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How to Write a Thesis Proposal – 5 Main Factors

How to Write a Thesis Proposal – 5 Main Factors

When you’re in high school or college, you’ll be asked to write a thesis before graduating. This entire process can be nerve racking because there are many steps involved in writing the perfect thesis. For example, you have to find a popular topic, make sure it’s well-structured, and provide evidence along the way. It can be brutal, especially when you haven’t written a thesis before. If you can break down the entire process into little steps, then you’ll have an easier time putting everything together. Today I’ll be exploring 5 very important factors you should consider when you sit down to write the perfect thesis proposal.

1. Introduction

I’m hoping by now, you have a particular topic in mind, one which gets readers thinking and speaks to the current or future demands of people. The introduction should focus on the overall purpose of your thesis. It’s common to wait until the end to write out your introduction because you’ll have an easier time putting something insightful together. Once you’re done writing your thesis, you’ve laid out all the main points, added value, and finished writing your conclusion. Then you can go back and write your introduction knowing what to include. Either way, when writing your introduction think about including the following:

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  • Statement of goal(s)
  • Scope of your work
  • Any previous work you are building on (acknowledgments)

2. Problem Statement

This is a clear introduction to the problem which currently exists that is being addressed by your thesis. This provides an overview of the context of the research study and generates questions which the research tends to answer. It’s a focal point and consists of one sentence with accompanying paragraphs for elaboration. The person should be able to clearly understand the problem by reading the “statement.” In other words, it should be right to the point.

3. Importance of Background

Provide information on why this topic is important, then provide solid evidence to support your claim. For example, if I’m writing my paper on the growing concern of black-hat techniques in SEO, then I should support this statement by including background research that I’ve done. I’ll provide evidence on algorithm updates, what Google has said, and websites using black-hat strategies in SEO.

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The main objective when providing background information on your topic is to show there is value in your topic. It’s to explain why this topic is of concern, backed up with evidence.

4. The Purpose

Now that you have provided an introduction, written a problem statement, and given some background information, it’s time to showcase the purpose of your thesis. This can be in many forms so it’s important you know what you’re trying to prove. For example, is the purpose of your thesis to analyze something, evaluate results, understand, interpret or change a previous study? You can also approach this step by asking yourself – what are you trying to learn from your research project?

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Knowing your purpose will guide your research because you won’t get overwhelmed with all the facts, and just focus on those which help support your purpose.

5. Hypothesis

Clearly state the results you expect to see after your research is complete. You know your purpose and the background information so after completing your research, do you expect the results to change or remain the same? Here’s a quick definition of a hypothesis:

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“A proposed answer to a question or problem that can be verified or rejected through testing. A hypothesis statement is typically an educated guess as to the relationship between factors, and serves as the basis for an experiment to test whether the relationship holds true.” – apus.libanswers.com

Putting together your hypothesis is not hard especially if you are passionate about your research topic and know what you want to prove in the end. You can do a quick Google search to find additional information on how to formulate the perfect hypothesis for your thesis proposal.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

You’ll Only Live Your Best Life Once You Step Out

You’ll Only Live Your Best Life Once You Step Out

Fear is a valuable thing. It keeps people safe and encourages caution when caution is due. But Fear can also be a limiting factor because not everything you’re afraid of should really be feared.

Have you ever been faced with a situation where you were afraid of making a decision, making a change or taking a risk?

Did you end up taking that risk or making that decision? Or, did you just stay put and left things as they were? If you did, are you happy with how things have turned out?

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It’s in our nature to like feeling safe–to be in comfort and away from danger. This has always been the case since the beginning of time, when the first humans only knew how to prioritize survival. Even today, many still choose to play it safe and avoid taking risks or taking leaps of faith when it comes to their choices in life.

The Realist and the Dreamer

To put it simply, there are two kinds of people: the realists and the dreamers. The realists are the logical and cautious type of individuals who always think and weigh out the pros and cons before making any decisions–especially the big, life changing ones. Whether it was deciding on what to major in at University, what career path to take, whether or not to purchase that house or car, to go on that holiday, or to splurge on that new watch, the realist thinks long and hard before making a decision, if they even decide. Realists stick to the “what’s next?” plan for the future and may not abstractly consider different possibilities for where life can lead. This is usually because of the confidence they have already devoted to an accepted plan.

Realists have dreams too, but these are more so rooted in ambition, drive and determination. They are goals that have been enumerated for some time. Realists understand that progress requires more than ambition and drive, but also, connections. They feel that life is never worry-free because of survival, responsibility and…paying a rent or a mortgage. As a result, they tend to make safe choices and stick to their comfort of knowing what’s best for themselves.

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Now let’s look at the dreamers. The dreamers are well, dreamers. They have big lofty ambitions, are risk takers, sometimes over impulsive, but they often always challenge the norms of society and dare to think outside the box. This is not to say that they do not have plans or a path that they want to follow. But they are more likely to change the course of their journey through time, experience and by following their heart.

Dreamers derive their inspiration from within. No one else’s perspectives weigh in greatly enough to shift a dreamer’s drive. Dreamers don’t allow their fears to consume them. They may fail from time to time, but they never give up on life or love.

Embrace Fear

So which of the two do you think you are? And is one better than the other? In life, balance is always key. I’m sure you would have heard the saying: “everything in moderation”. Likewise, being a realist isn’t any better than being a dreamer. Both come with their challenges. But what I do know, is that no matter where you are in life, fear should always be seen as a way of pushing you towards becoming a better you.

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Stepping outside of your comfort zone is a type of fear that should be embraced. If you see yourself as a dreamer, then great! Chances are, stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t new to you. Whether it’s deciding to drop out of University to start your own business, moving to a new country on your own, taking that step to ask someone out on a date despite thinking they’re way out of your league, or deciding to quit your high paying job of 10 years to become a DJ. You chose to do that because you knew that you would most likely regret the ‘what ifs’ more than the mistakes (if any) of those decisions.

But if you’ve always been more of a cautious individual (nearing towards being a realist), then I hope you’ll give more thought to embracing the act of stepping out more! Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to start making hasty or bold decisions such as the ones mentioned. It just means opening your mind to the acceptance that stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t a bad thing, it’s not something to be hesitant or afraid of.

Managing Fear

In times of stress or discomfort, remember that some of the best things happen when you’re afraid or put in an uncomfortable situation. These experiences can both challenge you and help you grow. Commit to giving the situation a try with your best effort, and keep expectations low to reduce additional pressure. Living outside of one’s comfort zone is by definition uncomfortable. Therefore, the best habit you can foster within yourself is the practice of becoming familiar with discomfort.

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You may be at a crossroad in life and feeling undecided about something, or you may feel like you’re not happy with where you’re at right now. It could be a job that you’re not happy with, a relationship you’re not happy in, or even just knowing that you’re too comfortable with where you’re at that you don’t feel challenged. All of this uncertainty can be traced back to your intentions. What is it that you want? What is it that you’re looking for?

So, What Are You Looking For?

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut or know that you need some sort of change, but you’re just not sure how to take that step towards the change, why not subscribe to our newsletter? Our daily inspiration will help you embark on a journey, and will allow you to find that light at the end of the tunnel you’re searching for.

At Lifehack, we’re dedicated to helping you find the ideal solutions to your problems, and with over 15 years of experience in coaching, we have condensed our knowledge and practices into a highly effective transformational model that you can use to not only help you out of your rut, but to also help you find new and bigger meaning to your life.

Stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t always the easiest, but we’re here to make it easier for you to realize your true potential. The time to act is now!

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