Ok so I’m a little late on getting this one done, but its done. This time I finished my page PlanAhead.
Personal tip #5 Gather more sources than prescribed You may not need all the sources you gather but it’s better to have too many sources than not enough. Say the teacher wants 3-5 sources, go the extra mile and gather maybe 2 more. Even if they have the same information it my be presented in a different way. The reason for doing this is so that you won’t have already started your paper, gotten to a certain spot and say “I don’t have information for what I want to talk about.” Do your research first and be thorough.
Personal tip #6 Take Notes Highlight the crap out of the Information you find. Makes notes in the margins of the pages (Just make sure you erase if its in an actual book) or on separate piece of paper. Either way, make sure you can easily find the information you want to use later in your paper.
Ok, You have your topic, you have the research, now is the time to put pen to paper. Or fingers to the keys.Personal tip #7 use what medium feels right for you Nowadays teachers what papers typed, double spaces in size 12 Times New Roman font, but that doesn’t mean that you have to do your first draft on the computer. If you think better when a pencil is in your hand, write your first draft that way. You’ll still have to type it eventually but for now it’s all about getting your ideas and point onto paper.
Personal tip #8 Proofread aloud Sure spell and grammar check are great built in tools,but they only get you do far. Reading your first draft of the paper out loud helps you find the places that go “CLUNK” in you ear, where the wording just isn’t there yet. If you can, or you have the time, have another person read it. They might be able to catch something else that Spell and Grammar check missed.
Personal tip #9 Be prepared to prune You may find out that after proofreading that paragraph C should really come after Paragraph A, or that you started straying in Paragraph E and the rest of you paper is off the original track. This is normal and easy to fix. By making the changes, the quality of you paper will be higher: AKA more likely to get a better grade. The important things are 1. not to think that your first draft is good enough and leave it like that, 2. even though it might mean chucking two hours of work out the window, it will pay off in the end.
Personal tip #10 Take a final look at the requirements Nothing sucks more than turning in a paper you would want to frame on the wall you are so proud of it, only to have the teacher lower the grade because you used Calibri instead of Times New Roman, or that you weren’t supposed to double space it. Cover your grade by double checking you crossed every T and dotted every I.
There you have it. 10 Tips on how to get the most out of your paper. I can’t tell you how to write every paper that a teacher gives out, but if you follow the tips above that perfect A+ paper is as good as yours.
That’s it for this post.