Writing a capstone paper may seem like an overwhelming task but it need not be. You can produce a great paper with some guidance and information. First of all, calm down, breathe and then start. Sometimes, you have all the will to do it but you are lacking in inspiration.
Here are some guidelines for writing your capstone paper.
- Search the internet for some capstone project ideas. You might be thinking inside the box but once you look at these different projects, something might interest you. Before you chose your topic, make sure you looked at all different topics available.
- When choosing a topic to base your paper on, make sure you are comfortable and passionate about it. Also be sure that you have extensive knowledge on the chosen topic. There will be time to research but if it is something you already have some knowledge on, it makes it easier.
- Research as much as you can on your selected topic. Make sure your sources are credible. You want to dig a little deeper than any other paper you’ve researched before. Find some books in the library, speak to other students about their nursing capstone project. Gather as much information as you can before writing.
- Prepare your thesis paper. This is the foundation of your capstone paper and is really important. You need as much information as you can to prove that your thesis statement is correct. Look at both sides of your thesis and explore the options. Argue against and for your thesis with the majority pointing to why you believe your thesis is correct.
- Work on your paper structure before writing. Create an outline of how you would like the flow of the paper to be. Once you have that in place, you can start adding information to the relevant sections.
- When writing your paper, make sure your facts are correct and accurate. You also want to add your own findings and interpretations.
- Proofread and edit as much as you want to but know when to stop. Ask a friend or family member to proofread it for you as well. You want to make sure that there are no grammar or spelling mistakes because they can cause you unnecessary deductions.
- Cite your sources correctly in your paper as well as you bibliography.
- Hand in your paper and believe that you have done as much as you could. Once it’s handed in, you need to let it go. Don’t do a post-mortem after that. It’s done and all you have to do now is wait.
You have been through your studies and this has prepared you for this moment. If you feel like you are overwhelmed with the paper at any stage, step away and take a break. Sit down in front of the television or go have some coffee with a friend that can make you laugh. This is going to be challenging and if you feel like your creativity is somewhat at a stop street, it’s time to recuperate and step aside.
Allocate enough time to this paper and do not rush through it. There really is no point to do a quick job on this one because of its importance. This is the moment you have been preparing for. You have worked all year long and you are not going to give up right at the end. Apply your knowledge and research skills to the best of your abilities. Believe in yourself and in what you’ve learnt. See this as one more step towards success.