From when we were asked to write a composition about our last Christmas holiday in primary/secondary school to the stages of writing thesis, projects and term papers, seminar writing has always been a part of our growth in our academic careers. As we advance, we find out that it gets somehow difficult and a tedious task to carry out. This article aims at reminding us on simple steps to writing that great seminar.
Whether it is descriptive, narrative, expository or argumentative, all of them have a basic structure and it is this basic structure we shall be focusing on.
PREPARATION TO WRITE YOUR SEMINAR
1. Have a topic
Having a topic is very essential because for there to be a good seminar, the reader has to know what they are reading about. Everything as we know it has a name. Your seminar should not be an exception.
2. Read and research on the topic
For one to be a good writer, he or she has to be a good reader. Having all the necessary weapons in your arsenal is important because if you have a broad knowledge of the topic, it will be easier to make up the body of your seminar. Websites like Wikipedia and Britannica are very useful as they provide a broad knowledge of the subject you are writing on. You can also go through the “Works Cited” section in other to read further from more information of the topic.
3. Take notes
Writing down some important points which you might otherwise forget is necessary to writing a good seminar. You might also want to write down quotations to know who said what in other to garnish your writing. You should also cite sources in other to avoid plagiarism as that is a punishable crime.
Also remember that you already have certain beliefs and opinions about the topic before you start researching. As you go on, you realize that people might have differing views on the topic. Take note of those contrasting views and incorporate them into your seminar in other to add various perspectives to the topic. Remember not to digress.
Think out your own ideas and also jot them down along side your research. How do you relate to the work on a more personal level? What are your own thoughts? This will add originality to your seminar. You can back your strong point up with some works from your sources who are authorities in the topic and come up with a thesis statement. A thesis statement shows what your focus on the particular topic is and the points you intend to make. This provides insights to the topic.
5. Make an outline
An outline is the skeletal part of the seminar. It provides a framework for the body of the seminar, giving it form and keeping it on point. An outline shows how you want each idea to appear in the seminar. It gives coherence and order to the body of work.
WRITING THE seminar
1. The introduction
There are many ways to introduce the topic of an seminar. You could start by defining key terms or you could start by making a relevant quote to the topic and linking it to the points you wish to make. You can also start by giving a broad description of the topic after which you narrow it down to where you want to focus on.
Always remember that the introduction of an seminar does the same work beautiful packaging does to a product. It compels the reader to stay tuned to you and read on.
2. The body
If you follow the simple rules earlier stated, filling up the body of a work will be very easy because you have the outline and your notes to guide you. With so much information at your disposal, the only thing you will be worried about is how to not exceed the number of words you were asked to write.
3. The conclusion
If the introduction compelled the readers to keep reading, the conclusion will make them not to forget you if you get it right.
This is where you wrap up and summarize all your points and probably give the reader something to think about. You could end with a rhetorical question or a mind blowing quote that is still in tune with the seminar. Be smart about it.
After writing your seminar, read and read again. Edit it and make sure you have used the right punctuation marks where you are supposed to and also make sure you have obeyed the rules of concord.
If you adhere to these simple steps, you are on your way to becoming a great seminarist.