5 Strategies On How To Begin Writing Your Paper
If you are writing a paper you should follow these 5 strategies before you begin:
- Make sure you pick a topic you love
- Make a schedule
- Conduct thorough research with note taking right off the bat.
- Make an outline
- Search the internet for samples
This should go without saying but if you are tasked with writing an essay you need to find a topic that you love. If you have a passion for the topic you are covering in your paper it will shine through your writing. The reader will sense that passion and see an improved argument. You will do more research and spend more time editing if you like the topic. And it will bode well for you.
Even if your paper is not due for three weeks or three months you should make a schedule that enables you to plan out milestones for the paper and meet these milestones throughout the time you have available. Do not put your paper writing off until the last minute. Plan things and organize your time so that you can make the most of it and are never rushed to finish the night before.
When you set out to conduct research for your essay bring note cards with you that are different colors. You can then use one color for main arguments and another color for evidence. This will let you shuffle the order of things around physically before you draft your outline and your paper.
The outline is often underappreciated but with it you can ensure your paper has the perfect flow and adequate transitions.
Reviewing sample papers is one of the best ways to prepare for writing your paper. You can really gain a great deal of insight by reviewing other papers especially when they are related to your field or course. The internet houses a great many research paper samples. You can type in keywords such as “research paper” or “sample paper” and the subject that you are studying and find that the results are nearly endless. You can look over educational websites (the kind whose web address ends in “.edu”) and find guides on how to write research papers alongside research paper samples. You can review the internet for published samples from other students or other universities. Just because your school does not enough samples does not mean another school does not.