You can base your stages on the next few points in this article – research and data gathering, a structure plan for the piece of work, writing up, and so on.As coursework is primarily a research exercise, the research phase is crucial, so don’t be tempted to skimp on it and go straight to writing up.
It’ll look slightly different from an essay plan for science subjects and others that revolve around project work, but the principle is the same: plan out what order you’re going to present your information in.
For big projects, this is particularly important, because with a lot of information to convey, you risk being disorganised and waffling.
Never leave your coursework until the last minute, even if this is your normal approach to essays and it usually works for you.
Make sure you understand when the deadlines are, including time for submitting a first draft for comments from your teacher.
The research phase for some subjects may involve site visits for gathering data, so allow plenty of time for this, particularly if you need your parents to drive you somewhere to do so.
If it’s a scientific experiment you’re conducting for your coursework, you’ll need to pay careful attention to planning the experiment using rigorous scientific methods (also noting what Health and Safety precautions you are taking), as well as reading up on the background and theory so that you have an idea of what to expect from the outcome of your experiment.
Try not to pick a topic for which the scope is too vast, as you’ll struggle to research it properly and you’re unlikely to do it justice, and it’ll be hard to keep within the word limit.
Ask your teachers for some guidance on choosing your topic if you’re not sure what to write about; they might even tell you a bit about what previous students have done to give you some inspiration.
In the research stage, make notes about what you expect to happen, so that you can later compare your expectations with what actually did happen.
The experiment itself also forms part of the research and data-gathering stage for your science coursework; in the write-up stage, which we come onto shortly, you analyse and write up the results.