Thesis Help For Rookies: How To Do Well At The Defense


So, it has come down to your last year in school and you are just a semester or two away from your Master’s degree. The only thing standing in the way of you getting that diploma is a couple more classes and a huge, tedious, involved, and time-consuming thesis paper. Don’t worry. With proper planning and a strict schedule, you will have it done in no time.

The idea behind your thesis is to choose a topic of interest in your field of study and then write a long and involved paper proving a hypothesis you developed from your research. You have gotten the paper finished and you feel confident however the worse is yet to come. The thesis defense is the hardest part of the process. Here are some great ways to ensure that you do great at the thesis defense portion.

  1. Know it by heart
  2. You should have such a strong knowledge of your topic that you could probably recite your forty page thesis without glancing at a page. Okay maybe not that well, but you should be able to explain every concept and every experiment that you conducted for your project. This is super important. You don’t have to recite it verbatim but you should be able to reiterate the main points without having to read it out of the text.

  3. Create possible questions
  4. Create a huge list of possible questions that you think that you may be asked. Have someone ask you these questions and prepare yourself to answer them. You don’t necessarily have to drag someone else into it, but it will help you prepare for the real thing.

  5. Take notes
  6. Take notes on your thesis paper so that you can read through them before you go in. This is mainly because your nerves may cause you to forget some of the information. Your nerves will usually get the best of you. If you have some notes, it will help you calm down so that you can concentrate on the material.

  7. Relax
  8. You did all of the research and you wrote a huge paper on the information. It would be really hard to forget all of the things that you have learned. The defense is just the time where you present your information so go out there and show the world what you learned.