How to write a great term paper/seminar paper

How to write a great term paper/seminar paper

If you like to write a lot and you like to inform yourself about interesting topics, you are surely looking forward to your term paper or seminar paper. Seminar paper. But what is it exactly? What is the best way to prepare? And how to write a good paper?

We will be happy to help you with these and other questions.

What exactly is a term paper??

A term paper or seminar paper is a written paper that is written according to scientific criteria.h. independently and on a high level) which you have to write during your Abitur. Mostly this work is done in the 11th grade. Class started. It serves as a kind of final paper and therefore usually has a strong impact on your final grades as well. Since the requirements for such a paper are at university level, you should put all the more effort into it. The regulations and the framework in which it is written and evaluated depend on the respective federal state.

Which skills will be trained?

  1. Thesis – Can you create a meaningful concept/guideline?
  2. Research – How much have you researched and been able to find out? (How much effort do you put into collecting information??)
  3. References – Prepare a complete bibliography?
  4. Reflect – You can critically question opinions and statements and draw your own conclusions?
  5. Recapitulate – Do you know how to quote correctly?
  6. Formatting – Can you format correctly with the computer and create an attractive document?? (font, font size, line spacing, footers, marking of quotations, etc.).)

What is the best approach?

The topics or. The thematic focus can be given by the school, sometimes it can be chosen by yourself. It depends on your school.

If you are able to choose a topic yourself, you should inform yourself in advance about the topics you would like to write about. This way you can find out if you are really interested in the topic and get a rough overview of what you want to include in your term paper and if there is enough to write about it at all.

Once you have found an interesting topic for your paper, you need to start looking for helpful information. You should not only get them from the internet, but also visit your school library. The Internet is full of information, but it can hurt to do research only there. Because this way many interesting points about your term paper could pass you by. So feel free to use old-fashioned media.

As soon as you have found suitable information, write it down! So you don’t forget it and have it directly at hand when you get started.

Often you will be asked to interpret your own scientific findings for your term paper. For example, you can conduct your own experiments, create surveys and make observations, which you can then evaluate and include in your paper. Even if this should not be given, it will surely go down well with your teachers. So do not be shy!

How should the paper be structured?

A good and above all sensible structure is essential for such an important paper.

Here you have an example of how it could look like:

  • Title page (topic, your name, your class, etc.).)
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction – Introduction to the topic. Introduce your topic and explain why you have chosen it. You should also explain your next steps and ask questions that will be answered in the course of your work and stimulate the reader’s curiosity. Also hypothesize what the conclusion might be at the end, for example. You can then refute or confirm them.
  • Main body – The longest part of the paper. Here you answer the previously asked questions and come to a scientific conclusion. You should look at different positions and critically examine the issue. Pay attention thereby to a clear structure!

For example like this:

  • Concluding part – Summarize your findings once again and answer previously posed questions and hypotheses from the introduction. Think also a suitable conclusion!
  • Appendix – Since illustrative material often takes up too much space in the body text, include it here.
  • Bibliography – Here you indicate all the sources you used in your text.
  • Affidavitexplanation/assurance – Here you affirm that you wrote the paper independently and did not use any sources not listed.

More tips for a good technical paper / term paper:

  • Catch absolutely in time !
  • Don’t choose a topic that is too big, make sure that the topic not too complex is so that you can do it in time.
  • Pay attention already in advance to the Evaluation framework (What does the teacher want to see? What is important?)
  • Use also old-fashioned media (library)
  • Mark important pages in books with Post-Its.
  • Do not quote directly from Wikipedia.
  • Don’t just rewrite information, but formulate texts in your own words new!
  • Go Step by step (first introduction, then main part and conclusion, etc.).)
  • Bring your your own thoughts fluently.
  • Exchange ideas with your classmates and get their opinions etc.
  • Let your relatives proofread (spelling/errors, is everything legible and sensibly written??)
  • Consider the elaboration as Preparation for your study.
  • Increase your motivation by choosing a topic that you can internalize and that you are really interested in!

Hopefully these little tips will help you and you will be motivated to write your paper! We wish you success and a lot of fun in the Abi!

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