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Set Specific Goals

Writing a research paper is a lot easier on you, the student, when you set yourself certain goals. All of this takes place before you start the research and the writing. The saying goes that if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. So rather than rushing in to begin writing your research paper, stop, take stock of the situation and list your goals. Here are a few possible specific goals.

  • set up a timetable
  • create an ideal topic
  • create an ideal thesis statement
  • become an expert note taker
  • create an outstanding plan
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Top 10 Ideas For Writing A Successful Persuasive Research Paper


A lot of students fall into the trap of assuming that in order to write a successful persuasive research paper, they have to believe passionately in the case which they are making. That is not necessarily true. You simply have to understand fully and be able to articulate the viewpoint that you choose to take. For example, you might be Pro-life but choose to take the right to choose argument because you think it is more compelling, or will resonate more. Or vice versa. Writing a persuasive research paper is not as hard as it sounds. If you stick to my formula you won’t look back:


NUMBER ONE

Choose your topic and position. Don’t leap into this, and don’t automatically assume that you have to choose the most popular or controversial topic. Some of the best persuasive papers that I have ever read have been about obscure topics that I wouldn’t have necessarily thought about. The element of surprise is guaranteed to grab your lecturer’s attention.


NUMBER TWO

Research. This should take longer than writing your research paper. Don’t be tempted to cut corners, or rely simply upon source for your information. This is your chance to demonstrate your skill not just as a researcher, but also as someone that is able to articulate an argument. Don’t let the lack of knowledge let you down.


NUMBER THREE

Outline. This is no ordinary research paper. This is a persuasive one. You cannot just attempt to wing your way through this. A detailed outline, summarising the major points to your research and creating a logical order/flow is critical.


NUMBER FOUR

Sources. If you want your paper to be credible, then your sources need to be current. You can try magazines, periodicals and scientific journals to name but a few. The last thing that you want to be doing is citing a source from 1978 if recent information has been published.


NUMBER FIVE

Target Audience. Ideally, you should have an idea as to who your target audience is and then set about the process of changing their opinion on the subject through logical argument. There is no room for doubt.


NUMBER SIX

Time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will this paper. Make sure that you leave enough time. You do not want to be pulling an all-nighter the day before it is due. Trust me, it shows.


NUMBER SEVEN

Hook. Take the time to really think about your opening paragraph. If you can hook your reader in here, then chances are that you will keep them.


NUMBER EIGHT

Facts are king. Construct your argument around solid facts. It will be easier to persuade your reader of the validity of your argument when the facts are staring them in the face.


NUMBER NINE

Smooth transitions. Make sure that your transitions between paragraphs are smooth and natural. This might sound obvious, but you would be surprised by how many students neglect this detail.


NUMBER TEN

Conclusion. “All’s well that ends well.” Shakespeare hit the nail on the head with this play. Your conclusion needs to restate each of your key points and fully crystallize your argument. This is your final opportunity to set aside any lingering doubts that your reader may have.

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