There are a few questions you should be asking yourself and even your tutor when creating your thesis statement. It is not an element that should be rushed. It is imperative that you get the details right from the very beginning because if you pick a flimsy thesis statement then it makes the rest of your project a lot more difficult, especially if you are going for the higher grades.
Do I really need a strong thesis statement?
A stronger thesis statement will help you leave fewer loose ends. It helps to give your conclusion a more definitive end when you re-reference your thesis as it appears in the introduction. It helps to give your work a stronger direction so that it is easier to read and understand.
Should I pose a problem, ask a question or make a statement?
These are the three broad options you have. If you pose a problem, then you have to conclude by showing how you solved it, how it may be solved, or how you cannot solve it (obviously explaining why). If you ask a question within your thesis then your job is to answer it by the time the conclusion arrives. If you make a statement then try to pick one that can be proven true or false, or you may make your project a lot harder than it has to be.
Should I put my thesis statement at the top?
There is no universally set position, and frankly it is your work so you can put it where you please. However, a lot of people and your examiners are used to seeing it in the introduction. If your introduction is pretty long and the thesis statement makes it even longer, then putting it just below the introduction is fine. Do not make your thesis statement too long unless it truly cannot be avoided because it is a sign of a poorly defined thesis statement.
Do I need to explain my thesis statement?
The statement appears in/near the introduction, and if you have posed one that may raise a few eyebrows then it is a good idea to add in a few supporting statements to show your work is credible and not fictional.
What if people think my thesis is silly?
This happens from time to time, especially if your thesis and your work is based on an idea that is not normally accepted. If this is the case then add one or two paragraphs after the introduction to fully clarify your position. Define your thesis in clear terms so that it cannot be misunderstood. Try to justify your logic and make it clear that later on in your work there is proof of your position and/or theory.
Isn’t a narrow scope a bad thing?
You may think that a broad topic has more room for research and may allow you to add more points to your work, but the broader the topic then the longer your paper has to become. A narrow scope may be less exciting, but it will help you create a more definitive piece of work.
What if I get stuck for ideas?
If this happens then you can have a big brainstorming session, or you can use us and have them do the hard work for you. They can simply come up with a basis for your thesis if you want, and you can take it from there. If you are feeling a little more penned in than that then you can have them write the whole paper, which is going to give you more time to study for exams.