Choosing the best topic for a research proposal

This is a very important situation. The choice of topic for your research proposal can mean the difference between passing or failure or between a good mark and a great mark. You have to do this research proposal. Why not do it well?

Here is a good way to get started

Make a list of your favorite topics for a research proposal. Obviously they have to be within the framework set by your teacher or tutor but don't hold back. Make your list as large as you like but always with the proviso that you like each particular topic. Now select two or three of well-liked topics and carry out some basic research.

How popular are these topics? Is there a plenty of research material linked to these topics? Only when you are sure you have plenty of background information upon which you can draw should you select your favorite topic. The point here is that you really like this subject and because it has plenty of research material it can then well be the best topic for your research proposal.

Is it too popular?

You want to be careful that when you choose your best topic that the world and its mother hasn't done likewise. Imagine your teacher or tutor getting your finished work and groaning because it is proposal number 25 on this particular topic. It might be a topic you love and it might be a topic with lots of research material but if it's super popular, perhaps switch to a topic which is not being done to death.

Look for a fresh angle. It doesn't matter how common or popular a topic may be the key to your success is finding a new approach. How can you discuss this topic in a different way? If you can find that novel approach, you will be sure to catch the attention of your teacher or tutor. They like a new angle on an old topic or any topic.

Make a plan

Every research proposal needs to be planned in detail before you start to write. Do a mini version of your research proposal. List the points you will make in your introduction, your middle paragraphs and in your conclusion. Make a bird’s eye view of the entire proposal beforehand. Keep that mini plan in front of you as you write your full research proposal. This will keep your mind on track and help you stick to the topic. It may well be a research proposal which attracts a very high mark.

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