How to Write an A+
In This article we outline the logical steps to writing a good . To achieve supreme quality or perfection in anything you do, you need more than just the knowledge. Like the Olympic athlete aiming for the gold medal, you should have a positive attitude and the belief that you have the capability to achieve it. That is the real start to writing an A+ .
Following are the eight steps you must follow these steps to writing an A+ :
STEP 1. CHOOSE A TOPIC
Choose a good topic which interests and challenges you. Your attitude towards the topic may well determine the amount of effort and obsession you put into your research.
Focus on a limited aspect, e.g. narrow it down from "Religion" to "World Religion" to "Buddhism". Obtain teacher approval for your topic before embarking on a full-scale research. If you are unsure as to what is expected of you in completing the assignment or project, re-read your project sheet carefully or ASK your professor.
STEP 2. FIND INFORMATION
To find useful information for your surf the internet. For general or background information, check out useful URLs, general information online, almanacs or encyclopedias online such as Britannica. Use search engines and other search tools as a starting point.
To find books in the Library use the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog).
Check out other print materials available in the Library:
- Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
- Almanacs, Atlases, AV Catalogs
- Government Publications, Guides, Reports
- Vertical Files
- Magazines, Newspapers
- Yellow Pages
Check out online resources, Web based information services, or special resource materials on CDs.
STEP 3. STATE YOUR THESIS
Do some significant thinking and write your thesis statement down in one sentence. Your thesis statement is like a declaration of your trust. The main portion of your will consist of arguments to support and defend this belief.
STEP 4. MAKE A TENTATIVE OUTLINE
Writing a requires a comprehensive planning. A tentative outline is the best way to arrange your thoughts in an orderly way. There are many different ways to outline; if your instructor doesn't specify, choose the method that works best for you.
STEP 5. ORGANIZE YOUR NOTES
An effective organizational method is the key to writing a quality . Organize all the information you have collected according to your outline. Critically analyze your research data. Using the best available sources, check for accuracy and verify that the information is truthful, up-to-date, and correct.
Conflicting views should also be noted if they help to support your . This is the most important stage in writing a . Here you will analyze, synthesize, sort, and digest the information you have collected and hopefully learn something about your topic which is the real purpose of doing a in the first place.
You must also be able to effectively communicate your thoughts, ideas, insights, and research findings to others through written words as in a report, a or term paper, or through spoken words as in an oral or multimedia presentation with audio-visual aids.
STEP 6. WRITE YOUR FIRST DRAFT
Start with the first topic in your outline. Read all the related notes you have collected that have been marked, e.g. with the capital Roman numeral I.
Summarize, rephrase or quote directly for each idea you plan to use in your . Use a method that suits you. Mark each card or sheet of clearly with your outline code or reference, e.g., IB2a or IIC, etc.
Put all your note cards or paper in the order of your outline, e.g. IA, IB, IC. If using a word processor, create significant filenames that match your outline codes for easy cut and paste as you type up your final , e.g. cut first Introduction paragraph and paste it to IA. Before you know it, you have a well organized term paper completed exactly as outlined.
If it is helpful to you, use a number symbol such as "#" to mark the spot where you would like to check back later to edit a paragraph. The unusual symbol will make it easy for you to find the exact location again. Delete the symbol once editing is completed.
STEP 7. REVISE YOUR OUTLINE AND DRAFT
Read your for any content errors. Double check the details and figures. Arrange and rearrange thoughts to follow your outline. Reorganize your outline if necessary, but always keep the purpose of your and your readers in mind.
STEP 8. TYPE FINAL PAPER
All formal reports or should be typewritten and printed, preferably on a good quality printer.
Read the assignment sheet again to be sure that you understand fully what is expected of you, and that your meets the requirements as specified by your tutor. Know how your will be evaluated.
Proofread final carefully for spelling, punctuation, missing or duplicated words. Make the effort to ensure that your final is clean, tidy, neat, and attractive.
Aim to have your final ready a day or two before the deadline. This gives you peace of mind and a chance to triple check. Before handing in your assignment for marking, ask yourself: "Is this the VERY BEST that I can do?"