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Thesis Development and Study Skills for the Social Sciences

  1. 1. Thesis Development and Study Skills in Social Sciences<br />John Holzinger<br />Natasha Laraway<br />
  2. 2. What is a Thesis?<br />It’s the main idea and point that the writer is trying to convey in an essay.<br />The thesis can be one to two sentences.<br />Your thesis needs to be strong enough that it can be proven through your writing throughout your essay.<br />It needs to be simply worded yet explains your complex position.<br />
  3. 3. Why do you need a Thesis?<br />A thesis is necessary because it provides structure and order to the rest of the paper.<br />It explains to your reader two things:<br />1. Topic<br />2. The writer’s opinion<br />A good thesis aids the reader in understanding the basis of your paper<br />
  4. 4. Thesis Strategies <br />Write a preliminary thesis statement<br />Change and revise your preliminary statement and curtail it to be more precise<br />Continue to revise this statement until a final and well encompassing thesis is created.<br />
  5. 5. A Good Thesis Statement…<br />Clearly suggests an essay’s direction, emphasis, and scope.<br />Is neither too broad nor too narrow.<br />Usually argues a point of view.<br />Is concise.<br />Is specific, not vague.<br />Is strong.<br />
  6. 6. Good Questions to ask about your Thesis<br />1. Is it clear what the project will be about?<br />2. Is it arguable? Is there something that has to be proven?<br />3. Can I prove what I am stating in my thesis?<br />4. Is there only one main idea?<br />5. Does this fully answer the question asked and is my opinion developed?<br />
  7. 7. Research<br />
  8. 8. Scholarly Journals, Magazines, Newspaper articles<br />
  9. 9. Websites related to your social science class<br />Philosophy: <br /> - stanford encyclopedia of philosophy<br /> - Squashed philosophers<br />Political Science:<br /><br />CIA Factbook<br />
  10. 10. Websites related to your social science class<br />Anthropology<br /> - American Anthropological Association<br />Psychology<br /> - American Psychological Association<br />
  11. 11. Studying for the Social Sciences<br />
  12. 12. How is studying for the Social Sciences different than other subjects?<br />Math, science, etc = memorization, application, (i.e. memorizing the formula to the Pythagorean theorem and how to use it in your homework) <br />The social sciences are like a combination of memorization and critical thinking.<br />Memorize: key terms, key concepts<br />Critically think: how does this affect me, the world, and those around us?<br /> <br />
  13. 13. Studying a social science:<br />READ <br />assigned texts<br />LEARN<br />the key terms and key concepts<br />RESEARCH<br />supplementary sources for things you do not understand<br />APPLY /DISCUSS<br />what you have learned to the real world, think outside the box, talk to people about what you have learned and what you feel about it<br />
  14. 14. General tips: <br />Develop a system of study – flash cards, acronyms, etc<br />Plan time for studying - have a set time, at a set day, for a limited amount of time. <br />Work on the hardest assignments first<br />Keep up with reading and assignments<br />Study with a group – make friends, study with people, especially for a test<br />
  15. 15. Exam tips<br />Sleep well the night before—do not try to stay up all night cramming.<br />Avoid energy drinks<br />Eat a good breakfast<br />Get to class early—this allows you to relax before the test, briefly study with classmates, and be 100% ready<br />
  16. 16. Test anxieties/study troubles<br />Problems you encounter while studying or taking tests?<br />
  17. 17. Study tricks<br />What are some of your tricks for studying for a social science course?<br />
  18. 18. Questions?<br />
  19. 19. Thank you <br />