How To Write An Academic Proposal From Scratch
There are a number of proven steps you can take when writing an academic proposal from scratch. Note the use of the word proven. People have been following these steps for generations. The steps are tried and tested. In a nutshell, they are as follows.
- it's a plan, a blueprint
- what is the purpose of your proposal?
- define or describe your proposal
- list the contents of your proposal
- create your conclusion
One can never say enough about the importance of creating a plan before you start to write your academic proposal. A useful adage to learn is ‘less haste, more speed’. The student who rushes to begin their writing without a proper plan, is far more likely to produce a substandard proposal and take much more time in reaching their goal.
What is the purpose of your proposal? There will be certain specific requirements as listed by your institution. You must know and follow all such requirements. The number of students who produce an academic proposal, which of itself is quite good, yet obtain a poor score because they have not followed the requirements, is sadly quite alarming. Read all of the instructions and then read them again. Follow them to the letter.
You must be able to accurately and succinctly describe your proposal. If you don't know what it is you intend to prove or propose or say, how in the world can anyone else understand your document?
As part of your plan or blueprint for your academic proposal, you need a list of the contents. Notate every single point you intend to make. Keep this list handy. It will form the backbone of your proposal. Make sure the points are in order of priority and that one leads to or supports another. The more you can link the contents of your proposal, the stronger it becomes. This is easily possible when you have both a plan and a list of contents before you begin the actual writing.
The conclusion is a synopsis or summary of all points you have made in your academic proposal. It needs to cover every point you have made yet with as few words as possible. The conclusion is important. It reinforces everything which has gone before and backs up the skill of your writing in the paragraphs beforehand. Because if you have followed a plan, know the contents of your proposal and have followed the requirements of your institution, the conclusion is the icing on the cake.