Headlines. Lure the reader
Headings, especially subheadings, should, as stated above, make it easier for the reader to read across. In your diploma thesis you will probably work less with subheadings than it would for example. B. is common in newspaper articles. But that does not mean you should not care about good, interesting headlines. How do you make the reader of your diploma thesis feel like you do not want to have to read the work, but want to read it? Ask yourself this question again and again.
Headings are one way to arouse interest in the text. So it can already be seen from the table of contents that a text could be interesting. Try to learn from copywriting. Of course, you should not write headlines as in copywriting, that would be the content of your work probably not appropriate, but a little attention you can give your headlines quietly.
Spelling or: clinically pure texts
Spelling is generally overrated. Each proofreader will tell you that your thesis or master’s thesis should not contain a single spelling mistake. And indeed, bad spelling will affect the credibility of your work. But spelling is not the most important thing. A clinically pure work with bad content, where the dirt has been swept under the carpet, will only confuse and annoy your reader. Conversely, a reasonable spelling is the icing on the cake for a good job.
Of course, a dissertation published in a publisher should maintain perfect spelling. One might think that the publisher is responsible for this; For reasons of cost, however, editing and proofreading are increasingly being left to the authors, especially among dissertation publishers. If, as a doctoral candidate, you are considering publishing to a publisher, you should add the cost of a professional correction by a professional copy editor or proofreader to the printing fee advance. It is an investment in the credibility of your work.
Diploma theses can also contain one or the other mistakes; but it should not be too many. Look up words that you are unsure about in Duden, alternatively online about Canoo. Have the work read by a spelling expert. As a rule, you only write your thesis or bachelor thesis once in a lifetime. Therefore do not rate spelling and grammar over, but not under.
Stylistic. Texts without corners and edges
You have, if you often write, sure to write your own handwriting a certain way to arrange your sentences and thoughts – certain phrases that can only be read by you time and again, its own punctuation, idiosyncratic sentence structure. Style of this kind is rarely smooth if it does not strike out of a certain frame.
However, there are also stylistic rules that you should heed; These are conventions of taste, rules that often correspond to the prevailing zeitgeist.
Scientific texts, so many think, should be as objective as possible. If you involve yourself as a subject in your diploma thesis, more commonly writing “me”, you suspect that you are not objective enough. Often this is apparently solved by the fact that even the author of the work is so to speak objectified: “In the opinion of the author of the present work …”. Often the opinion of the author is simply generalized.
Stand by your opinion. If you have one. Their work is already judgmental by their construction. Do not hesitate to express your opinion in appropriate places and to make them known as such.
A question of style is also the sentence construction. Think of the reading power of your Prof. Write simple, balanced sentences. Long phrases are not forbidden, but they should be compensated by short phrases. Nesting sentences can usually be resolved into a series of simple sentences. A reader should feel well in your text, not perform a concentrated high performance after another.
Anyway, balance is the word that is most likely to be associated with good style. Do you moderate in the use of substantiation, so do not expire in the so-called official German. Do not use overly punctuation marks like exclamation marks.
Write pictorially. Use verbs, nouns that the reader can imagine. Again: finely dosed. Prove taste. A text that consists only of metaphors is just as exhausting as an abstract pamphlet.
Tip: Examine in detail what this term means: style. Read lyrics, books by great writers who have mastered how to handle your language. Read poems to understand how little words can produce a lot of image, a lot of feeling.
Editorial staff. Proofreading and proofreading of your text
The biggest obstacle to a good revision of your text is that you are overgrown with your text. This provides for the so-called operational blindness, through which you overlook one obvious mistake for another. There are several solutions to this problem.
You have to dissociate. Set your text aside for a few days. Do something completely different, do not think about your diploma thesis. Get emotionally disconnected from your work as much as possible. After a few days, print out your text. Really read an expression – your professor will not read the work on screen. This gives you a different reading experience that helps you look at the text from a new perspective. Make notes in places that should still be changed, revise the spelling. Try to read the text from the perspective of a layman. And ask yourself again and again: is this a text that I would like to read as a reader, because it interests me, captivates me?
Another possibility, which may or should correspond with the former, is to have the text read by others. Bear in mind that the judgment of family and friends is often very lenient; even your fellow students will usually not be experts like you in the field of your master’s thesis. If you can afford it, have your work revised by a professional editor, but please by someone who does not just rewrite the spelling, but someone who gets the rest of the potential out of your work. Pay him well, because low-paid freelancers do not care about more than the bare essentials.