This week I found out that a paper I submitted for the York University Undergraduate Research Fair has been accepted! I will now have the opportunity to present a paper I wrote in 2013 at the Research Fair on February 25th and have the opportunity to win an award for Best Upper Year Project. I am excited about this as a young researcher. I will pursue my Master’s after completing my BA in International Studies – participating in this research fair has given me confidence; I am on the right track!
Good research takes time and dedication. It requires an attention to detail and a great deal of patience. Results never come quick and even after you have collected your data, analyzing your results and writing a report is a long process. For young scholars who are committed to building careers within academe, researching at the undergraduate level provides the opportunity to explore different subject areas, different methods in a nurturing environment.
If you want to get an A or an A+ on a paper, consider the following:
1. Start early: legendary stories can be found across the lands of people writing papers the night before and getting a B+. At the university level, there is a big difference between a B+ and an A. Your research design and your writing needs to be close to a publishing level to get an exceptional grade. Starting your research early gives you the opportunity to explore a topic before committing to it and doing something that is beneficial and of interest to you. It also gives your brain the chance to absorb the information you are reading; you can then reflect on the information and develop what you want to say about the subject you are researching and writing about.
2. Edit! Edit! Edit!: if you start early, you will have a chance to edit your work. I cannot stress enough how critical the editing process is to writing. Editing can make your paper exceptional. I know this from my own experience. But what do the experts say? Rahul Sethi is a Lecturer in the Professional Writing and Communications Program at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. He suggests, that editing allows you to identify nuances in your own work that you do not notice when you are writing your first draft. Editing improves sentence structure, clarity and conciseness. Rahul also suggests getting help with the editing process from someone who has the capacity and academic experience to provide you with feedback,
When we write, we know the ideas that we want to express, but we may not express them clearly; we tend to fill in the gaps in our own writing when reading it to ourselves. However, showing it to another person allows us to see if we are actually saying what we want to say and if we are getting our point across.
There are other factors that can help you write an A+ paper – the above are the two (2) I consider to be the most important.
What do you consider to be important considerations for the writing process in University? I would love to hear from you.