How To Write A Seminar Paper – A Practical And Actually Useful Guide

This will make your life easier. If you need to write a seminar paper and all you see is this big mass of work ahead, just take a minute’s time, read this, and you’ll see that it’s actually easier than you might think now. Also, your professors will probably not like what stands here, but, hey, they won’t notice if you apply it.

The Literature
Google a few books which cover your subject. Then go to the library and take the first one from the list. Don’t go in deep, just check if it’s really covering your subject. Then take the literature list from the book (usually in the last section) and get the books which stand there, but only take the ones which have your subject in the title (or as many as there are in the library). Don’t worry if some of them are not available. Go through the literature lists of these books again. Do this three or four times and write down the books which come up often. Those are the ones you are interested in. You will now have about twenty books. Now browse through those and sort the ones out which do, after all, not cover your subject that much. In the end, you should be left with around ten books. Good start. All this will take you two hours.

The structure
A research paper always has the same structure:

  • Introduction
  • Aim
  • Theoretical background
  • Research
  • Conclusion

Now take each one of these sections and make subsections. Go with a presumed structure. You will most probably change it again. The important thing is, break the whole paper down into sections which, in the end, will cover about a page or even half a page. Now you have slots and can start to fill them. It’s much easier, because you can concentrate on one thing at a time and you don’t need to have the whole paper in mind.

The Actual Writing
The introduction usually covers what you will do in the paper. Leave the introduction until the end of the work. Then write down what you have done but in a way which gives the impression that you have written this before you have actually done it. Don’t say what you are not going to do. This will become clear anyway. If you deliberately leave out a subject which you feel should be part of the paper, then this is the only case you should give reasons why you do it.

The aim covers what you want do in the paper. It’s good to start with this, because it doesn’t matter if you will actually fulfil what you aim for. If you won’t you will be allowed to say so. The aim will be something like “In this paper I want to…”

The theoretical background is the hardest part. Here you take the literature and tell the reader that you know what others have said about your subject before you.

The research connects the theoretical background with your aim. It’s a bit of work to, but you are actually quite free here.

The conclusion basically says the same thing the introduction does, but in past tense. You also reflect on what you have been able to prove and what not.

That’s about it.

Some Tipps and Tricks

  • The hardest part of all is getting started. Just do so. And don’t worry, if the first things you write are not the best. That is why it’s a good thing to start with the aim. Because it’s the easiest part.
  • Try to use a similar structure in each paragraph: introductory sentence, which says what you will do in this paragraph, the actual content, and a conclusion sentence, which says what you have done in the paragraph. Needs lots of space.
  • Make lots of titles and subtitles. They need lots of space. And: most professors care about line height and font size of the actual text, but not of the titles. And in addition, it will help you in structuring the actual writing.
  • If your paper is too short, browse for paragraphs of which the last line is almost complete. Fill in a word somewhere, and you’ll get an extra line. If you do this in the whole of the paper, you will be able to generate an extra page for each ten pages.

If you stick to these rules, you will be done in no time.

55 thoughts on “How To Write A Seminar Paper – A Practical And Actually Useful Guide

  1. Dear Sir/ Madam

    I am an agricultural economist student at the University Of Fort Hare given a topic which says “Causes of Changes in Agricultural Employment in South Africa” Your tips about writing a seminar I hope will help me because It is the first time to write a seminar paper.
    I am requesting you guys to assist me in writing this seminar.We will make arrangements depending upon your acceptance.

    • Hello Sir,
      Yes I hope that my tips will help you along in writing. I am certainly willing to further assist you, if you wish. Please do not hesitate with questions if you encounter any. Thanks for your comment!
      Best wishes for your work!

  2. This was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.

  3. This article made me feel like a seminar paper is like a piece of cake to write,hopefully it will be!!!

    Thanks for ure effort!!

  4. Am writing a seminar paper on”catagenesis of organic matter and formation of oil and gas”how do i go about it?i have gotten some materials but i dont know how to arrange it.its my first time.please help me.thank u.

  5. Hi Johnny, that’s perfectly ok. I don’t suggest that the titles must be like I noted them above. It’s more of a description related to content and structure. Sounds great, I wish you success!

  6. Dear Sir/ Madam

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am plant geneticist student at Moi University Kenya and writing seminar paper on “Prospects for breeding local Edible mushrooms in Kenya” Your tips about writing this seminar will help me because it is my first to write a seminar paper.
    Please help me.thank u.



  7. hi, this article really makes life easier for me because i will be having a seminar presentation in a months time at school but i don’t even know were to start from but now i think am inspired to start up something and i hope to be a success…thanks.

  8. Dear Michael,

    I owe you my gratitude for this tip on seminar format.

    What a privilege. I am eternally grateful to you.


  9. Thanks alot for these tips.
    I’ve actually started writing my semanar paper, but my supervisor said all were rubbish. I wish to go back to it and wish these tips will go a long way to better my seminar paper.

  10. Thanks. Am very greatful for the tips on seminar writing. You made me know i can make it. I hope to go a long way with this.

  11. pls help me how to start making a seminar paper on my topic, ” diet alone, exercise alone, or both,” for weight management, we’re instructed to use original journals and other text books, as our references but i don’t know how to start really…
    pls help,

  12. Hello sir/mam,
    i have to make seminar on VIRUS(computer)’ on Paper. I dont know what to write on this topic. Plz tell me the books and journals to which i refer to study and how to write. Plz tell me.

  13. Farai
    This is very useful thank you for the post, first time too wrting a paper on how effective manual handling training is in prevention/ reduction of back pain, thank you.

  14. Thank you very much for making this seminar paper. I am currently in the 8th grade and it’s my first time to make a seminar paper since it’s our project. I hope that this post would help everybody in making their seminar papers. ^-^

  15. Good tip, keep it up. I would appreciate if there are tips for proposal and post survey seminar. Although your tip is more of post survey seminar.

  16. Very interesting, this is my first time writing a seminar and am writing on THE ROLE OF ICT IN WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT. Thank for this guideline.

  17. Hello,
    I have to write a seminar about my town and everything about it, history, people, religion, ect. Can u please explain me more specifically what should i write.
    My best wishes

  18. I am Ishmael Udomah, a computer Science student of National Open University Of Nigeria, am writing a seminar on ‘Impacts of Internet Marketing on global Economy’ I know the idea I got from your write up will offer immence assistance to me. Thanks for your wonderful idea. God bless you. Amen.

  19. Hello,
    Sir,I am a student of NORTH LAKHIMPUR COLLEGE studying MATHEMATICS.I am writing a seminar paper on the topic “SHOULD ENGLISH BE REPLACED BY ASSAMESF AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN COLLEGES OF ASSAM?”.Your tips help me to write this.Thank a lot…

  20. hi, I am a student of Isabela State University..and i am writing a seminar paper on the topic GREENING OF THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY TOWARDS MANDATORY GREEN LABELLING. its my first time to write a seminar paper, i really dont know how to start..but i want to try because of your tips..its very helpful..thanks..

  21. Am actually writting a seminar paper on impact of food addiction on obesity. But I need a more concrete statement of problem. I would appreciate it if you look into this topic and give me a concrete statement of problem.

  22. Dear Sir,
    I am a Business Management student at Enugu State University of Science and Technology, (ESUT), writing a seminar paper on REPOSITIONING ORGANISATIONAL GROWTH THROUGH HUMAN CAPACITY AND GOOD MANAGEMENT

  23. I am a Business Management student of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, (ESUT) Enugu. Am writing for the first time ever, a seminar paper on “THE ROLE OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL HARMONY IN NIGERIAN ORGANIZATIONS” Please I need your
    help on how to go about it.

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