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The University Essay
Transcript of The University Essay
you can use the hamburger method..
.. or not
a simple thesis
three arguments that support your thesis
.. but here's an idea..
it's a start
forget the rules,
now you have
you can structure your essay around
your essay can be
new and improved
four main elements
this thing called a
"lather, rinse, and repeat"
is the driving force of your essay
it is where your ideas come from
and guides the exploration of your topic
in developing your research question
is compiling a list of various things you want to learn about your topic
you are trying to discover something
an idea that has never been explored
try to come up with several questions that have yet to be answered
once you have your list
choose the question you are
then ask yourself:
"does the question interest me enough to provoke my own original thoughts and opinions?"
"what type of information will I need?"
"is the breadth of information reasonable?"
"is my question too broad, too narrow, or just right?"
"can I access the information I need?"
this is the
"based on the previous answers, do I have a
research question that I will be able to answer through my research?"
if your answer is
you are ready for the next step
if it's a
make the necessary changes
to provide you with that solid research question
repeat this process as many times as necessary
the thesis you first come up with does not need to be
at the beginning, your thesis need only be a general guide
and it can
.. but first,
let's start with the
a means of
a basis for selecting the most
of your ideas
a means of illustrating the
chain of thoughts
that led to your conclusion
is different from the theses you are probably accustomed to in high school
as your essay progresses
it is continuously evolving
as you discover and analyse
a way to guide the
a thesis is a
about some part of your topic
an outline of the
your argument will take
your thesis is flexible,
it allows for alterations to be made based on your
to formulate your working thesis
an idea about your topic
begin with an
often it is the
to your research question
gather your research and see how far your thesis can go in
for this evidence
look at the evidence that is
or find other information that seems important to your topic but is beyond your thesis
by the thesis
your thesis to accommodate what doesn't fit
as many times as needed
the thesis guides your analysis of the information gathered
your analysis and findings shape and mold your thesis
the dialectic (or tension) between the
is a reciprocal cycle
the back-and-forth helps
your understanding of the topic
upon finishing your first draft,
review your working thesis by asking
"does my thesis statement clearly state my argument or analysis?"
"are my supporting points emphasised?"
"does it present the structure of my paper?"
based on your answers
make any necessary changes to your thesis and your draft
is where you question the
of what you are writing about
and why your argument
often the "so what?" is a way to
by leaving the reader with something new to
identifying some of the
of your argument
the point you've already made
your argument is important in a more broad context
while developing your thesis
"why is my claim significant?"
can help you
on your thesis and come up with a
foundation for your essay
as said by Canadian journalist Babara Frum;
"tell me something
about something I
"lather, rinse, and repeat"
is the process of doing the previous steps
over and over
until you have your polished essay
now you have the basics of the
now take your new knowledge
go forth and
knock 'em dead