Research paper writing tutorial: be your own judge
Working in the academic world can be satisfactory from multiple points of view, but the first step towards becoming part of it is making sure that you start writing as many research papers as possible throughout the college as well. Even if they are simple assignments for the class, you should make sure that you write them carefully, because this will be your “training” for the years to come.
Of course, doing academic research is not necessarily easy (not at all, actually), but the satisfaction you get when you finally deliver a good paper is a very good feeling that will teach you a lot about yourself, about your power to stick to your schedule and about how great it feels to put effort into doing something you are actually interested in.
How Check Your Academic Work
It happens very often that you cannot actually get feedback before you actually deliver the paper itself. That means that you will have to learn how to be your own judge and that you will have to learn how to look at your paper from the outsider’s point of view.
The best way to do this is to make sure that you allow a certain amount of time between finishing your paper and actually delivering it. For instance, if you have to deliver your paper on the 1st of January, make sure that you finish it before the 15th of December. Allow half of the time to staying away from the paper and not reading it.
Clear your mind, focus on other activities and “forget” about the paper itself. Then, one week before the deadline, take your paper and read it all over again. This will give you a whole new fresh perspective on what you have written there and it will allow you to spot potential mistakes easier.
What should you look after when checking the paper, though? Follow this list to learn how to do a final check on your research paper:
- First of all, check for Grammar, Syntax and Punctuation. These things are extremely important regardless of the field in which you are writing your paper, so do give them the needed attention.
- Secondly, check for the coherence of the paper itself. Make sure that it has the three basic parts any paper should contain: an introduction (which also includes the thesis), the content and the conclusion.
- Last, but certainly not least, check for the originality of the work and for how much it respects the requirements. Make sure you insert quotations and references according to the academic system in which you have written the papers, since this can be very important if your teacher does a plagiarism check on it.