What’s my thesis?

“A thesis for the PhD must form a distinctive contribution to the knowledge”

Here we are starting the year of the dragon and I have made the resolution to hand in my full draft by December this year.Yes, the time has come and no more fluffing, but serious work has to be done. What do I need to do to have my full draft ready by december?

  • Finish my analysis
  • Make sense of the analysis
  • Write the discussion chapter
  • Write the introduction and conclusion
  • Putting up altogether

It seems a  straight forward process,but why does it feel that it is not that simple? Well, I guess because the most important thing that I need to resolve is to find my thesis. Yes, what’s my argument? what’s my claim? what’s my contribution?

I have been exploring EFL teacher education and specifically I have been analysing how  pre-service teachers get engaged in learning to teach, but what is my argument? This is the real thinking that I have to do: to develop my argument and create an argumentative line for my thesis, the rest is easy!


About Malba Barahona

Educational researcher, language educator. PhD from Australian National University. Passionate bushwalker and mountain lover. I procrastinate reading fiction, hiking, doing yoga, riding, having a beer and more recently decolonizing my existence. I write in English and Spanish in different blogs especially with the purpose of encouraging my students to write.


  1. it would be a lot easier if you would just buy a thesis from http://www.termpapergurus.com/buy_thesis.php

  2. Anonymous

    I have exactly the same to-do list and also intend to submit in December. Good luck!!!!!

  3. Good luck- I have a similar goal, working on my amendments after procrastinating for most of the year but am absolutely desperate to finish this gruelling, never ending task by the end of the year…

  4. Creating a draft is not so easy. I think that the main point is to choose the topic because you should be aware of a lot of things, as: history, features etc. If you write a draft, for example, about enterprise you should definitely do SWOT analysis. That is the best way. Then an important part is writing thesis. Because it is not so attractive when you introduce your project, reading from piece of paper. Now there are a lot of thesis writing services that could help you. And, of course, it is very necessary to write good introduction and conclusion. In according to statistics, people remember only first 5 and last 5 minutes of presentation.

  5. Michelle Shipley

    Developing worthy arguments and creating real contribution can be difficult not only in terms of academic research, but also because we always tend to delay not easy tasks. Getting a mentor or a coach can help to keep up with the work and not miss the deadlines.

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