Are you having a hard time expanding your research paper?
Do you need more words or pages to meet the requirement?
In this video I’ll teach you a sneaky but legitimate and very effective technique to add two paragraphs of quality material to your paper. AND you can repeat the technique over and over to expand your paper as much as you want. Ready? Here it is. I call it the Counterargument technique, and it has three easy steps.
The Counterargument Technique
Step 1: Pick a spot in your paper where you or one of the authors you’ve used as a source could disagree with a point. Now, it shouldn’t be your main point. Choose one statement in your paper that sounds like someone could challenge it.
For example, you could be writing a paper on human psychology, and one of the points you make is that people almost never change. This statement sounds like someone out there – you or another author – could challenge it.
Once you’ve picked the statement, and it could be anywhere in your paper – now you’re ready for…
Step 2: Challenge this statement. You could write something like, “Some authors disagree with this assumption. They claim that…” And then you explain what they claim.
This could be your own argument that you can support with your own evidence. Or, it could be one or two of the authors that you have already researched. Or, you could go out there and find just one article in which the author presents an argument contrary to the statement you chose.
Don’t worry – again, the whole source doesn’t have to challenge the statement. If only a small part of it contains contradictory material – you have just found your challenge. And now you’re ready for…
Step 3. In this step you challenge the challenge. When you do this, you provide even stronger support for your original statement.
For example, it can go something like this:
“People almost never change.” That’s the original statement.
“Well, some authors seem to disagree with this view.” And that is the challenge, right? And now comes the answer to the challenge:
“However, these authors that challenge this statement are mistaken because…” And you provide the reason or reasons you believe the challenge does not hold water. See how this works?
Your Counterargument Has 2 Parts:
The Challenge and the Challenge Against the Challenge – paragraph one and paragraph two.
When you do it like I just described, in effect you are not contradicting yourself, but instead you are actually strengthening your argument because you allow that some people may disagree with it, but their argument is weak for the reasons that you provide. Got it?
Watch the video a couple more times, and you’ll get it. Once you become familiar with the Counterargument technique you’ll keep using it forever.
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