You can write a traditional essay, or a blog post, or any form of writing which will get your ideas, research and evidence over to an audience effectively and with authority. An essay submission might also be useful practice for your A level or other assessments! You might be doing an EPQ in this area – your submission could draw on that research.
Think about some key skills:
- Think about the quality of your evidence. The judges will be looking for good use of quality evidence. Is your evidence from a reliable source? Have you incorporated the evidence into your argument appropriately? Have you looked at a range of evidence? You might find this website helpful for thinking about how you use evidence.
- Ensure you give a clear source for all of your material – if you’re not sure about referencing you might find this website helpful. The judges will be looing for clear citation of your sources.
- Ensure your writing is appropriate for the format, clear and accurate. If you are writing an academic essay you may find this website helpful. Much of the advice remains the same for a blog or magazine article, but there is some additional advice here on writing for blogs. The judges will be looking for engaging, appropriate and accurate writing.
- Think about your wider skills – how you will manage your time, take effective notes, and demonstrate your critical thinking skills. You might find this MOOC helpful – it covers all of these skills and more.
- If you’re doing a case study of a community make sure you have permission to use any material (like quotations from people you know) that isn’t available in public. You can find plenty of information about local religious communities, and their work during the pandemic, from their websites! The judges will be considering whether you have addressed any ethical challenges that your research might present. Research ethics is probably entirely new to you – if you want some insight into how University students engage with research ethics have a look at this MOOC.
And enjoy what you’re doing! We all write better when we’re excited, engaged and enthused by our topic.