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How to Write an Effective Thesis Statement and Impress Your Advisor

Your thesis statement will be one of your most important assignments. Having it approved by your advisor is extremely important, and impressing them with your choice is a definite bonus. Here’s how you can write a thesis statement that your advisor is sure to approve of and be impressed by.


  1. Choose a relevant, timely topic.

    Your academic career has progressed beyond the point of simply regurgitating information, and that means you need to choose a topic which actually requires research. That is, your research should not just be repeating the past, but offering the academic community new material to work with. The best way to ensure that your research is relevant to the community is to choose a topic that is currently of interest in your field. Topics which are being researched right now don’t have as large a body of research behind them as older topics, which means that your thesis will be a greater contribution than it would otherwise.

  2. Pose a question about the topic which needs answering.

    Your thesis statement is, essentially, an answer to a question you’ve decided to pose. Before you can write an impressive thesis statement, you need to formulate a good question that requires an answer. Think about what questions exist about your topic that have yet to be addressed in the current research.

  3. Formulate a clear and concise answer to the question.

    You may not know whether or not your answer is correct, but you have to start somewhere in your research. So, the next step is to “answer” your question, at least hypothetically.

  4. Polish your “answer” into a thesis statement.

    Once you’ve got a hypothetical answer to work with, you can use it to create your thesis statement. Your thesis statement should be a concise, but detailed, statement which relays the general question your research poses, your hypothetical answer, and the reason for your current hypothesis.

  5. Make sure it’s both arguable and supportable.

    A thesis statement which offers no controversy isn’t going to impress your advisor. You’re looking to prove whether or not your answer is correct; if it’s already known to be correct, there’s nothing to prove and your thesis won’t be valuable to the academic community. Also, make sure that your thesis statement is something you can research and gather evidence about in order to support your position.