Thesis Statements: The Key to Success in College Writing

Master the Art of Writing the Thesis Statement
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (15 ratings)
655 students
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Thesis Statements: The Key to Success in College Writing
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (15 ratings)
655 students
What is a thesis statement?
Why are thesis statements crucial to success in college writing?
What are the characteristics of a great thesis statement?
How do you write a strong, powerful thesis statement?
What are some examples of well-written thesis statements?
How does a great thesis statement help you map out and write your entire essay?


  • Get ready to succeed in college writing!


In this course, you will learn how to write a strong, powerful thesis statement for your college papers.  I will share with you the formula for writing thesis statements, the characteristics to include in your thesis, and examples of both good and not-so-good thesis statements.   You'll soon discover that writing thesis statements is THE skill to master in learning to write for college, for once you master this skill, the rest of the essay falls into place!

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wants to learn how to write strong thesis statements for their college essays

Course content

1 section • 5 lectures • 33m total length
  • Introduction and Welcome
  • What is a Thesis Statement?
  • Thesis Quiz 1
    2 questions
  • What are the Characteristics of a Strong Thesis Statement?
  • Thesis Quiz 2
    2 questions
  • What are Some Examples of Strong Thesis Statements?
  • Thesis Quiz 3
    1 question
  • Wrap Up--and Thank you!


Charlene Gill
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 43 Reviews
  • 737 Students
  • 4 Courses

Greetings and thank you for your interest in this course!

I’ve been teaching academic writing for almost two decades now, both at the university and community college level. I’ve taught courses such as College Writing I & II, English Composition I & II, American literature, World Literature, College Prep Writing, GED Writing, and Developmental Writing, among others...

In addition to teaching writing, I, too, am a writer. My work has been published in academic and trade journals, books, web series, blogs, and many other places—including my own books.

My first book, Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyond (Penguin, 2014) is the basis of this course. I wrote it for my students while teaching at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. (My students detested their giant, confusing, all-inclusive writing manual, so I created for them instead a series of easy-to-understand handouts. These concise handouts outlined the crucial lessons the students needed to master for success in academic writing. They loved the handouts so much they insisted I turn them into a book for future students. So, I did!)

As a fellow writer, I’m happy to tell you there is a secret to successful writing, and it’s one you can absolutely learn. Here it is: Successful writing is the result not of talent but of following a process. Writing is not a skill you either “have” or you don’t.

Let me repeat that point for emphasis: Writing is NOT a skill you either have or you don’t.

Writing is a skill that is developed and acquired through effort, practice, and persistence—and it helps immensely to have a trusted guide walk you through the process. This is, of course, where I come into the picture. I’m going to walk you through the process to successful academic writing—step by step by step. We'll cover everything you need to succeed in your academic writing assignments.

Sign up for the class today, and let’s get you started. The sooner you begin, the sooner you'll arrive at your success.

Take care, and I look forward to seeing you in class...