Thesis Support

The Writing Workshop offers a variety of resources for Wesleyan seniors working on a thesis, regardless of topic or department. In an effort to add to the support available for thesis writers, we have expanded our events and programs. All services are, of course, free. We look forward to working with you!

 

Writing Workshop Programs

Thesis Writers Slack

Join our events remotely, find a community, and share tips and resources all in our dedicated Slack! With the pandemic adding even more stress to your year, don't let the thesis process become more difficult or lonely than it needs to be. Join the Slack via this link and come say hello!

 

Weekly Write-Ins

Write your thesis in only two hours a week! It’s true. These low-stakes meetings are a great way to build accountability, consistency, and community during the thesis writing process. Write in community with other thesis writers, and find some connection during a lonely semester. Join in person or via our Thesis Writers Slack.

  • Wednesdays 8pm-10pm in the Devlin Room in Olin Library

 

Thesis Writers Retreats

Thesis Writers Retreats are free workshops offered by the Writing Workshop. These half-day and all-day workshops provide a space for senior thesis writers to do focused work on their projects. With goal-setting discussions, timed writing sessions, designated breaks, workshops, and tutor-writer consultations, seniors will be able to make progress on their projects alongside fellow thesis writers and with the help of trained writing tutors. The Writing Workshop holds four retreats: one in October, another in November, the third right after Winter Break, and the last during Spring Break. Also join remotely via the Thesis Writers Slack!

  • Friday, October 14th from 1-4pm (Come and go as you please!) in the Labyrinth Tent or via Slack: RSVP here for this October retreat focused on time management and goal setting.

 

Thesis Mentor Program

"I was so grateful to have a thesis mentor to help give me some perspective on my thesis, tell me when my ideas needed more clarity, and provide necessary proofreading.  The free editing alone is reason enough not to miss out on this opportunity.  You will never get a chance to have this service outside of Wesleyan- take advantage of it while you can!"

-Elizabeth Trammell '10
High Honors from Russian Studies and Government, nominated for University Honors

Each spring the Writing Workshop offers a thesis mentoring program in which thesis writers are paired with trained mentors. Each mentor is a junior or senior student who is a veteran writing tutor. Thesis writers and their mentors meet weekly. Mentors can offer writing advice, assist with time management, and help plan or revise thesis chapters. Students paired with a thesis mentor are expected to meet with their mentor at least twice a month (and ideally on a weekly basis) for approximately one hour.

 

The applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are coming soon! 

If we are not able to pair you with a thesis mentor, you may apply for a standard mentor and specify in your application that you would like to focus on your thesis. If you are seeking additional assistance, we encourage you to schedule regular appointments at the Writing Workshop. Please email us with any questions at writingworks@wesleyan.edu.

 

Resources for Thesis Writers 

As you plan your project:

 

Having trouble getting started?

 

Strategies for tackling big projects:

  • Mindfulness - Prioritize your body and emotions with some of these ways of incorporating mindfulness into your writing process.
  • The Must-Do Method - Get your priorities straight with these quick steps.
  • Pomodoro Technique - Stop that overwhelmed feeling from taking over by dividing your time and interspersing breaks.
  • Batchotasking - Monotasking and batching are a great team.
  • Lists and project management - Which type of list is right for you?

 

Citations and note-taking software:

  • Zotero - Organize your resources and get citations instantly.
  • Endnote - See how to download for free through Wesleyan!
  • Evernote - Save all sorts of web sources and also make to-do lists.

 

The basics of citations and style: