How to choose the thesis supervisor? How to start writing it? If you are asking yourself these questions, then you need my help.
Yes, that’s right, the last effort and it will be over! Sooner or later, for all university students, the fateful moment of writing the thesis will come and we must not panic. As always, just have a plan!
I’ll tell you my experience, it might help you make your decisions.
How to choose the thesis supervisor?
I started well in advance, asking the professor I wanted as a speaker for availability, because I already knew he was in great demand. Why did I choose him? Unlike the general cases, I did not choose my rapporteur based on rumors: how many legends I heard about hypothetical theories for which that professor was super helpful, that other was idle, that other was Superman! Let me tell you, they are all nonsense! I preferred to follow my instincts and my personal impressions.
In fact, if I have to be completely honest, I had already decided to be followed by him from the first moment I followed his first lesson, to the first year of university! Premature? Maybe yes, but I could not be indifferent to his professionalism, to his preparation, to the passion for his work, the topics he addressed, the way of exposing and treating them, the originality, the ability to be able to capture everyone’s attention and to arouse interest and curiosity.
How to choose the topic of the thesis?
This is surely the question that is letting the smoke out of your ears. Choosing the wrong topic can be fatal: do you really want to spend months and months of your life reading, studying and writing about a topic that you don’t find at all interesting or inspiring? I do not think so.
I know that not all are roses and flowers, but getting ahead of the professor with clearer ideas is the key to avoiding unnecessary dramas. My advice, make a list of the topics that interest you most and try to make a ranking of preference. Your professor will be able to direct you and advise you for the best.
I advise you to choose a topic that you really like and involve you, so everything will be easier for you; any doubt you have also always ask the professor, he will surely know how to help you.
I still remember that I went to the professor’s reception expressing in a decisive way that I intended to do the thesis with him and the macro area in which I wanted to choose the topic of the thesis. He thought about it a few moments and proposed the topic to me, which I immediately liked and accepted.
How long does it take to write a thesis?
There are those who decide to take all the exams of all the subjects and then, only at the end, dedicate themselves to the thesis; others prefer to do both at the same time.
The most intense part dedicated to the thesis was the 10 months before graduation! Don’t be afraid of the time I spent, everyone has their own times.
I spent so much time because in the first months I dedicated myself to the last exams. I also wanted to devote so much space to the research and construction phase of the bibliography, since it is among the fundamental things of the thesis. Remember: poor bibliography equates to a poor thesis, so don’t underestimate it!
In recent months, however, I have dealt with the writing of the chapters.
Compilation or experimental thesis?
The duration of preparation was so long because we decided that the thesis should be experimental and not compiling.
The compilation thesis is the re-elaboration of materials, data, theories and concepts on a given already existing topic; the experimental thesis instead provides a research carried out personally by the student: having set an objective and decided the tools to be used, it is necessary to present the results obtained.
Certainly the timing is different and an experimental thesis takes longer, but in general it is the type of thesis with which it is possible to obtain higher marks and, above all, more satisfaction.
How do you write a thesis?
In the first part of my work I dedicated myself to empirical research, then I addressed some steps that I was advised by the professor to do the job in a more fluid and simple way:
- I agreed on the bibliography;
- I read the texts to understand what would have served me for the draft;
- I made a structured index, what is it? It is an index in which at each paragraph it is necessary to write briefly what it means to speak;
- I have written in order bibliography, introduction, chapters, conclusion, thanks, appendices and index.
I had no particular difficulties following the method of work I described to you, the work was fluid and simple. Besides, this experience has given me the opportunity to learn so much, I even believe I learned more in these 10 months than in my entire university career.
At this point the supervisor reviewed it and after the final corrections I uploaded it to the student portal! That was the moment when I felt incredibly light, I didn’t care so much about the speech I should have had in the graduation session because I personally took care of every little detail.
Is it necessary to bind the thesis?
Even if we are now in the digital age and in almost all the universities it is not necessary to also deliver a paper copy of the thesis, my advice is to still bind a copy for you and one for your supervisor.
The fun part was choosing the cover for the binding. There are those who say that every faculty has its own color, for example in blue jurisprudence, for red medicine, for letters and white philosophy. In reality you can choose the one you like best, there are no fixed rules to be respected in this regard.
Without this you can dedicate yourself to various outfits and celebrations.
Have you already chosen the topic of the thesis? And your rapporteur?