You will often find information about how to write the perfect research paper as a whole, but sometimes in order to get the best results, it can be easier to learn how to create individual paragraphs before you start thinking bigger. The following will give you some tips and pointers to help you create really great paragraphs that will hopefully improve the quality of your work as a whole.
Firstly, before you start writing anything, take a moment to think about what it is that you actually want to say. Ideally, you will have created a plan for getting the work done; however, it’s not necessarily always appropriate to go into so much detail with any plan you create, in which case you will need to think about things further as you go along.
The danger of not thinking about what you want to write about is that you end up writing a paragraph that isn’t necessarily as clear or informative as you might want it to be. This might mean that you devalue the quality of your work, or you may decide it’s not good enough, and end up completely re-writing it – which could be a waste of your time.
It’s important to remember that, when writing academic papers, you should only stick to one idea per paragraph. For example, if you are using an argumentative style, then only put forward one new argument per paragraph. This help to keep order and logic in what you write, and makes it easier for the reader to follow your train of thought.
As for the paragraph itself, you should open with a line that introduces what the paragraph will be about, as well as potentially any question that you may be attempting to answer in the paragraph. The next few lines will address the topic that you have introduced in the first sentence, before potentially giving an indication of which side you are agreeing with if putting forward any arguments.
The final thing to be aware of is the need to check the paragraph before you finalise the work. You will most likely do this to some extent when writing new drafts of your paper, then finally when you proofread and edit the whole work at the end.
You want your paper to look like you know what you are doing, so when you get in trouble, ask someone for help. Most schools have writing labs or tutors who are available to help on difficult projects like this. Your instructor should be more than willing to help you through a difficult portion whether online or in person. Do not ever think you are pestering your instructor because they get paid to help you learn and succeed.
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