If you’ve already read this article, you probably know what coursework is and what you need to do about it (i.e., write!) But if not, let’s make sure we understand the basics: coursework is work researched and written for learning about a specific topic. Students usually prepare one coursework per university year. Now, let’s move on and find out how to prepare your coursework quickly and professionally.
What is coursework, anyway?
Coursework is a form of learning text that is, generally speaking, bigger and more professional than a normal project or essay. The topics that students investigate vary, but all the papers will share one feature: they will be independent investigations of one or the other problem.
In most coursework, the scope of the topic is very narrow. This is because students don’t have enough space (or knowledge!) to make an in-depth analysis. But keep in mind that your coursework might turn out to be a great starting point for your future Ph.D. thesis! One of the advantages of coursework is that you can work from home to find the sources of information that you respect and prefer to use. On the other hand, coursework is a must and unavoidable.
So, here are the steps that you need to take in order to write a coursework:
Choosing the topic and digging deeper into research
When it comes to choosing a topic, make sure to choose something that interests you. Then think about it again and consider how you can make the topic really engaging. It’s even better if you have worked on the topic before. If you are a social worker, for example, and you need to write coursework about social media -then write about how media highlights social problems.
By connecting your coursework to a topic that you are already familiar with, you can submit professional, interesting material that everybody will want to read! And if you find the topic really interesting, you will research deeply into the materials because you will be motivated to do so – to find information that you find fascinating, not just a research for someone else.
Planning & collecting the material
To begin with, never expect to do everything within two or three days. For a professional coursework, you will have to plan ahead. Starting at least a month beforehand is usually a good idea because you won’t feel anxious about not having enough time. Never think that you have enough time: in reality, you don’t.
You will probably spend the first few days not writing at all, but rather collecting material. That’s the best way to kick things off. But remember: even if you know a lot of about the topic, that doesn’t mean you will have it on the paper.
Quick Tip. From the very first day you start working, discipline yourself not to go to bed without writing at least one page.
Don’t forget to write down every single thought you have.
You may not use everything, but a single good idea can lead to others and make your coursework that much better. And, finally…
Think about your plan three times!
Make sure that you know exactly what you want to say before you start working. This will not only give your work structure, but it can also help you to avoid problems and inconsistencies later in the process.
If you find that you need a deeper understanding of the topic, discuss it with other professionals in the field. This will make both you and your work look better! If the people you are consulting are busy and don’t have time to read everything, give them an outline of your coursework. That means a plan that you write from. If they can see the plan, they will be more likely to understand the main ideas behind of your work! And remember… everyone is open to discussing something interesting!
According to teachers and professors, students very often have a lot of to say that they never put down on paper. Thinking about and discussing the material is a good thing, but organizing that information in a structured and logical manner is a something else entirely. So, write everything you know about the different aspects of the topic. And remember what I said: you will probably begin to rework some old ideas that you never thought you could use!
Apply proper structure and pre-write
After completing the first draft, think long and hard about how you are going to structure the coursework. In most cases, students do not have a problem with actually writing the project – they just don’t know what to write. So think first, then write.
The introduction and conclusion to the coursework are usually written at the end: once you have all your data, you will be able to judge how to structure your introduction to suit your argument. The introduction should describe the problem that you are examining, while the conclusion should demonstrate how you solved it. Is this difficult? Not really, if you think about it.
The same applies to the analysis and discussion: be very logical here. Remember that each statement you make in this part of the coursework should be properly referenced to avoid accusations of plagiarism. Make sure to keep both analysis and discussion written in past tense. Only use the present tense to describe a process or make an assumption, and always be as specific as you can.
Write it up!
As I said before, make sure that you write at least one page every day. Within a few days, you will see that your draft is becoming more and more substantial. Follow the structure you outlined before. You will be surprised at how much information you have gathered from your diverse and “unconnected” facts and ideas!
It may not seem this way, but this is the easiest stage of the process – if you carefully followed all the previous steps. It is much more about the habit and dedication than about the research and analysis – everything is prepared already, your job is just to stick the bricks and set up the roof.
Edit. Proofread. Polish.
It is very important to edit and proofread your coursework carefully. This may seem like very simple advice to follow, but it’s easy to make mistakes. The first thing you should do is to print out the coursework. You don’t read printed text in the same way that you read text on a computer screen, so you are more likely to spot any errors. If you still feel that it is not good enough, find somebody who will edit your text for you. Also, consider asking other students to peer-review your text. People from the same faculty will understand your topic, and, at the end of the day, you will have great work with perfect spelling.
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