Firstly, you should realise that a term paper is a more complex kind of coursework than an essay or an ordinary test. Otherwise your teacher will point out that you have written an essay and not a term coursework.
So, how is a term coursework different from an essay?
If the essay is based primarily on theoretical sources, uses their data, allows a large percentage of citations and compilation of texts from various textbooks and articles, the term paper pays a lot of attention to the author’s position, and often involves a practical study of the topic.
To put it simply, a term coursework is not just about volume (otherwise it would just be a big abstract). In a term coursework, you have to express your opinion on a given topic and conduct practical research on the issue.
There are many rules for the coursework, which will lead you to successful writing of it. Let’s look at them.
Step 1: Choose a topic.
If you have the opportunity to choose a topic, choose the one that is closer to you and in which you understand something. It is advisable to approve the theme of your term paper with your teacher, to avoid misunderstandings afterwards.
Step 2: Work plan.
The plan is a very important part of your coursework. It gives you a clear understanding of what information you need, what you will do and in what sequence. It is best to agree it with your teacher so that you don’t have to rewrite the whole paper later.
Step 3: Finding sources.
Try to find as many sources as possible that cover your course design topic. Consider not only textbooks, but also monographs, scholarly articles, and even journalism. Focus on more recent sources. Pay attention so that you can consider different opinions on your question.
Step 4: Introduction.
Some sources advise you to write the introduction to your coursework after you have written the main body. But this is not very convenient, because it is the writing of the introduction that helps to organize in your mind what will be in your paper. In addition, some supervisors ask to see the introduction before writing the main body of the paper. A good introduction reveals the relevance of the chosen topic, defines the object, subject, purpose and objectives of the research. In addition, the introduction, as a rule, considers the degree of study of the issue, determines the theoretical and practical significance of the topic studied.
Step 5: Main part.
Since the main part of most term papers consists of two chapters – theoretical and practical – this stage of the term paper is overcome in two approaches. First, you deal with the theoretical side of the issue, compare different points of view, and do not forget to draw your own conclusions. Don’t forget about the references to the sources used – mark at once what you have taken from where.
Then conduct practical research on the topic and format it in accordance with the requirements of the subject you are studying. Each chapter of your term paper is divided into sub-chapters or paragraphs and usually contains two to five sub-chapters.
Step 6: Conclusion.
A good conclusion contains the main conclusions of the chapters as well as recommendations and suggestions.
Step 7: Formatting the reference list.
Quite a lot of teachers pay attention to how you have a reference list, how many sources it contains and whether all the sources that you used in the course work included in the bibliography.
Step 8: Formatting and checking your finished coursework.
Carefully read the text formatted guidelines and make sure your paper meets the requirements. Later you will learn how to do this immediately while writing your paper. If necessary, make appendices. Check your work for errors and give it to your teacher for further review.
Step 9: Finishing your term paper.
There are many different ways to defend your term paper. In some cases you may just be asked a few questions about your work. In other cases, you may be recommended to write a report and a presentation for the defence. Whichever way you choose to defend your term paper, a careful review of your paper and its main points can help you pass this test successfully. If you have understood the subject, it will be easy to defend your paper.
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