Senior Thesis Support
Suggestions for Senior Honors
Advice from the Classes of 2002 and 2003
“I learned more from writing my thesis than any other
course at Tufts. It was a great feeling to sit down at
the end of the year and have 3 faculty members talk to
you like a fellow scholar."
“Choose and get in contact with your thesis advisors
the summer before and discuss with them your possible
"Don't wait until too late to decide on a topic, to
do the research, and to write the actual paper. Start
early. And make a timeline for yourself and your
"Plan everything out well—starting in September, with
deadlines along the way, not just when the entire thesis
will be done. And set that date a week or two ahead of
when it really needs to be in, just in case."
"Get it all figured out before you start! I wasted so
much time first semester reading books I never
used—either pick a subject you are familiar with, or
find a faculty member who can guide you well. For the
writing stage, freewrites are my best suggestion. While
writing an 80-odd page thesis in a foreign language,
freewriting in English (for 20 minutes at a time, no
more) helped me get my thoughts together."
"Do work all year long rather than waiting for the
end or doing too much in the beginning. Also, take
advantage of any faculty help you can get . . . it may
be your project, but they are a gold mine of information
and advice, and every little bit counts."
"Make deadlines for yourself and submit as many
drafts as possible to professors, writing tutors."
"Make sure to frequently meet with your advisors
because they can help direct you through the process,
and because they have the final say."
"Do [a Senior Honors Thesis] only if you have
passion for the subject you are writing on.
Otherwise, it will not work."
"Write consistently, starting no later than winter
break – many seniors leave the bulk of the writing for
the spring and are bogged down come Senior Week."
“Try and finish a working draft by March."
“Having a defense earlier rather than later gave me
plenty of time to do my other classwork and not have to
worry about my thesis too around exam time."
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