It’s the sort of project that can leave even the most organized student quaking in their boots, staring at the assignment like they’re Luke Skywalker and it’s the Death Star.
You have to pick a broad topic, do some in-depth research, hone in on a research question, and then present your answer to that question in an interesting way. How on earth are you supposed to tackle this thing? With a well-devised plan, some courage, and of time together, so you might as well pick something you like, or, at the very least, have a vague interest in.
Even if you hate the class, there’s probably at least one topic that you’re curious about.
Maybe you want to write about “mental health in high schools” for your paper in your education class.
Also, avoid super analytical or technical topics that you think you’ll have a hard time writing about (unless that’s the assignment…then jump right into all the technicalities you want).
You’ll probably need to do some background research and possibly brainstorm with your professor before you can identify a topic that’s specialized enough for your paper.That’s a good start, but take a couple steps to hone your idea a little further so you have an idea of what to research.Here’s a couple of factors to look at when you want to get more specific:recent, as there may not be enough research conducted to support an entire paper on the subject.At the very least, skim the section on your general area of interest. They’re probably more than happy to point you in the direction of a possible research topic.Of course, this is going to be highly dependent on your class and the criteria set forth by your professor, so make sure you read your assignment and understand what it’s asking for.As you’re starting your research, create some kind of system for filing helpful quotes, links, and other sources.I preferred it to all be on one text document on my computer, but you could try a physical file, too.Also notice that I haven’t bothered to organize my research too much.I’ve just dumped all the relevant citations under the headings I think they’ll end up under, so I can put in my quotes from my research document later as they fit into the overall text.Here are some good places to look for reputable sources: As you read, analyze your sources closely, and take good notes.Jot down general observations, questions, and answers to those questions when you find them.