Research Paper Writing: Some Practice Tools

Before writing your research paper, it is important to build some good research skills so that you can produce a successful research paper. An important step to practice your research skills is to read books and then write an analysis report of each book. In an analysis report, you should explain the methodology of the author and the basic message he wants to convey through the book. You can write articles for the newspaper as it also requires in-depth research. In this post, I’ve come up with some best practice tools to write a perfect research paper.

Internet Research

Almost every student uses internet for research purpose, you should learn how to effectively do research and get the most out of it. Visit your college library and ask your librarian about searching for journals and online card catalogs.

Interviews and Surveys

An important part of research is interaction with others, so it is important to practice your communication skills. If your teacher gives you a writing assignment and you have enough time to complete it, consider gathering interviews and surveys. Keep in mind before taking any interview or survey, carefully research the topic to get complete command over the topic.

Citations and Formatting

Every research paper must be properly cited; as this lets readers know the resources from where you found the information. If you are doing a paper in any Arts subject, you would follow the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. If the paper is in the science subject, it is advisable to use the American Psychological Association (APL) format for citation. In addition, your college library has books on how to properly format the research papers by using the standard format. Moreover, you can also find information on the internet as well.


Fight Your Stress and Get Academic Success!

If you feel stressed during your studies, the first thing to do is to identify the core reason – is it due to assignment deadlines, poor time management or some other personal problem. Try to reason with yourself rather than turning to unhealthy substitutes such as alcohol or smoking, etc.  Unless you don’t take control over your problems yourself, they will get the worst of you. Though it is hard, following are a few stress busters’ techniques that you can try.

Exercise: Indulge yourself in a physical activity, exercise, go to the gym, workout. Being physically fit will help you stay in the right state of mind and you will be able to think clearer. Though exercise has nothing to do with thinking straight, however, it certainly helps you to take out some aggression and clam down and think about a situation.

Think of a solution: There is always another way and a solution to every problem.  If at first you don’t realize what it is, that means you need to give it some time and consider how you can deal with a problem. The moment you give it some thought, you will be surprised with the kind of alternatives you can come up with.

Connect: Meet other students who might be going through the same stress as you are. You never know discussing your problems with them, might lead you towards a solution. You can also share your problems with students from different universities via social media and find out what they do in similar situations.

Take it as a challenge: Convert your stress into a challenge. Set specific goals and see when and how you can achieve it.

Give yourself some space: It is important to take out some time for yourself. This is the time when you can actually think about your problems and how you can overcome them. However, if you feel stressed by doing so, the best thing to do in this time is to relax and do something you enjoy the most. This way you will refresh your mind and will feel ready to face any challenge that comes across your way.


Dealing with Exam Stress

If you procrastinate, meeting your assignment deadline becomes no less than a terror. You think that you have ample time to complete your assignment, but then moment you realize its just two days left for submission and you can’t do much but stare blankly at your computer. Here are some strategies that will save you from exam stress.

Set clear targets: The moment you receive your assignment brief, go through it and divide it into sections and sub sections. Set specific targets for each section and try completing your work accordingly.

Give yourself a break: If you find it hard to concentrate on your work for more than 1 hour, give yourself a break for 5-10 minutes. Relax yourself in this break. Go away from the computer screen and may be listen to some music or do some exercise. Giving your mind and eyes some rest is important in order to stay fresh.

Plan your assignment: The more you plan and re-plan, the better. A well planned assignment is always better written compared to a one that is written in a rush. Chalk a proper outline for the topic that you need to cover. Start with a mind map and then group your ideas logically.

Discuss your work with your tutor: If you have properly planned your assignment, you can easily be done with an initial draft in no time. The moment you are done with it, ask your tutor to review it. Discuss areas of improvement in the assignment and work accordingly.

Talk to your friends: Discuss your assignment with your friends. Find out what strategies they are using to complete their assignment and what topic they are working on. Be open to criticism and think how you can improve your assignment.

Read relevant research: Read as much as you can. Look at how other students have been addressing various aspects of the topic. This will help get a broader picture of the topic.


Writing a Psychology Report

Psychology courses generally require practical studies, experiments, writing reports as part of the coursework. In this post, I’m explaining a few important steps for writing a psychology report.

Report Title

Keep report titles short, to the point and concise. The main reason is to inform your readers of what you are studying, for instance “An experiment to study the effects of ……”


In this section, you have to summarize the important points found in the research findings. It must summarize the main objective, methods, results and statistical conclusion of the study.


In this section, add the aim of the study including the experimental hypothesis and null hypothesis.


An introduction should highlight previous research on the topic covered. It must include review of relevant literature; discuss the goals of the current research and how these findings agree with related research.


Explain the type of the study you are conducting, discuss the appropriate conditions, describe any equipments used in the experiment and give a more detailed explanation on how the study was conducted.


In this part present your results clearly and succinctly. You can use a table of results, graphs or simply a written description. Keep this section short and do not include any interpretation of the results.


In this section, you evaluate the results and assess how reliable and valid the results were and whether they support the hypothesis. Explain how the study could be improved, problems faced during this study and any ideas for future happening from this study.


Add any raw results, calculations, and any questioners used in the study.


List any books or paper used in the experiment.

Consider each psychological writing report as an opportunity to hone and improve your knowledge. If you really want to improve your writing skills, carefully follow these steps and your report will provide a clear and concise overview of the experiment, research or study conducted.