Avoid rushing into writingBefore you get into writing an actual paper, it’s a good idea to develop an initial plan, which will ensure that you include all your ideas and they follow one another seamlessly. At this point, you don’t have to worry about the accuracy, as you can change the order and add new information in the process. A good idea is to take a sheet of paper and quickly write down all the things that come to mind regarding your topic. You can draw, highlight, and circle important details, thus making a visual representation of your future work, which is more difficult to do on your computer.
Logical structure: how to organize your ideasIt doesn’t matter how much information your collect and how good of a writer you are if your paper lacks structure. It’s one of the first things that will be noticed by the examiners, so you should not underestimate this aspect. The main parts of the paper include:
Title. Remember that the title is the first thing that anyone reading your paper will see, which means that it should catch the attention. Do not write titles that are too long and extremely specific, but rather make them short and meaningful to make people want to continue reading. Unless otherwise required, you should avoid using special characters, abbreviations, jargon, and symbols in your title.
The abstract. Depending on your work, you may be required to write an abstract. It’s generally recommended not to exceed 100 words and be quite specific. Your focus should be on key results and conclusions.
The introduction. The introduction is an essential part of your paper that allows readers to get an idea of what to expect in the paper. When writing your introduction, you should mention the problem you focus on in your work and why it is interesting. You should state your point of view concerning the subject and how you will support it throughout the paper. Generally, a twenty-page paper will need a two-page introduction while less extensive papers require smaller introductions.
The body. This part of the paper should include your actual research. The information provided in the body should be a balanced mixture of your commentary and analysis of the opinions of other researchers. You should not go overboard with the quotations and also remember to properly cite all the sources that you mention in your work according to the requirements.
The conclusion. The main goal of the conclusion is summarizing all the arguments and opinions provided in your paper. It should be noted that you should not just repeat the previous parts, but rather restate your point of view in the most convincing manner. Another thing to remember is that you should not introduce any new ideas that were not mentioned previously in your work.