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The Problem In The Research

The abstract sells your research ideas so once it is accepted for the conference it goes into the conference abstract book and conference goers will make the decision on whether or not to attend your presentation from what you have written and what they can see in the abstract book so of course it’s quite an important document so just some general tips on writing abstracts pay attention to the abstract specifications whatever you are asked to do do that so adhere to the word length if they ask for 500 words don’t write 501 words check you know the fonts and all the other specifications make sure that you have adhered to that if the conference will call for proposals has a theme or a specific call you need to respond to that something that’s very important is that abstracts are usually written in the past tense the study was conducted or in the present tense the study is being conducted and but it’s not really written in the future tense I will conduct the study and this is something that’s quite it’s you have to get your head around this. Learn how to sell your paper at Edusson.

Because in many cases you are writing the abstract before you conduct the study so it makes intuitive sense to say I will be Anna the data like this but the conference organizers are reading it as if you have already finished the work so it needs to be in the past tense I hope I’ve made that clear try to make your abstract interesting as with all writing the more deadly dull and boring it is the less likely you are to get readers or conference goers to attend to what you do the more interesting it is the more you are able to make what you’re doing sound important and accessible the better response you’re going to get we all work in very specialized fields we all have lots of specialized jargon and language that we use and and what I’m suggesting is that in the abstract you you try to cut back on that language and try and make your abstract as accessible as possible mostly because it is there to help you attract readers so use short sentences rather than long sentences don’t use acronyms or abbreviations unless they are absolutely necessary limit the jargon or specialized language okay.

Now we’re moving on to what goes into an abstract and if you’ve seen any of my other presentations before you will be familiar with some of this which I’ve taken from Sharon Merriam ok so the first thing that goes into an abstract is a statement of the problem you could even use the sentence the problem here is when you are starting to identify the problem and you’re not sure in the beginning stages so you’re looking for a sentence or two that identifies the problem the problem is very important in research because it provides the the real-world rationale it answers the so what question why do we why do I have to listen to this research why do I have to read it.