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Essay Writing Learning Development Service nd 22 of October 2015 Leonie Maria Tanczer, MSc.Learning Development Service LDS Workshop Series th • Week 2 – 8 October 2015 Independent Study & Time Management th • Week 3 – 15 October 2015 Literature Search nd • Week 4 – 22 October 2015 Essay Writing th • Week 5 – 29 October 2015 Referencing th • Week 6 – 5 November 2015 Critical Reading and Writing th • Week 7 – 12 November 2015 Presentation Skills th • Week 8 – 19 November 2015 Literature Review th • Week 9 – 26 November 2015 Dissertation and PhD Proposal rd • Week 10 – 3 December 2015 Study Skills & Exam Preparation Learning Development Service Most of you …Learning Development Service What this workshop will cover: 8 Stages of Essay Writing 1. Understanding the question 2. Research for your essay 3. Reading skills 4. Forming an argument 5. Planning essay 6. Writing your essay (draft) 7. Edit 8. ProofreadThe EssentialsLearning Development ServiceLearning Development Service Essay = Opportunity • Helps you to organise your ideas on a given topic • You can deepen and broaden your subject- knowledge (beyond the material covered in the course) • You can explore a topic in detail • Helps you to develop your writing skills • You can engage with critical debates about your subject • Opportunity to start preparing for examsLearning Development Service What attracts good marks? • Lowest Marks• Better Marks – Weak structure– Good, logical structure – Missing thesis – Appropriate use of statement paragraphs – Shows little research– Evidence of comprehensive – Mostly descriptive background reading – Considers only one – Answers the question point of view – Develops an argument – Poor English Learning Development Service Essay Writing • Time needed for each stage, do not leave to last minute • What do you not feel confident about when writing essay writing? • Feedback indicates what you need to work on – Use feedback to help you improve (marks and comments) • Check at end of workshop if you have actions you can take to work on your essay writing skills8 Stages of Essay Writing 1. Understanding the question 2. Research for your essay 3. Reading skills 4. Forming an argument 5. Planning essay 6. Writing your essay (draft) 7. Edit 8. ProofreadLearning Development Service Understanding the Question • Read the question very carefully – underline the key words – These will tell you what the marker wants you to do and will require you to read and re-read the title • Keep the title in front of you as you research, plan and write • Feedback from lecturers “did not answer question”Learning Development Service Analysing the Question “In what ways might terrorism be distinguished from other forms of political violence?” (School of Politics, 2012-2013) Learning Development Service Analysing the Question “In what ways might terrorism be distinguished from other forms of political violence?” (School of Politics, 2012-2013) Learning Development ServiceLearning Development Service Understanding the Question • Can you say in your own words what the essay is asking you to do? • What other requirements have been specified – Submission date, word count, font size, covering page etc. – Marking criteria8 Stages of Essay Writing 1. Understanding the question 2. Research for your essay 3. Reading skills 4. Forming an argument 5. Planning essay 6. Writing your essay (draft) 7. Edit 8. ProofreadLearning Development Service Research for Your Essay • What do I know already? – Lecture notes, reading list i.e., module handbook • What do I need to find out? – Look at the key words / make a list • Where will I get the information? – Library, databases, web search • Where will I find appropriate sources? – Decide what information is relevant – Discard what you do not need – do not be tempted to quote from everything just to show that you have read widely Learning Development ServiceLearning Development Service Get Help • Subject Librarian: Where and what is appropriate material • Tutorials: Ask questions, get clarification • Module Handbooks: Reading lists • Lecturers: In in doubt email query or go to office hour • Learning Development Service: Referencing and critical reading • Peers: What are they doing, reading, writing?8 Stages of Essay Writing 1. Understanding the question 2. Research for your essay 3. Reading skills 4. Forming an argument 5. Planning essay 6. Writing your essay (draft) 7. Edit 8. Proofread