Good standard operating procedure when you get a research assignment is to review you assignment! What is that your instructor is asking you to do? Put it in your own words! And don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Compose a problem/solution essay that explores a topic you know well. Writing from personal experience or observation will allow you to develop your ideas with a depth that would be difficult to attain were your topic less familiar.
Some easy ways to get started:
- Develop a rationale for your essay;
- Define your understanding of the topic;
- Ask yourself what questions do you have about your topic to help develop your search strategy;
- Get feedback early! Ask your instructor or Ask a Librarian!
Problem/Solution Topic Inspiration:
- Older population care;
- High cost of college;
- Improve a sport;
- Courses not offered in your program;
- Scheduling issues at school;
- Established practices that should be changed;
- Mandatory vacation time;
- Encouraging exercise by teaching life sports;
- Expensive weddings;
- Problems that need to be solved where you work;
- Policies that should be changed (school or work);
- Minimum wage pay