If you’re a final-year student who has to write a long essay … RIP. Kidding. It’s hard but we’ve definitely got you covered. Your research starts with your proposal which a supervisor has to approve. Follow these tips to make sure that your supervisor doesn’t reject your research paper.
Your Topic Is Too Broad
Your proposal won’t be approved if your topic is too broad. For example, something along the lines of “Effects of mining in Ghana” is 100% going to be rejected. You might not believe it, but it’ll be rejected for your own good. You’re going to do whatever research topic that you pick, and there’s no way that you’re going to be able to investigate the effects of mining all over the country.
One hack that you can use is adding an area. For the topic above, you can just look at the effects on your hometown. If you have trouble narrowing your topic down, just look for things that you can research on your own campus.
You Can’t Justify The Research
We all know the only reason you’re doing the research in the first place is for the marks. However, your lecturers are going to need you to give them a reason. That means you have to tell them why your topic is important. Your justification should say how your research is going to help someone. Start by thinking about who the research should help/inform and you might even end up with a topic you’re passionate about.
Your Study Doesn’t Have A Strong Foundation
When you’re writing a research proposal, you have to be original, but you don’t need to start from scratch. Google your topic and see if research has been on the same area, but in different countries, different regions in Ghana, different campuses, etc. If something similar has already been done, your proposal will be more likely to get approved. Also, your whole paper will be easier to put together if you have some references.