Research papers, quizzes, book reports –these are all part of the students’ academic requirements in college. As students shuffle from one subject to another, seeking a balance to these coursework is the key in helping them reach their ultimate goal – graduating from their chosen academic field.
Students grumble and complain when a professor ask a class to do book reports. Ultimately, students do not have an alternative but to comply. However, they can avoid being hobbled by problems and anxieties in meeting their requisites.
Below are some tips on how to lighten up the load in writing book reports:
1. Book Choices
If professors assign a book, students have no option but to read it and proceed with the next step. If professors give students a free reign on book choice, the first step is to determine the genre they want to explore on their book reports – fiction or non-fiction.
Students should also consider working on a book they genuinely interested in. This way, the process of writing and developing the content becomes less excruciating. The final output will be a pleasurable experience for both the writer and the reader as the can easily convey his or her understanding of the reading material.
2. Creating an Outline
After deciding on the book, developing an outline is the next step. An outline gives the structural framework on how a writer can proceed. A student can rely on the outline to develop a strategy that works for him or her. Changing the outline as the student progresses on is a welcome sign. This means that the writer is discovering significant ideas.
3. Writing a Draft and Final Copy
Composing good book reports becomes a fun experience with the discoveries that surface along the way. Writing a book report does not happen overnight, but is composed of two parts: the draft and the final copy. A draft copy gives life to the ideas written down on the outline. It represents the initial thoughts of a writer about the manuscript. Students expect to discard ideas written on the outline to enhance the overall appeal of the paper they are writing. After settling on some ideas and balancing the thoughts of the paper, students will then revise and end up with a final copy.
After observing these tips, students can find their book reports easier to accomplish. This time around, they will not be overwhelmed by fear in fulfilling this scholastic requirement. Students can relax after submitting their book reports.
By Lilian Smith
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