How to structure your College Papers properly

College is not just about staying in class, but also about discovering what you really like to do and how to do it better. Even more, college assignments are very frequently not just about the grade itself, but about even more important things. They are about finding ways to organize your time properly, about learning the importance of every minute, about helping your classmates and receiving help from them (or even about working in teams) and about finding out what a great satisfaction putting effort into something can bring you.

College papers are mandatory and regardless of what you major in or what you minor in, you will sooner or later have to submit at least a couple of such papers. Although at first they will seem confusing and difficult to deal with, once you learn what academic writing really is, you will most likely even find it interesting to work on them, especially if you manage to choose a topic that keeps your interest alive.

One thing you should bear in mind is the fact that structure is absolutely crucial for a good academic paper. These papers should always be properly structured and they should always have coherence because in most of the cases, they will aim at proving something (either by argumentation or by doing research to back up a belief you or somebody else may have). If you want to learn how to structure your papers properly, do continue reading.

  1. Every paper out there should be comprised out of 3 parts: an introduction (which sometimes has to contain the abstract as well), a conclusion and the actual contents of the paper.
  2. Furthermore, every single paragraph in the paper should follow the very same structure at a smaller level. The first sentence of a particular paragraph you write should describe what the paragraph is about, while the last sentence should reinforce it.
  3. Pay attention to the size of these 3 parts. You will not want to make the introduction part and the conclusion too long, because this will make the entire paper seem incomplete and poorly written.
  4. Make sure that the introductory part contains your thesis statement and the ways in which you aim to prove it. Furthermore, do make sure that you explain the reason behind this research and why it is important that you conduct it.
  5. The conclusion should briefly reinforce the introduction and it should briefly describe further discoveries you have made during the research you have conducted. Do make sure that it does not sound repetitive and that the last sentence is uplifting, that it invites to further research and/or that it is something memorable.