Step by step

Breaking down the work will make your project manageable

Hands-on projects need careful planning. You might be keen to jump right in, but slow down and take a little time to plan. It will pay off.

First, identify the steps of your project. There are common steps in all projects: background research, developing your idea, considering ethical and safety issues, agreeing your title, doing the work, writing up, evaluating your project, and presenting your work.

Within each step, break your work down into smaller tasks and identify people and resources you’ll need. For example, will you need to consult a subject specialist? Will you need lab space or equipment?

Agree some dates to hand in parts of your work to your supervisor for discussion. Their feedback will help you refine your project as you proceed.

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects’ in June 2015.

Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects
Education levels:
16–19, Independent research projects