Think of yourself as a member of a jury, listening to a lawyer who is presenting an opening argument. You'll want to know very soon whether the lawyer believes the accused to be guilty or not guilty, and how the lawyer plans to convince you. Readers of academic essays are like jury members: before they have read too far, they want to know what the essay argues as well as how the writer plans to make the argument. After reading your thesis statement, the reader should think, "This essay is going to try to convince me of something.
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Skip to content. Skip to navigation. As you get further along in the writing of your thesis, you will start to think about its quality and whether there is anything you can do to improve this. In this section you will find advice on what you can do to develop your writing through focussing on the needs of your readers and thinking about how your thesis - both as a whole and in its individual sections - will communicate your original contribution to knowledge.