At face value, being tasked with writing a term paper about dreams might seem like an easy thing to do. After all, we all have them, don’t we? However, in reality producing a high-quality paper on the subject might be harder than you think. Especially, if you don’t want to sound too new age, or flaky. You want to sound like you are knowledgeable; like you have a certain degree of expertise. If you are suddenly besieged with doubts about how you are going to pull this off, don’t panic. Just follow my great hints…
The first thing you need to consider is the angle that you are going to take. For example are you going to write about standard dreams – nightmares – or are you considering looking at the psychology behind dreams? It is vital that you give this some serious thought and consideration before you begin writing and researching. Hey, you might even dream about it!
Imagine how fascinating it would be if rather than just a bland, standard term paper you were actually able to come up with something interesting. A research-based paper! Putting together a dream study is not as complicated as it sounds. Simply get a group of friends or family (Preferably people who are not doing similar work) and get them to record their dreams for a week. It is important that they keep accurate information and are not tempted to embellish it in any way. Then do some analysis and use this as the basis of your term paper. Try and establish links between the dreams people have and the people that they were in contact with the previous day.
In the same way that a book needs an engaging introduction in order to pull the reader in and keep them hooked. Then the introduction to your term paper needs to spell out exactly what you are going to do and why it is different from the gazillions of other work floating around there somewhere.
Just as a good first draft of a novel will form the entire skeleton of the book, and then your outline needs to be comprehensive and as free from holes as possible. Do not be tempted to skip this process.
I think a lot of students fall into the trap of treating their assignments as a chore. Far from being a boring subject, dreams are utterly fascinating, and you should be jumping through hoops to make this is as engaging and stimulating as possible.