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How to Write An A+ College Paper

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 4

When your teacher or professor gives you a prompt, or basic instructions of the required subject or type of paper to be written, you can benefit greatly from reading it carefully, and more than once. Read it several times when you first receive it and ask your professor to clarify any aspects you find confusing before you leave that class so you have a chance to discuss it with your teacher while the subject is still fresh in your mind. If your professor allows for students to contact themtelephone, make sure to take advantage of them as a resource should you find that you have questions as you begin work on your paper.

The Importance of Comprehending What The Professor is Really Asking For

Be careful to consider what kind of class you are enrolled in and ask yourself what tutelary goals your professor might have had in their mind when they first assigned the paper. What does your teacher likely want you to learn from their course? How would you go about getting your students to think about these subjects if your roles were reversed? 

The Foundation of Your A+ College Paper Is Your Thesis

If you are certain that you understand what your teacher wants you to explore in your paper, you can begin developing your thesis.  Your thesis is really your paper's foundation, so you should spend the time the make sure you get it right, even if you need to revise it several times and sleep on it a few nights before settling into a position. By way of example, we can consider a college essay promp that asks us to consider the psychological effects marketing has on consumers.

In this scenario, your first step would be to take a position based either on your personal beliefs or an abundance of evidence you have. It's alright to take a position in your paper that you don't necessarily believe in yourself, especially when you find a lot of good support for a certain line of reasoning in your course materials. This can make the entire paper writing process much smoother. 

 Let's assume for our example you were taking up the argument that marketing very strongly affects the thinking of consumers exposed to it.  Next, you would gather supporting evidence for this claim, from your books, lectures, academic essays or interviews.  One useful piece of supporting evidence could come in the form of statistics and studies performed to suss out the effects that marketing has on the human brain, or consumer psychology reports that were commissioned by advertising companies creating new product campaigns. 

If you end up discovering four good pieces of supporting evidence, you could base the organizational structure of your essay around them by giving your position and an overview of your evidence in your thesis and then devoting one paragraph to each piece of support. 

Each paragraph then becomes an opportunity to examine each piece of support in greater detail, while relating it back to your central thesis and explaining, very explicitly, how exactly this evidence supports your position. 



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Comments

Jan 7, 2012 12:22am
tekaha
i agree that success in how to write an A+ paper lies in the strong thesis the rest of your paper can hinge on. now we just have to make this article required reading for all incoming students!
Jan 7, 2012 1:28am
LLWoodard
I agree with the first most basic step in producing an A+ paper lies in understanding what the professor/instructor is asking you to do. Succeeding in college is just like succeeding in life; whoever is in charge holds the deck of cards, so just learn to play by their rules.
Jan 7, 2012 3:13am
redyelruc
Writing an A+ paper in college? I'm going to be trying it again next year when I start to study for a Masters degree. I think the most important aspect is knowing what's being asked of you.

Thanks for the good read.
Jan 7, 2012 6:03pm
ZackProser
Thanks for reading!
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