If you’re going to be in college long enough, you’re bound to have to write at least one paper, especially if you’re an English major or communications major, which both involve writing a lot of papers and doing it very often in class. Here are seven easy steps to write my paper in college! Remember that the more time you spend on your paper now, the less you’ll spend on it when it comes time to proofread and edit, so get started early!
Step 1: Pick a topic you love
Pick a topic you love and that you know a lot about. It will be easier for you to write an engaging paper on something that interests you rather than something that doesn’t. You can always research the topic more later if it’s unfamiliar to you. Conduct research by gathering sources from reliable sources like books or journals with trusted information. Plan out the essay with an outline so that you know how it will start and end, as well as what each paragraph will include.
Step 2: Carefully plan all points of your paper
Carefully plan all points of your paper by following the five-paragraph essay format. Include the introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. The introduction should have a strong thesis statement that presents a debatable issue. Each body paragraph should have one main point with supporting evidence from the text or other research sources. It is important to be able to back up any claims made with evidence. It is also important to use complete sentences as this will make it easier for readers to understand what you are trying to say and follow along with your logic.
Step 3: Organize Your Thoughts (and keep them organized)
Organize Your Thoughts (and keep them organized) Step 3: Think of your argument and break it down into parts so that you know what you need to include in each paragraph. Step 4: Create an outline, which is a map of how the essay will be structured, starting with the introduction. Step 5: The body paragraphs should have a topic sentence that introduces or repeats the main idea from the introductory paragraph, a supporting sentence for each point, and a concluding sentence.
Step 4: Do some research
Do some research on what the professor wants. For example, if you are writing a paper about Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, then you would want to look for information about what the professor is teaching about it. If it is an English Literature class, then he may be teaching literary devices like allusions or symbols. You can find this out by looking at the syllabus or talking with him during office hours. Once you know what the professor expects, then you will have a better idea of how to write your paper so that it will meet those expectations.
Step 5: Write, write, and then edit
Write, write, and then edit. Even if you feel like you’ve already said everything you wanted to say, keep going. When you have a draft of your essay written out and all the supporting points in place, it’s time to go back through it with a critical eye. Read over what you’ve written and make sure that there are no loose ends or unanswered questions. Check for any repetitions or redundancies. Fix grammatical errors.
Step 6: Give yourself plenty of time to complete it
Give yourself plenty of time to complete the paper. It is a good idea to start early, but don’t procrastinate too long, or you may run out of time. If you are using a word processing program, make sure it is up-to-date with the latest updates. You should also have a backup system for your work in case anything happens, such as forgetting where you saved it or power goes out. Make sure that all sources are cited correctly and included at the end of the document.
Step 7: Enjoy the final outcome
The final and most important step in this process is to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Whether you’re presenting a report or finally submitting that overdue essay, take a moment and revel in the fact that you completed something. You’ve accomplished something great, and you should be proud of yourself. So go ahead and pat yourself on the back for all your hard work.