A basic guide for creating interesting academic papers

Joining university can be daunting and even more so when it comes to writing an interesting academic paper. Different instructors have different names for them but they all fall under the same remit. For instance: essay, term paper, argumentative paper, the list is endless. The principles and goals are the same.

The goal of writing an academic paper is for you to explore something that interests you from your course and have the freedom to choose a topic, with empty pages and express your own ideas to an audience. It may sound daunting but the challenge is amazing and you should greet it with open arms.

Where Do I Start?

Initially you start by asking a question, and then you find ways to analyze the question. Choose the best answer to discuss the question. The paper will have your thoughts, findings, and justification in your answers with logic and evidence. Therefore the aim is clearly to show your understanding and critically analyse the chosen topic. Isn't this why you are reading this article?

I will show you a few key points to help achieve an interesting academic paper. The quality of the paper will determine your grade. After all this is why you want to write it in such a way that you stand out.

Whilst writing your paper, you will develop key skills such as researching, evaluating information, organizing, arguing, responding to other's arguments and expressing yourself in writing. It will boost your confidence and once you have read your academic paper you will be proud of it for years to come. These invaluable skills will pay dividend when looking for employment or looking to further your academic career.

Take A Deep Breath

All beginner writers should take it step-by-step. Write down these simple steps, before you get started. The following steps have worked for millions of university students. It will work for you:

  • Choose a topic
  • Brainstorm
  • Research
  • Determine your thesis
  • Outline
  • Write
  • Edit
  • Revise
  • Proofread

This guide may work better with beginner writers, as you become more experienced you may find another process may work for you. Or if you have tried and tested other routes then maybe this will help you improve and become quicker and better at writing academic papers. Some steps are repetitive such as the researching, which may need to be done prior to choosing a topic. Or you may need to revise several times, these are key principles which will help you write better and that is the main goal.