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Research Paper : How to Select Best Topics

Here are some guidelines you should follow when selecting a topic for your next paper.

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Whether you are writing papers for high school or college, this guide should help you choose intriguing topics. Pixabay

Why should you write a paper if you cannot get any value from it? Even if you decide to use a research paper writer, you will need to come up with a topic for you to present to your teacher. You should feel both confident and interested in your topic. However, finding the perfect topic isn’t necessarily an easy thing to do. Here are some guidelines you should follow when selecting a topic for your next paper.

 

  • Step 1: Look Over the Paper Guidelines

 

Any time you are writing a research paper, you should begin by looking over any instructions or grading rubric that your instructor might have provided. Here, you’ll learn the requirements for length. You’ll also learn more about the topic and how much freedom you have when deciding what to write about.  

 

  • Step 2: Brainstorming

 

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The goal is to come up with as many ideas as you can, then select the one that works best. Pixabay

Brainstorming is simply letting your mind come up with ideas without filtering it. The goal is to come up with as many ideas as you can, then select the one that works best. Set a five-minute timer and ponder on your topic. If you want, you can write down related ideas or questions that you have wanted to know. Then, use these to choose a few good ideas. Don’t be afraid to look around online if you cannot come up with your own ideas.

 

  • Step 3: Adjusting the Topic

 

As you look over the list of brainstormed topics, choose 2-3 that stand out. Ideally, these topics should interest you. However, you should have sufficient background knowledge that you will not need to do too much research. Look around for resources. Once you see what is available, narrow it down to one topic. Then, you can broaden or narrow it as needed. Try to use the topic to form a thesis. Then you will be ready to proceed to the next step in the writing process.

 

  • Topics for Writing Papers

 

Of course, when choosing topics, you should default to any guidelines provided by your professor. Any of these topics could keep you interested when writing a research paper and earn you a top grade from your teacher:

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You’ll also learn more about the topic and how much freedom you have when deciding what to write about.  Pixabay
  1. Business Ethics and Minimum Wage
  2. Technology and Cheating in School
  3. Can You Work Too Much?
  4. Are Exams a Good Measure of Success?
  5. Should First-World Countries Be Forced to Go Solar?
  6. Separation in Schools: Do Students Perform Better in Girls-Only or Boys-Only Schools?
  7. Health Care Crisis: Is the United States Behind the Times in Providing Universal Healthcare?
  8. Freedom on the Internet: Should the Government Limit Access to Information?
  9. Lead Poisoning and Imported Goods
  10. Harmful Food Additives: Why Does the United States Use Ingredients Banned in Other Countries?

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Whether you are writing papers for high school or college, this guide should help you choose intriguing topics. When you are interested in what you have to write, it makes it a lot easier to avoid procrastination. You might even find that you learn something that fascinates you.

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Taking Short Breaks in Between May Help You Grasp New Skills Better

This suggested volunteers' performance improved primarily during the short rests, and not during typing, the team said.

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"Everyone thinks you need to 'practice, practice and practice' when learning something new," said co-author Leonardo G. Cohen from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the US. Pixabay

If you are in a process of learning new skills, then taking short breaks in between may help you grasp it better, say researchers.

The study, published in the journal Current Biology, suggests our brains probably take short rest periods to strengthen memories.

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By looking at the brain waves, researchers also found activity patterns that suggested the brains of participants were consolidating, or solidifying, memories during the rest. Pixabay

“Everyone thinks you need to ‘practice, practice and practice’ when learning something new,” said co-author Leonardo G. Cohen from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the US. “We found resting, early and often, may be just as critical to learning as practice,” Cohen said.

For the study, researchers recorded brain waves from a group of right-handed volunteers with a highly sensitive scanning technique called magnetoencephalography or MEG.

They were asked to type numbers as many times as possible with their left hands for 10 seconds, then take rest for 10 seconds and to repeat the cycle until they had typed the numbers 35 more times.

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For the study, researchers recorded brain waves from a group of right-handed volunteers with a highly sensitive scanning technique called magnetoencephalography or MEG. Pixabay

The findings showed the volunteers’ speed at which they correctly typed numbers improved dramatically during the first few trials and then levelled off around the 11th cycle. This suggested volunteers’ performance improved primarily during the short rests, and not during typing, the team said.

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By looking at the brain waves, researchers also found activity patterns that suggested the brains of participants were consolidating, or solidifying, memories during the rest.

Specifically, they found the changes in the size of brain waves, called beta rhythms, correlated with the improvements the volunteers made during rests. The team plans to explore, in detail, the role of these early resting periods in learning and memory. (IANS)