Helpful Hints for Writing A Thesis Statement

Remember the formula for a good thesis statement:

Subject + Claim + Three points of support (examples)

Let’s say I am writing about going back to college.
Here’s what that thesis statement might look like:

Going back to college was a complex process that involved researching a school, applying for admission and enrolling in classes.

This thesis statement clearly expresses what the essay is about (going back to college.) It gives us a topic than can be discussed (why the process was complicated), and it establishes the organizational structure of the essay (three specific reasons for the complicated process: researching, applying, and enrolling.)

The supporting paragraphs will contain the details and support for each of the reasons. In other words, supporting paragraph #1 will be about researching a school, supporting paragraph #2 will be about applying for admission, and supporting paragraph #3 will be about enrolling in classes. See how that works?

To help you get started, jot down a preliminary thesis statement that names your topic, asserts your ideas about this topic, and suggests the arrangement of your paper’s argument. Remember to use the formula!

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