Why It Is Important for an Editor to Review Your Thesis
Writing a thesis is a Herculean task: you forgo months/years of sleep, tirelessly writing about that one thing you’ve wanted to study for eternity. So, it is understandable that when the time comes to edit your thesis, it’s tiring to even look at your work. It is at this point that you might want to consider turning over your work to a professional for a review and final touches.
Your thesis is essentially a comprehensive report of what you’re studying, why you’re studying it, and your findings in the duration of the study. If your work is based on theory, then we don’t have to stress the importance of good, clear writing. But the same is also true of more empirical studies, such as case studies and experiments. More than often, writing a powerful thesis can be difficult. Having a thesis editor on board makes the task less overwhelming, if not easier.
The hallmark of a good thesis is to be succinct and compelling. The accuracy in findings must be conveyed in the presentation of it. A thesis that can potentially turn your discipline around by 180 degrees does not stop at research. If you don’t know how to write, present, and edit your work…all of it just disappears in the air.
Thesis Editor? Why?
As a student or academic, you will have your field your expertise. You may know all there is to know about the subject – but that always does not mean that you know the best way to write about it. It’s true that research and writing are skills that go hand in hand, but it takes a while to master both of them. Totally okay. This is largely the reason it’s important to have an academic editor at hand. Keep your options handy for this one and your subsequent theses.
Even if you’re a seasoned writer, working on a thesis is long and hard. You’ll be reading the same things so often by the time you’re done, you’re likely to go bonkers.
You might consider going to your peers or professors for help, but we all know how that usually turns out.
Editing your own work isn’t always the best idea, especially for a document as technical as a thesis. A professional, armed with the knowledge of academic conventions and citation styles, will help you present your work better. If you’re new to academic writing, you can put yourself in good hands. If you aren’t, you have a trustworthy friend who know what you’re talking about, plus will help you write it better. Either way, your thesis is safe.
What aspects of a thesis can an editor help you with?
Grammar and punctuation
A minor misspell or misplacement of a preposition may seem trivial, but they often end up changing the meaning of what you write. This is especially true of original research – where there is no other work to cross-check with. Errors in spelling, terminology, symbols, grammar, etc. can and (probably) will affect your findings majorly. These kinds of errors have been known to cause catastrophes ranging anywhere between failing grades and blown-up missiles. Avoid them when you can, and get a professional to help you instead.
Formatting and referencing styles/conventions
Research is painstaking enough without having to worry about citing your sources. Not that we’re understating its importance, but we’re merely pointing out that it is tedious if not done the right way. If you are not well versed with the conventions of Chicago Manual of Style, or the Modern Language Association – or whatever style sheet your professor dooms you to – it can take up a lot of unnecessary time. (True, there are websites that can help you with these things, but they also can be equally tedious.) Moreover, your citations will affect how your research will be read. They play a crucial role in making your research more credible and easy to read. We’ve written about this before.
Long story short, this is something you really want to be getting right. So get a thesis editor.
Terminology is crucial in academic writing. Within academics, the same word can mean different things across disciplines. For example, the word “culture” can mean different things in different contexts. Therefore, the need to constantly define terms and words (a skill that should be drilled into your head by now) is more pertinent than ever. In most academic works, it’s important to maintain the standardized language that is relevant to the larger body of work that yours is a part of. So it goes without saying that the struggle to ‘find the right words’ is real.
What an editor will help you with, in addition to just finding the right words for your arguments, is to allow you to find ways for language to strengthen them altogether.
Structure and consistency
Your thesis is a long-term project, and that should reflect in your presentation of it. In other words, it cannot look disjointed. An editor, by being both an expert and the third party for your thesis, has a vantage point. They have the expertise to hone your thesis into a document that adheres to standard academic conventions, and they also have the objectivity to point out where your arguments fall flat (or have glaring gaps). As professionals, they also have the tact to point them out in such a way that it doesn’t change your research (what they do is merely help you enhance it).
Academic work is challenging: so the more you have help, the better!
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