How to finish the thesis (real stories)

Doing the thesis in many cases becomes a long and exhausting process, sometimes we even doubt if we will finish it or not.

Therefore, we have been collecting a group of stories of graduates who successfully completed their thesis and who wanted to tell us their experiences when doing it, in order to share them with you so they can read them and learn from them.

The stories were narrated through a small interview and here are the most important results, we hope they will be very useful for you:

1. What did you do before starting with the writing of the thesis? What was your first step to start doing it?

The first step to start the writing and writing of the thesis was to define very well the content of the document, this is undoubtedly the most strategic step, as it serves as a sketch of what is wanted and expected.

Edinson Fabián Monroy Ávila

Environmental Engineer of the University of Cundinamarca

Specialist in Water and Environmental Sanitation.

Master in Technologies for Water and Waste Management.

Before beginning the writing of the thesis, I identified what topic I would like to investigate in order to be more motivated when writing. For example, the theme of my thesis was the relationship between business and peace. So, I looked for information about the problems that arise in issues of conflict, peace, business sustainability, among others.

Then, I raised some motivation questions and / or research to try to narrow the issue. Reaching a possible justification of what I really wanted to do. And so I could raise the research question of the thesis.

Abdul Mustafá

Economist – Business Administrator

Focusing on a subject that I liked, that I was passionate, so that I would not be too lazy to do it.

Leidy Johanna Clavijo Gaviria

Specialization in administrative law

2. Which of the parts of the thesis was more difficult to perform and which was the simplest and why?

The most complex and arduous part corresponds to the theoretical framework and the state of the art, undoubtedly it is the section that allows to consolidate the bases of what is sought in the new research. The simplest part consisted in the methodological development, since by defining the objectives and the methodological phases very well, the development comes out on its own.


I think the most difficult thing was to narrow down the issue. Since, as you investigate the topics or do a quick reading of documents, a greater number of ideas appear that motivate you to read more, generating that the spectrum of action is larger and this makes it very difficult to adequately raise the question of investigation. On the other hand, the simplest thing was to choose the topic, since, you should investigate a topic that really motivates you to take an adequate time to be able to write the thesis.


The most difficult part were the research frameworks (theoretical, conceptual, legal, etc.). The easiest part was the introduction.


3. Was your consultant involved enough in the process? I help you? Did your corrections make you behind? How was your relationship with him?

Undoubtedly, the advisor influences enough when drafting and consolidating the document, coherent and timely contributions are key in the writing of a good document.


When the university assigned me the tutor, the process began to improve, that is, my advisor told me that the basis of the thesis is to draw the argument; The aim is to find a possible answer to the motivational questions [mentioned above], which would converge on the possible solution of the research question. And thus have – at last – a framework of action to begin to raise the general and specific objective (s) of the thesis. And start writing.

Because of the above, my tutor was always that guide who tells you; “Try to do it this way”, since the main idea is efficiency and effectiveness. Also, it is important to mention that the adviser’s orientation is to focus or narrow the analysis to the research question. For example, he recommended a specific guidance document on the subject and I was able to start writing the structure or body of the text.

On the other hand, the relationship with the tutor was formal, I would describe it as a self-taught learning, since the feedback spaces were short but very efficient. And there were no delays in the corrections. As I mentioned, the tutor advises you on the process that you are going to follow. Since the idea is to achieve a proper coherence in writing.


The relationship with my advisor was very good, he advised me very well. With his help I managed to finish the thesis more easily.


4. How did you organize your time and space to write your thesis? Where did you do it? In what schedule? During how much time?

My writing schedule was as follows: during the week at least I spent 2 hours reviewing topics [reading], brainstorming, organizing paragraphs, appointments, among others. And on the weekend, I really did spend at least 8 hours writing each chapter and finding the right connectors to link the paragraphs of ideas made during the week.

Usually, I wrote the thesis in the study room, with very good lighting. And finally, it took approximately 3 months to do the thesis.


The organization of time is key, you can not do it as much as you can or want, one should plan very well and take a routine; example, every night two hours during x months, is a great advantage because you are connected all the time with the main idea, my document was always written at home and sometimes in the library to have the support of journal material and with the help of more researchers.

The duration of the writing in this case was one year, super dedicated to the laboratories and processing of the results, but for me, the duration in making the thesis depends on the dedication and the research topic.


I organized my time to do the thesis at the beginning in the university, then in my apartment on the weekends … although not all of them actually were 9 months to do it because I postponed it a lot, for work, for a trip abroad. and when I decided to finish it completely, I sat on my PC at 9:00 a.m. and I said I’m not going to stop until I finish it, and I finished at 12: 00 a.m.


5. Did this process have emotional effects on you, such as stress, frustration or anger? Describe them briefly.

Yes, of course, there were moments in which an unexpected result, a comment from doctors or other researchers discouraged me; In addition, the load of materials with research and time were the causes of greater stress, and at times you feel one can not and you want to stop, but at the end of everything you feel the joy of having finished.


Actually, I felt stress at some point because the work did not allow me to be more focused on writing and that makes the process difficult. I also felt frustrated because I did not know how to start each text. Actually writing is a bit complex. I also had moments of a lot of empathy or connection with what I was really writing, which helped me to avoid worries.


Of course, it is always going to be stressful every time the consultant returns the corrections and see that the months pass and you do not finish it.


6. What was the key to successfully complete your thesis? Can you give some advice to the thesis students to help them in this process?

The truth, I think the key is to find a topic that you are passionate about, it has really been stigmatized that it is very difficult to do a thesis. But with time, dedication and asking, it is achieved in a short time. Also, it helped me a lot NOT to think about the delivery date or the guidance of the tutor.


The key to finish my thesis was the discipline and constant dedication to the process, without a doubt; and in my case, the greatest motivation was the passion for the subject, that is key in an investigator, since every day he wants to look for more and see how he relates it to the research in progress.

I recommend to other thesis students, discipline, open up the mind to new databases, review and consolidate a good state of the art, as well as take advantage of other fields of knowledge to do a multidisciplinary research.

Much discipline and passion for the subject, that is the key to persist until the end.


Last month I put a large letter size note in the bathroom mirror that read: Leydi Johanna, please finish the thesis! … and every time I woke up or every time I looked in the mirror I saw that note there, hahaha.


Each week we will share more success stories with you. Because we want to help them to make this thesis easier. Do not forget to share it if you think that this information may interest some of your contacts.