We have never met anyone who did not complain that time was falling on him while writing his thesis. What at first seemed like a sea of time has become a sigh. The blame? Some relaxation at the beginning (in some cases) but, above all, the duration and effort involved in the steps of raising your hypothesis, arriving at the synthesis and adequately exposing the conclusions. Lucky also the one that does not have to combine it with a working day of eight hours or endless weekend work.
Knowledge in the chosen subject is essential, of course. But there are three other fundamental aspects that are not always given due attention and that, in fact, can make a difference in the final note of the file:
- proper writing
- structural coherence
- perfect spelling
At this point, we must consider what project we intend to present, see where it falters and analyze what we can modify to be proud of that copy whose life does not end with its presentation, but will become a text of consultation and usefulness for future promotions. It sounds good, right?
Before correcting a thesis we must:
Be clear about the structure of the text. Write, document, write, document … to infinity and beyond.
Analyze the content
Leave the text in “rest” for a few days (or hours, if time is short) before starting the correction.
Most translators and proofreaders leave the document “to rest” after a first correction or translation: this distance from the work allows us to dissociate elements that we had overlooked. It is one of the most important steps of all writing that must be read or published and that we should never skip.
Next, we will study in the most objective way the strengths and especially the weaknesses of the work. It is also important that, from the beginning, we are aware of the ease (or not) we have to speak in public. And practice, practice and practice. There are five fundamental points, which are:
1. Analyze our real abilities, effort or advice
The writing of the thesis includes the research carried out, its process and the results obtained through the Hegel triad: hypothesis, antithesis and synthesis. Some students have a good writing ability and sufficient knowledge to structure the speech properly and deliver a polished and consistent work, without spelling or grammar errors. If that is not our case, it would not be bad to be sensible and seek quality linguistic advice.
2. Follow systematic correction guidelines
A single reading is never enough. We insist: at the moment of correcting your thesis, you must distance yourself from it. Dedicating so many days of work to a project means assuming what a section should say. The problem arises when what you say is not exactly what we have in our head. It is very common to have a clear mental concept, but then have problems to translate it into a paper with the coherence, style and clarity that you would like. Therefore, if you do not take distance, the correction work will be useless, since you will not see where the errors are. This is, possibly, the main reason to delegate the correction work in the hands of a professional, since our friends, acquaintances, close associates and others may not want or not have the necessary knowledge to perform a professional reading. At this point we assume that you are already clear that the last person you should ask for a correction is a fellow student for obvious reasons.
3. Organization of time
Fundamental factor that we have to control. We have two possiblities:
First, write the thesis and then dedicate yourself to correct it. Reserve several days for this task. Never do it in a hurry, because it is a key moment that can detract from what we have achieved so far.
Make a systematic review after each writing session. Personally, we think the best option. You’re right, it’s a nuisance, but all the mistakes you see during the writing will save you days of work when you’re reaching the end of the road.
It is important that you choose the option that makes you feel more comfortable, and apply it in a systematic and orderly manner, always allowing at least a day (or several hours if you are very “caught”) between review and revision.
4. Where to correct the thesis?
If you have crossed your mind the coffee shop on the corner, no (unless you have an ability to concentrate outside the ordinary). You need a silent, quiet place where you can read aloud, consult questions of ortho typographical and / or grammatical character without distractions. We already know it. It sounds fatal, but think that it will only be a few days of your life and it will be worth it. You will celebrate it later.
5. Record yourself exposing the thesis
Listen (or look at yourself) then with the eyes / ears of an examiner. You will see how the perception of your speech changes. It will help you improve your weaknesses and above all, it will give you security. And if it turns out that you fall in love with the camera … go straight to an acting school; your future may be elsewhere;)
6. Assess the option of a professional proofreader
No matter how well one writes, the revision of a project carried out by a professional adds value to any text and is an extra of what is important to know how to benefit. Keep in mind that a professional proofreader will always keep your personal style and consult all changes and suggestions with you. You will always be the one who takes the last decision. The text will never cease to be “yours”.
Of course, the experience has left me two things clear:
Do not hire the cheapest, honestly. Hire a professional whose mother tongue is the one in which you will deliver the thesis. With the passage of time We have verified that of good, beautiful and cheap you can get two simultaneously, three is impossible. However, check prices. You will see that it is not so much.
Do not pass the hot potato to the concealer. Research and writing is your job; the proofreader must correct and polish the text in any linguistic area. Give him the job when it’s really finished. Do not add or remove content, because you will only make it difficult to work, lengthen time and make work more expensive.