Creating an Action Plan for Term Paper Writing
Even those students who don’t usually struggle with academic writing might start feeling themselves a bit uneasy when it comes to writing a term paper. It isn’t surprising at all, as a term paper is a much more challenging assignment than an ordinary essay. It requires students to conduct in-depth research, to present their thoughts well, and to support them with strong arguments.
But what’s even more important is that a term paper requires you to show that you truly gained enough knowledge on the subject you’re assigned to write about and paid attention even to the smallest details. This might seem challenging, but don’t worry – here are some tips for writing term paper that could help you develop a proper action plan and ease the process greatly.
1. Choose a topic wisely
First, it has to be exciting to you – this way you’ll enjoy the process much more and will be able to complete the term paper much quicker. Second, it has to be easy to research and write about. Remember that a term paper is a quite big and research-heavy assignment, so you have to be sure that it will be easy for you to find enough data on the certain topic and to describe it well. Do that before you settle with the topic – this could save a lot of your time and nerves later.
2. Conduct a thorough research
Make a list of sources you might need and see where you can find them. Maybe some of them could be easily found online and so you won’t have to spend some extra hours in a library.
Be sure to take notes during your research: write a short summary of sources you'll have to study, make a list of quotations you might want to use (and be sure they are formatted properly). The same goes for your initial list of sources – if they are formatted well, you can simply use this list in your term paper later (just be sure to cross out the sources you didn’t use).
3. Write an outline
An outline is what makes a term paper writing much easier: once you create it and move on to the writing process itself, you’ll always know what you’re going to write next. Moreover, an outline ensures that you won’t forget something during the writing process.
Spend some time coming up with a proper outline, paying attention to both the introduction and the conclusion as well as making sure that you list all the arguments supporting your point of view.
4. Mind the structure
All the term papers consist of six parts and each one of them is equally important. These parts are a cover page, an abstract followed by an introduction, the main body (that has to be divided into a couple of paragraphs too), the conclusion, explaining the results of your research, and a call to a discussion.
Remember about this structure while writing an outline and make sure that you didn’t forget about any of the important parts.
5. Ask for a feedback
Even good term papers might require a bit of editing, so once you finished doing this yourself, consider asking someone else’s opinion too. If your professor is willing to give you some detailed feedback, that’s great, but if they are unable to do so for a certain reason, still ask someone else – maybe another professor or some fellow students. Often the others can quickly spot mistakes we’ve been failing to notice for some time.
6. Present it right
The last thing you have left is the presentation. It has to be worthy of your paper or be even better than it. Remember that no matter how good your paper is, a flawed presentation that isn’t prepared or rehearsed well enough can ruin the whole impression – so be sure to work on that too.
While writing a term paper definitely isn’t an easy task, it also isn’t a thing that has to be dreaded, especially if you did your best and came up with an amazing action plan. I hope that these tips will make you more prepared and confident, and I wish you good luck with your paper writing!