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The course is simply required to enhance your writing skills on any topic you wish to investigate, because research papers would definitely be obligatory for future courses. I would definitely recommend it for a hardworker keen student, who's always eager for learning. The main reason why I enjoyed the many writings I did for the course is that it makes you feel very much an adult. You have every possible tool for the writing and you get to choose your topic, references and methodology. However, with this vast variety and freedom comes a whole lot of responsibility and commitment because a research paper is never so easy.
I learnt to first write some kind of a rationale on any task I take, because it's very useful to know the purpose or objective of what you're doing. The research paper taught me how to write my thoughts in a very organised way and conduct studies well, then write an abstract or an overview and I do reckon that this would help me later in my academic life. I also learnt to give equal attention to all the aspects of the material I should cover, and never to let something take the time of another thing. Moreover, the whole course taught me how to find relevant and short keywords to search on a topic( so that you're not being off point ),make my material and findings seem interesting and to put them in a decent way in the paper and finally the difference between paraphrasing and citations, both without plagiarism.
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Be punctual and organize your work. Cut up the mainstream and never go with the flow, you should choose a topic that interests YOU, even if people find it dull. It doesn't have to be something you're very familiar with but it's always nice to have some background information on the topic. Don't follow the "If tomorrow isn't the due date, today isn't the do date" college mantra, even heroes can't write a research paper in one day and manage to pass! Use the course as a tool for you to know more about your topic. For instance, do some research or take an online course in your free time to know more aspects about the topic. Write your proposal very well because it's always going to be your guide and go-to when you feel you're drifting away from the purpose. Think of your primary data collection methodology from the very beginning, having to find someone to interview is not always so easy.