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Project Tips

Project Tips

We know that projects are a big part of your homework, so we have put together some tips to help you.

  • First thing's first. Record the date your project is assigned and the date that it is due. Be sure to include any additional dates such as: first draft is due, assigned days and times to use the school library or meet with group members etc.
  • Take home the assignment details for your parents to see and be sure to bring your assignment to the Barrie Public Library so that the library staff can help you gather your information resources.
  • Prepare for the topic. If your teacher gives you the option of choosing the topic or theme yourself, try to figure out as soon as possible what you would like to do. If you are studying animal habitats and you are able to pick which animal, then you may want to select an animal category that is not too broad such as bears (did you know there are dozens of varieties of bears!): perhaps you could select polar bears, Kodiak bears, or grizzly bears etc.
  • Start your project right away. Don’t wait until the last minute because you may not find the information you need or have enough time to do your best work. It’s better to do work a little bit each day on your project.
  • Make an outline for your project. You will need an introduction, the body (information and facts) and a conclusion. Ask yourself these questions: what should my topic cover?; what do I want to talk about?; what order does the information need to be in?; how much information do I need?
  • Use all types of sources when gathering information. You can use encyclopedias, books, magazine articles, online databases and the Internet. Write down all the information you need from your sources as you are reading. Make sure to use your own words and put the information in point form. Check out some of these awesome library resources
  • Prepare for the bibliography. Write down the bibliographic information for each item as you use it. This is so much easier than having to go back and remember what you used for your project.
  • Write a draft or rough copy of your assignment. Remember to follow the order of your outline.
  • Make sure you proofread. Have someone like your parent or older sibling read your draft copy to check for correct spelling and proper sentences.
  • Produce your final copy. Make sure that it is neat and doesn’t have any errors. Remember to make a bibliography if your teacher asked you to include this in your assignment.