If you have to carry out a project, draw a euristic map, conduct a group discussion of ideas, and plan your research. Outline the project, use reliable and current data sources, and formulate your own thesis statement. Start the writing phase early and style the project to make it stand out.
Part 1 of 3: Organize your ideas
Step 1. Make a euristic map
In order to reflect on the project, make a euristic map to generate new ideas. To do this, you will need a piece of paper, a board or a whiteboard. Then write the goal of the project in the middle. Write related topics, subtopics and relevant concepts around your goal and draw ramifications from these elements to create and follow different tangents.
Suppose your objective is "to give a detailed account of the history of the fur trade in the North American continent". As sub-themes related to this topic, you could suggest “relations with the natives”, “the history of fashion in Europe” and “the cultural importance of furs”
Step 2. Discuss as a group
If you have to do a group project, holding brainstorming sessions will allow all members to hear each other's ideas and gain a new perspective. Schedule a meeting in a quiet location with as few distractions as possible. On the other hand, if you are working alone on the project, you could chat with colleagues or friends to broaden your perspectives on the topic you are discussing. Remember to include everyone in the decisions.
Step 3. Do your research
Plan the research process by brainstorming to fill in the gaps. To do this, you should identify your starting point based on your knowledge and resources (i.e. point A) and identify the point you want to reach with the project (i.e.. point B). Make a list of all the missing ideas between the two points and make a plan to fill the gap.
Suppose point A of your project is about electric cars and you have limited knowledge on the subject and point B completes a PowerPoint presentation to these vehicles. If you want to fill this gap, do some research (on the internet and in the library), describe the history, technology and possible future of these cars, and provide pictures and news articles
Part 2 of 3: Conducting Research
Step 1. Make a schedule
To achieve a successful project, it will take a lot of time and effort. In other words, assess your priorities and plan your action plan. Set aside time for research and set goals on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to track your progress. For example, try to come up with a detailed plan within the first week.
Keep track of your schedule using a mobile app like aCalendar. This is a great app that will allow you to organize your tasks and due dates
Step 2. Use reliable sources
When doing your research on books, new articles or web pages, always look at the references of the author or creator of the text. Look up the names of the authors to see if they haven't already been published or cited in the work of others. Avoid texts written under cover of anonymity or any other sensational text that might grab the reader's attention rather than convey the facts.
Step 3. Find up-to-date documents
When researching a topic, review the publication date of the documents you are using. It is ideal to use current information, but it is crucial to find the most recent information in dynamic fields, such as science. Moreover, historical texts can be an exception.
Part 3 of 3: Produce the necessary materials
Step 1. Formulate a thesis statement
To get started, ask yourself a simple question on the subject and start researching. When you start to have a better understanding of the documents, make a statement that you can present as the goal of your project. Decide if your statement should be researched and make sure it only expresses one main idea.
Step 2. Start writing early
Try to overcome the tendency to postpone the reaction phase after completing your research. Start writing notes early in the process to become more familiar with the documents you are studying and to record your ideas as you go. If you start the writing stage early on, you will also have content to get feedback from family, friends, group members, or a supervisor.
Step 3. Style your project
Make the project stand out using dynamic elements. If possible, add sound, visual or tactile elements to the project to make it more interesting and accessible. Different approaches will bring a new dimension to the topic addressed.
- Add an auditory element like a recorded interview or recorded radio show to bring the project to life.
- Use visual aids such as pictures, graphics and maps to enrich the project.
- Add a tactile element to your project, like a short video.