How Do You Write a Research Paper in 1 Week?
So, you have gone and done it again, procrastinated on your research paper and now you only have one week left to get it finished. This is a common problem for many students who have not yet learned an academic discipline. The good news is that it is possible to complete a research paper in only one week if you know how.
If you find yourself in a situation where you only have a limited amount of time to complete your research paper, the best thing that you can do is establish a schedule to ensure that you are able to complete it. Set goals based on the days of the week. An example would look similar to this:
- Monday, Planning and Organizing
- Tuesday, Research and Outlining
- Wednesday, Experiments or More Research
- Thursday, Writing
- Friday, Proofreading and Editing
On Monday night plan out the week and write up a schedule. Collect your research materials. If you need to do an experiment for your research go out and get these. Make sure that you have everything you need to get your research paper finished.
On Tuesday, draw up an outline and begin to take research notes. As you work, place your ideas into the appropriate sections of the outline in order to save time later. Try to work in full sentences rather then point form so that you will have easier time writing.
**It is a good idea to re-write any of your research points in your own words to avoid plagiarism.
If your research project requires an experiment do this on Wednesday. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get it done.
A good tip is to take notes throughout the procedure for your analysis. Also make sure that you describe your procedure in detail as you do it so that you do not have to go back and recollect later.
If there is not an experiment involved spend this day refining your research.
By Thursday you should be ready to write. Using your outline and any notes that you have procured compose the first draft of your research paper.
Your research paper should nearly be complete. Friday night should be dedicated primarily to the editing and proofreading process. Go through your paper carefully and make sure you have not left anything out. Double check your facts and make sure that everything is well organized. Revisit the assignment criteria to assure that you have met all of the project expectations.
If you have time, get a peer to proofread for you. They may have some helpful suggestions for improvements.
By the end of the day your research paper should be ready to hand in!