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These are the most important components of your thesis or report. Put your biggest effort into getting them perfect. Most professors read the Abstract, Introduction and Conclusions chapters of a thesis first, then they dive into the main body text afterwards. This means that you have to be particularly careful in wording these sections, since there is some content overlap. If you just copy and paste text between them, people will notice and it won’t leave them with a very favourable impression. Many people read technical reports in the same order – in fact, some people actually never read anythingbut the Abstract, Introduction and Conclusions!
There are some fairly specific rules related to these thesis (or technical report) components that you must know about. There are also some common sense guidelines that are useful to know – the main one being the advice above not to cut and paste text. Another is that you write these three thesis/report components last. Yes, that’s right – you write the Introduction and Abstract last – after you have written the entire report or thesis contents. (You can be stubborn and write them first if you like; just be prepared to do them twice, because you’ll find they have to be completely rewritten in the end anyway.)
The fact that these are written last generally means they are often the most poorly written – since most people naturally start to burn out as they approach the end of such a large writing project. However, keep in mind that these are the sections that will get the most attention and scrutiny – so you absolutely have to make them your best content in the document. Here’s a general overview of how to write these important sections, presented in the typical order in which they are written.