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Things to Consider While Choosing a Topic for Your Assignment

The first step to a successful academic assignment is the wise selection of topic. The topic of an assignment actually serves as the basis for research, content drafting and other steps that follow in the assignment writing process. Here are some tips for students to choose a compelling topic for their assignment. Read on.

How to Choose a Topic for Your Assignment

1. Brainstorm for Ideas

Start off by selecting a broad domain that’s relevant to the course and then think of all the associated ideas, theories and concepts related to it. For instance, you can choose a domain from current affairs, politics, health and medicine, technology, finance, humanities, social sciences or more creative ones such as music and arts.

Once you have decided the domain, brainstorm for ideas and concepts that fall within that domain and list them down. A smart approach is to select a domain of your interest. However, if you’re willing to take up the challenge, you can also try exploring some topics out of your comfort zone.

2. Do Some Background Research

Once you have brainstormed some ideas, do some background research and understand the context behind each. This contextual understanding will enable you to develop and hone each idea into a specific topic and will also help you identify how much information is available on each.

Encyclopaedias, online repositories, libraries, as well as the search engines can be a good source to conduct some context research on your shortlisted domains.

3. Discuss with Your Supervisor

Once you have narrowed down a few ideas or topics, reach out to your supervisor to seek their opinion on it. This is important so as to make sure that your assignments stay on track in the right direction, right from the start, and backed by your supervisor’s guidance.

A second opinion from the supervisor or even from a faculty member will help you tweak and fine-tune your idea and translate it into a specific, unique and compelling topic for the assignment.

4. Translate Your Topic into a Research Question

Now that you have finalised the topic you’ll be covering in your assignment and have your supervisor’s approval on it, it is time to translate it into a highly refined, and focused research question. For instance, if you plan on covering the impact of social media on people, a focused research question for that could be “What impact does the use of Facebook create on teenagers?”

5. Assess your topic on the 5 Ws

  • Why did you choose the topic?
  • Who are the stakeholders in the domain of your topic? Who would it cater to? Who is it likely to impact?
  • What major areas or aspects would the topic touch upon?
  • Where – the region (regional, county, state, federal, global) your assignment is focused at.
  • When – the time or era being covered in the assignment, as in ancient, contemporary or future.

So, there you have it – some tried and tested tips on choosing an excellent topic for your thesis. If you have anything to add, let us know in the comments section below.

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