Top 3 Tips for Most Important Skill

So if the most important skill is the ability to identify and create a thesis... How do I create my own good thesis statement?

Ask yourself if the main point of your paper is:

  1. substantial?
    • be bold: make a claim

  2. contestable?
    • make it argumentative or disputable
    • make the reader think “you’ll have to explain that!"
    • remember, no one contests a claim that repeats what readers already believe
    • remember, to the degree the reader finds it contestable, they will also find it significant

  3. specific?
    • generalizations don't cut it

The info above is taken from The Craft of Research by Booth, Colomb and Williams, which I highly recommend.