Homework Writing Tips: Using a Case Study

Case study is a research method that can help you achieve some truly impressive results when used correctly. If you decide to implement this method in your work, you will need to choose a “case” that can be an event, a person or even a group of people and do a detailed study of the chosen object for a certain period of time.

The main benefit of the case study method is the fact that it allows you to get a profound understanding of the object of your research. Therefore, your paper will be detailed and thorough if you base it on this kind of study.

However, one should understand that not all topics will benefit from implementing this research method. This means that you will need to evaluate your topic first, and determine whether a detailed study of one real-life example will be sufficient to prove the point you want to make with your work. You will also need to take into account the fact that generalizing the results of work based on a case study can be very difficult, and completely impossible in some cases.

How Do You Study a Case?

    If you decide that case study is a perfect method for your work, this is how you should proceed with your research:

  • Determining research questions.
  • In order to succeed with your work, you will need to choose a question that is specific and isn’t particularly subjective.

    Bear in mind that the type of question will depend on what kind of case study you are planning to do: an instrumental, collective or intrinsic one.

  • Develop the strategy of your case study.
  • This will become an outline that will allow you to create a detailed paper on the subject. Be sure to analyze your case systematically in order to make it easier to incorporate the results of the study into your work.

  • Prepare questions and other necessary tools you’ll require to collect data.
  • When you need to interview some people in order to get the information for your case, you will need to ask them some specific questions. Try to make your questions detailed, so that they cannot be answered with simple yes or no.

  • Collect the data for a specified period of time.
  • Make detailed notes during the time frame you’ve set for your case.

  • Analyze the data you’ve collected.
  • This is the most difficult part of your work, but it’s also the most important one.

  • Write your case study.