Professor's diary:

What I want to see in my student's research paper

Teaching is both rewarding and challenging, making it one of the most interesting career choices for academics interested in learning. Professors can be faced with many obstacles, or puzzles, as the more motivated of the group may put it. Just as students are required to devise creative ways of overcoming problems encountered during the school term, so too must professors. Every teachers is certain to have their own stories about eye opening experiences they had during their careers.

Grading papers may be the most troublesome, yet interesting tasks faced by teachers and during these exercises, they encounter many surprising, sometimes funny, ideas and strategies. Despite this, most professors work with a very rigid structure when grading and they are sometimes tasked with figuring out what their student is trying to say. On the other hand, some teachers simply use a cut and dry method, if students don’t make their statements clearly, they are simply failed. The following short list will outline several key points that professors want to see in their student’s research paper:

Key Points

for writing a paper

Proper structure
Without a good structure your paper is just a draft.

One of the toughest things to do, is read a poorly structured paper. When these papers are encountered, one’s usual response is to toss them aside and avoid the mental strain of trying to piece together this puzzle. To avoid this, students should always strive to work with a plan, instead of simply proceeding in a random fashion. It is also helpful to make use of an existing format style, these are easy to find and put to use by the average student.

Clear explanations
While most students may have a good understanding of the topic under discussion, many of them fail to demonstrate this through their inability to deliver a clear explanation, in writing.

This can be overcome by reading your pieces out to someone else, or by improving your general writing skills. Students must also be able to present data of different types using methods that suit the data. While most graphs and chart types are useful, they are not suited to all situations.

Thorough research
Any paper presented by a student must demonstrate thorough research and this is evident in many ways.

Firstly, students must demonstrate an understanding of the conditions surrounding the experiment as much as they understand the subject itself. Nothing is completely disconnected from the world around it and this is true of most academic studies. By possessing general knowledge of the subject, as well as specialized understanding, students are better able to succeed in the venture.

References
It is virtually impossible write an academic paper without using the work of publishers before you to build your study.

This is normal in academic writing and one must simply ensure that every published piece they include in their writing, is referenced properly. Depending on the style of your paper, you will be required to conduct your referencing in specific ways and this should definitely be included in every paper.

No plagiarism
Students are expected to write the paper entirely on their own.

Every bit of text, except for direct quotations and these must be limited to a few, must be the creation of the student, coming from their own understanding of the subject at hand.

Strong conclusion
At the end of every good paper, is a solid conclusion and students must practice making good ones from early.

The final statement must reflect the implications of the paper and the information contained. The final statement must be short, clearly stating exactly what is to be understood after reading this research paper.