Wednesday, January 6, 2021

How To Write A Research Paper And Not Freak Out

My son Tommy finished his first semester in college. A huge chunk of his grade was writing a research paper. It was a daunting task for him, because the paper needed to be at least 4-5 pages long. He wasn't sure if he'd be able to do it. 

I had to write many research papers, so I gave him some tips that I used. 




1. Write notes on what you want your paper to be about first. This will help keep your thoughts organized. Pick a top that you're passionate about. Tommy's topic was How To Succeed In College When You Have Autism. Obviously this works for him because he has autism and he wants to succeed in college. 


2. Make sure you have several places to cite your work. Pay attention to the instructions on how many you need to have. Tommy needed to have 5. Professors will take off points if you don't have them all. 


3. Read your paper out loud. This helps find mistakes. This might need to be done several times.




4. Ask someone else to read it. I did read Tommy's paper. There were some parts that I felt didn't make sense, but he insisted on keeping it in, so I let him. Remember: you don't have to take other's opinions if you don't agree. It is YOUR paper. 


5. Breathe. I'd say not to wait until the last minute, but I'd be a hypocrite. I usually waited until the last minute to finish my papers. But Tommy didn't. He was finished the day before. Take breaks when you feel overwhelmed. 





Curious on what Tommy got on his paper? A 90. So yes, the tips do work. Good luck!

21 comments:

  1. These are helpful tips.No wonder Tommy got 90 for his paper after he followed these tips.Citing is really important in any research paper following the appropriate format such as APA style.

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  2. I don't even have to write essays anymore and this stressed me out. I wish I had this back in my school days.

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  3. Good tips for our youth to follow when they have this task ahead of them. I always avoided courses in college that were based on term papers for the final grade.

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  4. Oh my this post brought back memories of college life. I wrote a research paper on Debit Cards, this was back in the late 70's and the idea was just coming out. I was a Computer Science major also. I followed all the guidelines and my teacher gave me a C on the paper saying that my paper format was great but she didn't understand the subject. HUH!!!!!! Oh well.

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  5. Oh my this post brought back memories of college life. I wrote a research paper on Debit Cards, this was back in the late 70's and the idea was just coming out. I was a Computer Science major also. I followed all the guidelines and my teacher gave me a C on the paper saying that my paper format was great but she didn't understand the subject. HUH!!!!!! Oh well.

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  6. Reading what you wrote is so important! I always find so many mistakes!

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  7. Sounds like your son is an excellent student. I remember the days of college when I had to pay someone to type up my papers.

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  8. It's been so long since I have had to write a research paper! I remember reading mine out loud though each time to help find mistakes. These are all great tips!

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  9. Reading the paper out loud is one of my favorite tips. Often our eyes go blind to the errors on the page. Our ears are able to hear the mistakes in time for us to make corrections.

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  10. Excellent step by step instructions. Writing a research paper can be time consuming and stressful.

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  11. Nice grade,your tips are so effective. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. This is exactly how I do it. Happy New Year x

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  13. Writing a research paper can be exhausting. Been there, done that. But these are great tips. -LYNNDEE

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  14. Very nice tips. Definitely don't miss doing research papers, lol.

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  15. These are some wonderful tips. This is one thing I never enjoyed while being in school. Research papers could be really long and difficult at times.

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  16. The idea of writing a research paper would freak me out lol...Thanks a lot for the insights and tools, that is awesome.

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  17. It is good to have a strategy, and not be overwhelmed with anxiety. Great tips - these are helpful for a lot of projects!

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  18. It has been AGES since I've written a research paper. But I ALWAYS waited til the last minute. DO NOT recommend. LOL

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  19. hahaha thankfully I am okay with research papers. Been doing that for a fee for some professionals, too.

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  20. I think having an outline of points you want to make is good too.

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  21. Each grader has six points to distribute, allowing for a mixed high score of twelve. Essay graders will undoubtedly be grading your papers content, organization research paper writing service

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