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How to write a research essay for a school task


A research essay as the name implies requires you to show evidence that you have conducted research before writing the actual essay. The choice of topic is all-important. It needs to be important to you and relevant to the subject you are studying. Check your choice of topic with your teacher or professor beforehand. Once you get the go-ahead there are certain steps you can take to write the ideal research essay.

  • Draw up a timetable.
  • Always create a plan that will outline.
  • Make a list of your research resources.
  • Write a draft as quickly and as fully as possible.
  • Rewrite adjusting to the word requirement and relevance.

The timetable is important even for the most simple of essays. Not knowing the endpoint before you begin is a recipe for disaster. If this is an essay of say 1500 words or perhaps 4000 words then you know how much time is required in preparation and writing. Create a timetable. Set milestones. You will complete the first section by such and such a date and the next section by such and such a date and so on. You missed these milestones on your timetable. This enables you to keep track of your progress.

You will never write your research essay until you have drawn up a plan or outline. This will give you an overview of your entire project. You will be able to see at a glance how many paragraphs you will have, which points will be made in each paragraph and in fact the entire essay on a single sheet of paper.

Spend as much time checking the resources of relevant research material as you do on the actual research. Learn how to take notes effectively and if necessary brainstorm for more ideas. With your research material and your outline in front of you, right the first draft of your research essay as quickly and as fully as possible. Don't stop for spelling and the magical matters. Let the writing flow. If you write too many words, forget about it. The idea is to write as much as you can according to your plan.

Put away he your written work for a day or two and work on other things. Then with a refreshed mind and attitude, go back and rewrite your draft. Remove irrelevant passages, tighten up the prose and of course correct any spelling or grammatical errors. Using this method and returning you are well on the way to writing an excellent research essay.

 
 

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