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Current Video: Choosing a Topic

Your report topic is important! You want to be sure you're selecting a topic that fits the subject matter or guidelines provided. It's best to choose something that interests you. Listen to Chelsea as she shares more tips about this step.

Video Transcript

>> CHELSEA: Choosing your topic is kind of a big deal. I mean, it's the basis for your whole project. You can't really do a project if you don't have a topic, right? Well, I guess you could, but it would be all over the place. I wouldn't recommend it. So, in short, your topic is important. How should you pick it? For some subjects, like History or English, your teacher has probably given you a few guidelines, and they may have even assigned a topic to you. If you're doing a science project, our friends over at Science Buddies have given us a handy tool, the Topic Selection Wizard. Just fill in the info they ask for and they'll generate a whole list of project topic ideas tailored specifically to your interest. If you don't see anything that you like on the list, you can browse the entire project ideas index, and if you have a specific idea in mind but aren't sure where to take it, you can search the library too. The most important thing for any subject is to find the topic that interests you. Not only will it make your research more interesting and fun, but it will make your entire presentation better because you'll be genuinely into what you're talking about.

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