5. Revising your thesis
Notice that in the sentence above we used the phrase "a thesis statement" rather than "your thesis statement." This is because, as you examine your thesis statement through the Aristotelian method, you may discover that you were wrong. At this point, you should either revise your thesis or choose another subject and begin again. Revising your opinion in light of convincing evidence is the beginning of wisdom. Besides, even if it is possible to proceed with the essay as you first envisioned it, you will find it more difficult to defend a thesis you have previously discredited in your notes.
The subject program delivery is tailored for the convenience of a mixed cohort of full-time and part-time students. Many subjects are offered intensively, over a period of one week between February and December, making it practicable for students from outside Melbourne to study part-time. Intensive subjects in the program are designed to enable all students to immerse themselves in the subject matter for a stimulating five days. Other subjects are offered at intervals across a 12-week semester and individual course advice is available from senior academics to assist with subject selection.
You may also decide to videotape or audiotape your defense, as it can help you keep track of the reactions, suggestions, and criticisms that you receive. Often your thesis committee members will offer tips for revision. These could be crucial as you revise your work for later publication or development. But you will be so focused on what you need to say next during your thesis defense that you will very likely not remember much of what the professors said after the fact. If you document the session, you will later be able to retrieve and follow the expert advice your thesis committee offered during your defense.