How to Write a Coursework
Though coursework can be assigned and completed in different forms, there some general principle of its writing. Today, we are going to tell you everything about how to write coursework. Read thoughtfully and try to apply our pieces of advice in practice.
Tips for Coursework Writing
- Always have extra time. When you are planning your work, include some extra time for every staging point of the process. You don’t know what may happen tomorrow, so keep this thought in mind. For example, if you think that you can complete your coursework in 10 days, the reality is that you’ll cope with it for a month. Humans can’t work without intermission.
- Use different sources. Use books, websites, journals and other kind of sources. This way, you can get acquainted with topic from different angles. As a result, you’ll have a comprehensive picture of your theme.
- Make you work easy to read. Pay due attention to organizing your coursework. You should have several sections. Each of them should contain the information about different aspects of your work. Use subheadings where needed. Also, remember that we are talking about academic writing coursework. You should follow specified format style. So, even if you would like to underline some words or write them in italics, do this if it is in accordance with your format style.
- Use creative technology. When you are doing an experiment, record it on camera. It will then be easier for you to describe it on paper. Also, a voice recorder can be useful for your research. For example, you can record your reading of the coursework. It will be easier for you to catch some mistakes by ear. Save all the editions of your work. Maybe they serve you right in the end.
Steps in Coursework Writing
1) Ask your instructor about requirements. Before you start doing anything concerning your coursework (looking for the information, choosing methods, or anything else), you should ask you instructor about requirements. As a rule, instructors tell you all the requirements and give you some guides. But if you still have some questions, it is better to ask hundreds of times than to get low scores. The essential information is: the amount of pages, the methods of research that you are allowed to use, and the deadline. You also can ask him or her about giving a list with suggested topics. You should also ask about what last-year students have done for their projects. This will help you to understand the instructor’s expectations about your work.
2) Choose a topic. Choosing a topic is an important process that influences the flow of completing your coursework. We have prepared a particular paragraph dedicated to this aspect of writing coursework. Look through How to Choose Topics at the end.
3)Decide on methods. Of course, the methods of research depend on the discipline and topic. Usually, coursework consists of the theoretical part and practice. That is why you can demonstrate your coursework as working experience if you don’t have it. There are many types of methods, but all of them can be divided into two main groups:
- Theoretical methods: these methods are based on studying sources. You can search for the appropriate information in different types of sources. You will then need to conduct analysis.
- Practical methods: these methods are based on empirical research. This means that you don’t search for the information in sources — instead you will do some actions like: observations, surveys, questionnaires, interviews, and experiments.
Think properly what kind of research is relevant for completing your coursework. Then, confirm selected methods with your supervising teacher.
4) Make research. Start making research according to the methods you chose. If you are going to use practical and theoretical methods, we recommend that you start with theoretical methods.
Then, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge in practice.
Pieces of advice for effective research:
- Ask you teacher for a list with reliable sources that concern your topic. If your teacher refuses, you should search in the web. You can find others work on a similar topic and you can take a look at the cited page. Be sure that the author of the work is competent. Read about him or her. Find out his or her area of expertise, education, and place of employment. Also, you can look for annotated bibliographies on your topic.
- Take enough time for research. Keep in mind that this step will take you the longest out of the whole process. We recommend you to divide your research into several steps. For example, the first two days are dedicated to searching for the information about how to write academic coursework, and the next two days for looking for reliable sources, then reading general information and so on and so forth. You should plan your work in advance for you to feel confident that you’ll submit you work on time.
- Always make notes. When you are reading some information, always write down pages, sections or paragraphs that you are likely to use. The same applies for when you are conducting an experiment. You need to write down what you expect to get and then write down what you get in reality. Then, compare your expectations and results.
5) Start writing. If you conducted research in the proper way, it won’t take you much time to write it all down. It will be even simpler if you took notes during the research process.
6) Proofread what you wrote. If you think that you can skip this step, we have bad news for you. Even the smartest people make mistakes, and you are not an exception. It is almost impossible to write a perfect work without proofreading. First, you should proofread your text on your own. Some of them might simply be typos, and some of them could be because you were in a rush, not because of lack of knowledge. That is why these kinds of mistakes you can correct on your own. Also, you can ask someone who is an expert in writing.
Mistakes to Avoid While Coursework Writing
Get acquainted with our list of typical mistakes that you might make, while writing your coursework:
- Not being realistic. Different disciplines and topics require different methods of research. Be sure that you have the ability to conduct you research in the proper way. If you need some special equipment, be sure that you can get it. If you choose a topic that is badly explored, it is better to refuse this idea. You just don’t have time to explore it in a proper way. Usually, students start googling ‘how to do coursework’ the week before the due date at best. You shouldn’t always put it off until the next day. Coursework is time-consuming work — you’ll definitely not be able to complete it in one night. No one could.
- Wild guesses. If you are not sure about some information, do not write it. There is no place for guesses in this type of work. If you would like to express your opinion, you should do this in a way that readers can understand that it is your opinion. But in the majority of cases, you should write only factual data.
- Slang usage. Do not forget that you are writing an academic paper. Your language should be formal. We aren’t saying that it should be boring. Try to find a happy medium between usage of slang and speaking like a robot.
- Giving new information in the conclusion. The conclusion is the place where you should sum up what results you get and mention some questions that are still unrevealed. Do not give absolutely new information that you hasn’t been given elsewhere so that your text will be consistent and comprehensive.
- Having only one copy. Coursework is usually written over a long period of time. We recommend you to save your work after each edition on a storage device. This way, you can be sure that neither a glitch of your computer nor a fire in your house will prevent you from submitting your paper on the due date.
How to Choose Coursework Topics
- Ask your supervising teacher for help. Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher for help. You are still studying and no one will judge you for this. If you already have some ideas, your instructor will help you to express them in the right words. Also, he or she can tell you if you have enough information for this or that topic or if you should refuse from writing about this theme. Also, your instructor can help you to find reliable sources thatare crucial for writing coursework.
- Define your area of interests. It would be easier to write on the topic that makes you feel enthusiastic. If you can’t find one, choose the least boring for you. Anyway, we sure you’ll find some interesting information no matter what topic you choose.
- Think over prospects. If you decide what college or university you would like to enter, find the information about the projects in this or that institution affiliation. Also, you should think about your future profession. Sometimes, when you don’t have working experience, your coursework can be taken into account. So, think of your future occupation now and take steps toward your goal.