The new academic year is in full swing and it will soon be time to submit project work. Writing a school project can be intimidating, especially because so much research and effort usually goes into it. To end up with a clean and organised project, it is important to follow a fixed guideline.
What the Project Must Contain:
Introduction: The introduction usually talks about what will be covered in the project. This may need to be written once the project is complete to ensure it takes into account all aspects of the project.
Research and Writing: This is the crux of the project. Everything that is done, be it reference work, interviews or experiments, will contribute to the writing.
Conclusion: The conclusion basically says the same thing the introduction does, but in past tense. It can also talk about what the project has been able to prove and what hasn't been proven.
The Actual Writing
Where to Begin:
- On a rough page, kids can outline what they want to write about before they begin to write about it. They can break the research into anywhere between three to seven sections. The three compulsory sections are why they chose the topic, the research they did using articles and books and the major findings.
- Get kids to write a rough draft of the project following the guidelines that the teacher has provided, including length and topic. Make sure they get someone to re-read the rough draft to correct grammatical errors. Once this is corrected, kids can print or write out the final text and bind it to make the project clean, neat and professional.
- Kids need to add all the necessary documentation to their school project. This may include graphs, charts, pictures, a bibliography and other information that the teacher may require. Including visual aides and/or diagrams whenever possible helps authenticate the research.
- It helps to have someone else read the project to check for errors. This person can also check to make sure all parts of the project are easy to understand.
- Presentation is another important part of a school project. Whether your child is using word-processing software or writing out the project, make sure the work is neat and well-organised.
- If your child has an oral presentation that they must prepare along with the project, it is a good idea to make sure that the presentation and the project cover the same aspects of the given topic.
- If your child's teacher prefers a PowerPoint presentation, make sure the entire presentation does not exceed more than 25 slides. For an effective presentation, keep text to a minimum and use lots of graphics and charts to illustrate points.
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