Understand the limitations of your particular situation.
For instance,if your project requires lab work, know how much you can reasonably expectto accomplish in the time you have.
Understand that your topic will only seem bigger once you get into your research.
If your topic is interesting and rich, new issues and new ideas will always emerge, so, focus your ideas tightly as soon as you are able. If you can't summarize your argument in a single paragraph, your topic is too big.
Think about pertinent classes you have taken or may want toconsider taking while you are working on your thesis.
Theses are very time-consuming, so you may appreciate being able to tie it into your otheracademic work (both because of the light your research may shed on yourother classes and because of the light your classes may shed on your research).
CREATING A TIMETABLE
Most students agree that you should begin your preliminary reading during thesummer before your senior year, and that you should count on reading right upuntil the time you finish your thesis. You obviously will want to get a good senseof the context for your thesis early on, but know that you will continue to findpertinent material throughout the entire time you are working on your thesis.Most students reported doing the majority of their focused reading and researchduring their senior fall. As to how many hours you might budget for this research:one science student estimated that he put in as many as 25 hours a week.If you are writing a thesis that depends on physical research and analysis,thoroughly discuss your timetable with your advisor. Things you may notconsider, like equipment availability, may be out of your control and may dictate your timetable. As to the actual writing of the thesis: while most thesis writers were writing asthey read (at least to take notes or to write short summaries of existingscholarship), they found that they did the majority of their writing during the winter term. Spring term is best reserved for editing and touching-up - thingsthat take much longer for a thesis than they do for a regular research paper.