Common Problems with Honours Theses

What the examiners say and how to fix it

No Introduction

Make sure you have an introduction

More about introductions

Disjointed structurePlan each section using bullet points to summarise what you are going to say; decide on the sequence of information. Check for logical flow.
Incorrect use of referencesAlways state your sources; make sure you reference images; always note the source as you are reading it
Citation errors in referencesAlways check the spelling of your references; make sure you include all appropriate bibliographical data.
Too many nested sub-sections in the Table of Contents

Make sure that your table of contents is no more than two pages.

More about Tables of Contents

No error analysisDon't be afraid of finding errors in your methods or results. State clearly and honestly if there was some problem.
Assumptions not being made explicitCheck that what you have said can be understood by someone else.
Missing/incomplete explanationsAlways do a comprehension check of your work: is an explanation needed? Have you included all relevant details?
Diagrams/figures too smallAlways use 12 point font as a minimum size.
Undefined symbols, symbols changing, using two symbols for one itemProofread your work carefully; check for consistency in use of symbols; if you change a symbol, explain this to the reader.
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