If you are fresh out of high school then you may not yet be familiar with the basic research paper writing methods. Yes, your teacher may have walked you through them but sometimes with the best will in the world you don’t always retain the information. Sometimes, you just need time to digest them yourself in the comfort of your own home before it all starts to sink in and make sense.
So, if you are at the point now where you are ready to start soaking it up here is everything that you need to know in order to get started:
BE THOROUGH IN YOUR RESEARCH
There is no point going at this half-baked. The only way that you are going to hand in an above average paper is to be meticulous in your studies. You are going to need to make some sacrifices during this process. Most notably the time-element that will be required. It is also important that you enjoy your research otherwise you will just end up resenting the entire process.
NEXT WRITE AN OUTLINE
Okay, so your outline doesn’t have to be word perfect. However, it does need to be comprehensive and cover all of the core elements of your assignment. Don’t be tempted to skip corners here. Think of this as laying the foundations to your dream home.
NOW IT IS TIME TO WRITE A KILLER INTRODUCTION
Once you have all of the pieces in place it is time to tidy it all up and take it to the next level. It is worth spending a lot of time and effort on the introduction. Be pernickety about your choice of words. Think about the meaning of every single sentence and how it is all going to be interpreted. Make sure that your introduction not only entices the reader but fully sets out your stall for what is yet to come.
DO THE SAME TO THE CONCLUSION
If you have a strong outline then you won’t need to polish in order. You can prioritize. If you have followed my advice you will already have nailed the introduction. Now it is time to give the conclusion and summing up process the same level of love.
DO NOT FALL FOUL OF THE LAW
This may not have even entered your head. However, plagiarism is the buzz word on everyone’s lips right now. There is a zero-tolerance approach to it in many academic institutions. Make sure that you fully and correctly cite any sources that you use!