Project writing is one of the most anticipated tasks in the life of an undergraduate. From the point of admission into the university to the progression of the student through the different academic levels, everything in-between is bent on preparing the student for the final project writing. Often times, because of these anticipations, an actual phobia is developed in the minds of the student towards the project. It shouldn’t be so. It’s supposed to be a fun-filled and enjoyable process that thrills the students and leaves a positive mark in their memories.
Coming up with a suitable project topic shouldn’t be stressful? With easy access to digital media and a plethora of educational resources out there, undergraduate projects shouldn’t be an excruciating experience to engage. This post is intended to guide and empower you with the right knowledge to effortlessly come up with a great project topic, which makes writing projects both exciting and enjoyable. The following paragraphs will seamlessly explain six unconventional steps for choosing the right project topic, even if you have written a project before. The steps are as follows:
1) Brainstorm Extensively For Ideas
In some higher institutions of learning, the supervisors are responsible for assigning project topics to their students. In contrast, in other institutions, the students are given the privilege to choose their individual topics and submit for approval. The student should be equipped with the necessary steps for topic research. Therefore, the first step towards choosing the right project topic is to brainstorm for ideas.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, brainstorming is a problem-solving technique that involves the spontaneous contribution of ideas from all members of a group. Individual brainstorming enables the researcher to explore common areas of personal interest in coming up with a great topic and conclusions. Due to the increasing rate of project abandonment, which is primarily caused by a lack of enthusiasm and zeal, it is imperative that students take due diligence in brainstorming their areas of interest. Therefore, choosing a research topic from a field of passion and interest gives the student sustained energy to follow-up the project process to completion and also increases the likelihood of yielding a high-grade outcome.
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2. Analyze Previous Topics
Previous project topics and materials are significant areas to explore when researching the right topic for your project. Analyzing past project materials is crucial for two simple reasons. Firstly, it minimizes your research process by allowing you to choose from an already validated and vetted topic, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel which is a long route. Secondly, the topics selected from past project works have a high likelihood of been chosen by your project supervisor because they are familiar with them.
An easy way to access a collection of previous project topics and materials is by navigating to our online library, we have a vast collected interesting and relevant topics. Another way is by visiting your departmental library for a copy of prior works.
3. Scrutiny your Chosen Topic
After carefully following the first two steps, you must have gotten up to four topics to start with. It’s time to scrutinize your topic for validation and vetting. This step is one of the essential steps in this process because the outcomes of this stage are what you’ll likely research on.
You can head straight to Google, and start surfing the web to gather more facts and materials about your topic of interest. This process will reveal if your chosen topic is researchable and also if there are enough materials to smoothen the process of your research. If your topic meets the requirements as mentioned above, then you can proceed to the next step; otherwise, you’ll need to repeat steps one & two.
4. Consult your Supervisor
One of the main reasons a supervisor is attached to every project student is to direct, support, and supervise the entire research process for optimal research performance. Even after engaging multiple methods in choosing a project topic, you must seek your supervisor’s opinion on your chosen topic before proceeding with it. Some institutions empower the project supervisor with an exclusive right to accept or decline a topic without question, so involving them in the process with save you several hours of repeat work.
More importantly, seeking their humble opinion will give them a sense of acknowledgment and reverence, which will translate into quick approval and endorsement of your project topic.
5. Explore Relevant Literatures
At this point, you’ll likely be left with about 2 to 3 possible project topics to work on. It’s time to dive even more into research. The essence of this stage is to enable you to narrow down your project topic to one, so as to kick off the primary project research process.
Look upon academic journals, term papers, conference materials, research databases, and other relevant literature archives for more documents about your chosen topic. At the end of this stage, you’ll be able to have decided on one topic with ample resources to conduct your research on.
6. Validate and Begin your Research
Congratulations on reaching this stage!
You’re left with a project topic, after the many kinds of research. Consult your supervisor again, this time to validate and approve your project topic. By now, you must have established a good rapport with your supervisor, by seeking his opinion initially: remember? Based on the rapport built already, the approval and validation procedure will flow seamlessly and without a headache.
Once your supervisor gives you the go-ahead on the project topic, starting the project becomes easy. It will be easy because you’ve taken the due diligence in researching, gathering materials, and exploring relevant and related kinds of literature.
When followed appropriately, these steps can work wonders for anyone, even if you’re a complete newbie to project writing. Try not to skip a step when choosing your project, in order to get the full benefits of the process. Read, practice, and come out in flying colors.
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