If it is not written properly then it could jeopardise the success of the entire report. The statement is an opportunity for the theories to be supported with logic, balanced arguments and proofs to support all the claims that the students are making.
1. A thesis statement is not a title. Students should avoid the mistake of making it too short or writing it like the title of a film. It should be written clearly and concisely with grammatically correct structure.
2. The students should also avoid the pitfalls of writing it like an announcement. There might be a temptation to follow this structure when it comes to law projects, where the students might feel that the judgement can be a part of the statement. But even in such circumstances it is important for one to think long and hard about how the statement should be structured so that it make sense for the reader and also achieves academic credibility.
3. The statement should not be one of just simple facts like who the author of a novel was in projects of literature. The readers will read the facts as they go through the content. The statement should be an introduction to the analysis that the students are going to be describing.
4. The students should not write the statement as though it is the whole essay. It is merely the proposal of the idea that the students will discuss in detail through the course of the project. It should not be more than one or two sentences long, and while it needs to be comprehensive, it should also be brief.