Getting Started

The First Steps

Understand your assignment. Make sure that you have understood what your assignment is and what your teacher/supervisor expects from you. If you are uncertain: ask. It is always a bummer to put a lot of work into an assignment only to realize that you misunderstood it.

Get an overview. Use encyclopaedias, review articles and relevant book chapters to get a superficial overview of your topic. Find and understand basic concepts.

Talk and discuss. When you have obtained a general overview of your topic, you can start discussing it with others. Discussing your assignment or topic can be a nice way to increase your understanding and get some ideas on how to continue your work.