In the research stage, make notes about what you expect to happen, so that you can later compare your expectations with what actually did happen.
The experiment itself also forms part of the research and data-gathering stage for your science coursework; in the write-up stage, which we come onto shortly, you analyse and write up the results.
Never leave your coursework until the last minute, even if this is your normal approach to essays and it usually works for you.
Make sure you understand when the deadlines are, including time for submitting a first draft for comments from your teacher.
Coursework is arguably just as challenging as exams, just in different ways – and, given the fact that you have more time, much higher standards are expected of you in coursework than in exams.
Careful planning and research are needed for successful coursework, as well as strong data-gathering and essay-writing skills.
If there’s something you’ve been working on for the course so far that you’ve particularly enjoyed, you may be able to focus more on this as part of your coursework.
For science coursework, you’ll need to choose something to investigate that you can measure, change and control; it should be what’s called a ‘fair test’, meaning that you have to acknowledge all the controls you use in the experiment and why.
Its objectives vary from one subject to another, but there’s usually an emphasis on the student conducting independent research into a topic of their own choice.
Thus coursework often takes the form of some sort of investigation; it may, therefore, help to have your ‘detective’ hat on as you explore, investigate and analyse your topic.