For many students, the thesis marks the last important milestone before they successfully complete their studies. Even if writing a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral thesis usually does not have a significant influence on the final overall grade of the degree, many prospective graduates still want to achieve a good performance. In this context, many students wonder whether editing is worthwhile.

As a symbolic end of the course, the thesis is often of great importance. It is not only followed by many important steps, such as the graduation ceremony and the ceremonial handover of the diploma, but it is also often used as a business card when looking for a job. Ultimately, your work shows how you express yourself, how well you explain, and how efficiently you can work independently.

What is proofreading?

Editing is about checking, adapting and improving a text with regard to aspects such as content or writing style. This includes, for example, correcting spelling, punctuation and grammar. At the same time, the text is also checked for its meaning and completeness. This allows the thesis to be given a common thread that guides the reader through the topic in a more targeted manner and explains explanations clearly enough.

Editing is carried out by an external person who ideally has a professional background for improving the content of texts by maintaining and ensuring the individual style of the author despite correction.

Do I need proofreading for my thesis?

In order to leave a positive impression on the supervisor and possibly on the potential employer, it is therefore particularly important that you submit an excellent copy of your thesis. This should not only be error-free, but also easy to understand and worked out to the point. Since students often write theses over a longer period of time, regularly revise and adapt text passages or chapters, you as the author quickly lose track of things. Spelling or punctuation errors are simply overlooked when you read it repeatedly. Or you have developed such an understanding of your topic that you no longer do it enough in your thesis. You lose sight of what’s important without even realizing it.

A mistake that can cost you not only a good grade, but also your dream job. With the help of proofreading, however, you can ensure that you do not make such mistakes.

Advantages of an editing

The use of an editorial office results in the following advantages in particular:

  • comprehensive linguistic check regarding expression, spelling and writing style
  • Avoid repeating words too often
  • Ensuring a common thread and an optimal reading flow
  • Guaranteeing the traceability of the topic
  • Review of sources and references
  • Appreciation of the work through the objectivity of an external reader

Conclusion

As you can see, the use of proofreading has its value. Not only can you avoid careless mistakes or repeated words this way. You can also benefit from the objectivity of a second reader who shows you where your thesis has potential for optimization. This can linguistically enhance your work enormously and accordingly lead to a better grade.

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I blog about the influence of digitalization on our working world. For this purpose, I provide content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday professional life. I am an executive in an SME and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the Chair of IT Management.

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