5 hints from students for your term paper project

Getting Organized

Prior to writing a term paper the first is planning your paper. It is recommended that you sit down and think about how you want to complete the paper. First, ask yourself what resources you will need. Will you need to visit the library and check out tangible books? Do you need to have constant Internet connection? The answer to these questions will in variably affect where you decide to work and how you decide to work. Many students waste a significant amount of time trying to find an Internet-based version of an article they know consist in a book form at the library simply because they want to work at home instead of leaving the house. But if possible, check book out of the library. If you take yourself to the library you will find that you much better able to focus and you have all of the resources you could potentially need in one place.

Considering Where to Work

If you are planning to work from books or articles that you can download need to consider whether or not you can afford to work in a place that does not have Internet. The absence of social networking sites will guarantee better concentration which will show forth in the quality of the work you produce.

Creating a Timeline

The next of an organization is setting up a timeline for your paper. You want to list all of the things that you have to read and all the materials that you need to acquire prior to starting the writing process. You should think about how long it will take you to read, to research, to plan, and to write the paper. You want to leave an average of two days prior to your deadline so that you can make any last-minute changes, or so that you can account for instances where things do not go as planned. It is recommended that you set aside three hours if you have to read a 20 page article, and for a long term paper it is recommended that you write an average of 2000 words per day. Planning can seem like a waste of time the point is that you will avoid an all-nighter which is stressful and painful if you plan just a bit. You do not want your reader to know that your draft was rushed or completed at 2 AM on the day was due. You will not cultivate the most creative ideas when you were under that pressure.

Taking Notes

Try and type your notes in a different color based on each new source that you are reading. In order to really engage with what you've read, you need to remember who said what, what they meant by what they said, who they were fighting against when they said that, and whether or not you truly agree with them. Changing the color of your text provides a useful visual aid to conduct this information.

Summarize Research

At the end of each term paper or article or book that you read, incorporate a few lines that summarize the main points the author was presenting and whether or not you agree with them. This can save you a great deal of time especially when you're trying to sit down and review your notes at the very beginning of a study, when the information is not fresh in your mind. If you come back to your notes a few days after you typed them out, it might take you a while to remember exactly what a particular author was talking about and what article they produced. But having the summary can help you.