Investigating Step 1:
Identifying a topic
Choose your topic as carefully as you would choose someone you wanted to date. Would you enjoy dating someone who was dull, annoying, or had totally different interests from you? Then why spend a few days, weeks, or even months with a topic you don't like - only to be graded on it?
Topics don't have feelings, but you do, so try to choose something that interests you. Even if your professor assigns you a topic, you can choose an aspect of that topic that interests you.