Tutor profile: Aaron B.
What makes for a strong thesis statement?
A strong thesis statement should be specific, clear, and have a "what" and "so what" factor. A thesis must use exacting language so that the main idea of the paper is presented in an interesting and comprehensive fashion. Secondly, the phrasing should be as concise and direct as possible to convey the thesis to the reader effectively. Lastly, it should have the "what" and the "so what". The "what" is the overall message that the essay is trying to get across. The "so what" is how this argument functions and/or why it is important. All three of these factors combine to make a strong thesis statement.
Subject: Religious Studies
What is theology?
Theology is the formation of a religious belief structure, either consciously or unconsciously, that guides a religious institution, group, or believer in their ritual lives. Theology is also very applicable to the overall, daily lives of practitioners as well. Philosophically, theology is the consideration of the nature of a divine force, its implication on human life, the implication of this divine force with what one considers existence itself, and how this divinity drives discernment in making life and societal decisions.
Subject: World History
What were three major causes of the First World War?
Three major causes of the First World War were the post-Napoleonic alliance system, rampant nationalism, and the pre-war naval arms race between Great Britain and Germany. The alliance system was made to prevent another massive conflict like the Napoleonic Wars, Yet, paradoxically, it was balanced in such a way that two massive, powerful alliances were formed with large amounts of arms and prestige. The sheer power of these alliances was a threat unto itself for European security. Moreover, nationalism played right into making this alliance system truly dangerous because it fomented a desire for each participant nation state of these alliances to gain greater and greater prestige. Lastly, an increasingly hectic race to build the biggest and most powerful ships set Great Britain and Germany into a near state of financial ruin and set up an atmosphere of continual and increasing diplomatic aggression. These three factors would combine and mix until finally war broke out in a destructive and all-encompassing manner.