Research Paper Writing Advice To Beginner
So you are a beginner, you are writing a research paper for the first time and you would like some sound advice. There are many simple things you can do, all of which have been proven over the years, and which if followed, will hold you in good stead. Here are those basic tips.
- give yourself plenty of time
- get your thesis statement rock solid
- learn how to do proper research
- become an expert planner
- write a fantastic introduction
- get your first draft written quickly
- leave plenty of time for revision
Your research paper could be as long as 20 pages. It is not something you can do justice to in five minutes. Give yourself plenty of time for all necessary work and always leave a few days before handing it in in which you can revise.
Your thesis statement needs to be strong. It needs to be crystal clear in its meaning and be capable of easily being supported by plenty of sound credible evidence. And to do this you need to be good at research. You need to know where to look and how to look. You need to know how to take notes from your research and how to store and keep these notes. You need to be able to refer to them easily and quickly when they are required.
The plan or outline of your research paper is vital. There will be a set formula for how you are to present the essay and you need to have this formula as you would have a blueprint for building. Have the headings and subheadings and then add in the main ideas and evidence you will place all throughout this plan. A single glance at the plan should show you the path of writing.
A great introduction is the only way to go. Feel free to use a quotation at the beginning. Use something which grabs the attention of the reader. Once you start writing do so quickly. Don't think about grammar and spelling; just get the words down on paper. It’s the flow of your ideas which is important. And with a good plan, the ideas will flow. Plenty of time for corrections later.
Because just as important as anything before is your ability to edit and revise. Do not rush this process; allow yourself plenty of time to correct and change when necessary.