10 Steps to Master College Term Paper Writing
A great term paper means the difference between a degree and a celebration. You do not want to be in the list of also-rans. To write an A+ term paper you do not need a lot more than creativity and these steps:
- Select a Topic: Duh! Yes, it is self-evident that you will need a topic to write anything resembling a term paper. This step is not to remind you of that. It is to stress the importance of a “good” topic. Be innovative when you select a topic. You cannot declare a topic unique, but you can spin it to throw light on a new aspect of the topic.
- Do your research: What is the point of writing a research paper if you are not going to research it? Avoid giving in to the temptation of writing what you already know. Research is adventure; use it to learn new things. Use both primary and secondary sources to understand what has been written about it, what other’s views are, and what future research can be done on it.
- Revisit your thesis statement. After doing the research, go back to the thesis statement to refine it. It has to be this strong and clear statement you can defend to the last word of your paper. Go with what you now believe to be true.
- Write an outline: Draw a map of the paper you are about to write. This should be a sketch that can be filled in with details later. You can do this on a sheet of paper in your preferred style or use your wall if the fancy takes you.
- The outline should set out:
- The introductory paragraph(s),
- Each subsequent paragraph/section of the paper with its main points
- The conclusion of the paper
- Introductory paragraph: This is the meanest paragraph of your paper. Some people like to leave it until the end, as it is sure to be revised multiple times. You can leave it until the end too, but a better approach would be to write an introduction just like that to set the tone of the paper. Change it later if you want. The introduction should start with a hook (self-explanatory) for the reader, introduce your topic, and end with your thesis statement.
- Write the body of the term paper: Divide it into paragraphs or sections, depending on the intended length of your paper. Each paragraph/section should convince the reader with a main point, supporting point and evidence and back linking to the main topic.
- Conclude: Your conclusion is your last punch. Make it strong! Restate your thesis, conclude and leave the reader with something to think about.
- Citations: Use the MLA or APA style to cite your sources.
- Reread and trim the paper to make it concise and succinct. Too many useless words are going to destroy the otherwise stellar document.
- Edit and proofread: Look for grammatical errors and correct them. Use spell checker to correct misspelled words. Do not be sloppy, try being sleek and meticulous with vocabulary and grammar.