. To be motivated, you need to create small successes in the bachelor’s thesis again and again. Complete work packages along the master plan and you feel better. That's how you will have "quick wins". Such easily measurable successes inspire the bachelor’s thesis:
- Written pages,
- Read pages,
- Procured sources,
- Topic is registered,
- Outline is ready,
- Outline is adopted,
- Introduction is written,
- Chapters are written,
- Dates with experts are agreed upon,
- Data is collected,
- Personal contribution is written,
- Conclusion is written and much more.
Unfortunately, motivation always goes down the drain when you need it most... This is when the work packages from the master plan help!
So, to sum up:
You need a plan, the right methods, motivation, tips and techniques against problems, tools against the time wasters and one goal: to do the work quickly and well. Aristolo's thesis guide will help you finish your bachelor’s thesis in 31 days and receive a grade of a 1 before the decimal point.
Good luck writing your text!
Silvio and the Team Aristolo
PS: Check out the Thesis-ABC and the Thesis Guide for writing a bachelor thesis in 31 days.