How To Improve The Quality Of An Academic Paper

There are a few things you can do before and after writing your academic paper to improve the quality and take it from a ho-hum to an amazing paper. To begin with, choose the topic that’s going to work the best for you. If you’re not comfortable with your topic, you won’t be able to form a good thesis statement because without a good thesis your paper will be weak.

10 ways to improve your academic paper

  1. When you write the title it should be relevant to what the paper is about yet creative so that it sparks interest.
  2. Your introduction is the first paragraph. It should open with a sentence that gets the reader’s attention, such as a rhetorical question or something that engages the reader. Even a somewhat shocking statement works well.
  3. The thesis statement should be placed in a strategic location. Usually this works the best at the end of the introductory paragraph. The thesis should be narrow enough to be covered by the length of the paper. Focusing on one main idea, make sure it’s precise and doesn’t contain any vague language. Clarity is the key here.
  4. Each paragraph in the body should cover a main supporting idea that leads back to the thesis statement. You can use examples, quotes, facts and your own explanation. Each main idea should be developed sufficiently for the expansion of the thesis statement.
  5. When using quotes you should also include a commentary for interpretation. In other words, what does the quote mean? Why did you include it for the reader? What purpose does it serve? Don’t include it just because you think it sounds cool.
  6. Look over your first draft and inspect your verbs. Did you use the most vibrant ones you could? See to it that your words are carefully chosen and creatively expressed. Do the same with your nouns. Good verbs rarely need adverbs and good nouns rarely need adjectives. For example, instead of saying something was really big, say it was enormous.
  7. Does your paper include opinion? If so, do you support it with facts and evidence? If not, you haven’t given your reader any reasons to believe your opinion. This is especially important in persuasive essays.
  8. Carefully formulate your conclusion so that your reader feels like everything has closure. Don’t raise new issues that aren’t resolved in your paper.
  9. Your essay is finished when your thesis has been properly supported.
  10. Don’t forget one of the most important steps: proofread and edit your paper.
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