Step Up Those Research Skills This Semester

Step Up Those Research Skills This Semester
Step Up Those Research Skills This Semester
From your first keg party, you probably very quickly realized that college was a whole lot different than high school. And academically speaking, your responsibilities and your professors’ expectations of your performance and potential are going to be a whole lot more extreme too. One of the main differences between high school homework and college work is the emphasis on research. Science courses, English classes and even freshmen seminars are usually very research intensive, demanding that you conduct your own research to supplement your teachers’ lectures and to formulate your own, independent ideas about the subject matter. Even if you completed a few research papers in high school, the college game is different, and here are ways to step up your skills.

Understand why research is important and even necessary to the learning experience. You’re not just trying to fulfill the required number of sources or learning how to add quotes to an essay. Your professors want you to conduct significant research so that you learn how to find, collect and organize information, and then create strong arguments that combine personal opinion (depending on the field) with authoritative back-ups. When you realize the point of your research project, you’ll find it easier (and less painful) to ferret out the documents and chapters that are most relevant to you, and you’ll be more likely to retain the knowledge well beyond the assignment or even semester.

Honing your research skills will take time, and you won’t be a whiz until after your freshman year, most likely. Ask your professors for help and recommendations of authors or experts you should check, and ask the reference librarians for help, too. They’re valuable resources for training you to use the library and its journal searches and databases, and most college librarians know a lot more than you probably gave them credit fir in terms of locating and understanding specific texts that will pertain to your assignment.

It’s up to you, however, to be organized. Your research won’t really get you anywhere if you don’t know how to catalog it, record it, highlight it, or annotate it, so come up with some sort of tabbing, tagging or copy/pasting system that lets you file your research and play around with the different pieces that you’ll ultimately fit together yourself.
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2010/10/18/step-up-those-research-skills-this-semester/

Step Up Those Research Skills This Semester 9.1 of 10 on the basis of 3913 Review.