If you've considered grad school—or simply know someone who has an advanced degree—you've likely heard about theses and dissertations. Both are long research papers that a student submits at the conclusion of his or her studies. Such papers are required in order to earn an advanced degree. But what's the difference between the two?
Many students have trouble understanding exactly what a thesis statement is, how to write one and what to do with it once it's written. Although a thesis is introduced at the beginning of a paper, that doesn't mean it's always the first piece of the paper you write. In fact, many thesis statements go through several revisions while the paper is being written. Although tweaking is normal, the essence of your statement should remain the same throughout numerous revisions.