The reason why most students find it difficult to cope successfully with writing any kind of academic paper is an insufficient practice of their writing skills. There is a range of repeated mistakes made by students and which prevent them from completing a task according to the requirements and deadlines. How to avoid obstacles and difficulties that each student faces in order to create a superb research paper? Let’s discuss further!
- Work on your management skills. Poor scheduling of your tasks and duties results in poor accomplishment. Keep in mind that each person requires a different amount of time to write a research paper as the arsenal of our skills differs a lot. Define the working hours, the time of the day when your productivity level is at its best as well as divide your writing project into stages and gradually fulfill each of them in order not to be in haste or feel overloaded.
- Keep the research process organized and structured. Another mistake, which often leads students to the disillusionment of the beauty of the writing process and constant flow of fresh ideas to their minds, which demotivates them to continue writing a paper, is unprepared research outline in advance. Depending on a topic of your research paper, you may find many useful and useless sources of information, rereading of which is time-consuming and effortful. Before starting your research, try to narrow your topic and pay attention to some key points that you’ll have to investigate. In such a way, it’ll be easier to stick to the created mini-outline while looking for necessary valuable info and make the research process less burdensome.
- Determine your audience. As in most cases, your academic papers will be aimed at your professor, it is crucial to use the appropriate formal style, which would correspond with standard academic format and consist of polished, neutral vocabulary, free of slang, contractions or sophisticated sentences of more than 30 words. Your paper should be written in a way it explains and argues a topic you’ve chosen with your professor.
- Make sure your topic is current and thesis statement is clear. When choosing a topic for your research paper, your main objective is to define whether the issue is up-to-date and is possible to be looked from the point of new innovative perspectives and approaches. At the same time, don’t look for too simple or too broad topics as it will be difficult to write the thesis statement of your introductory paragraph in a way it would introduce the issue, your point of view and would be arguable and interesting enough to continue reading.