Essay writing skills how to improve them What is academic writing? What’s expected?



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ESSAY WRITING SKILLS

  • How to improve them

What is academic writing? What’s expected?

  • Who is the audience?
  • What format is required – essay or report or reflection on experience?
  • Academic styles of writing– writing in a logical and `objective’ way vs writing from personal experience
  • Academic conventions – referencing and plagiarism

Stages in assignment writing

  • Preparation and planning
  • Drafting
  • Re-drafting and polishing
  • Editing and proofreading
  • Reflecting on feedback

What makes a good essay?

What makes a good essay?

Activity 1 Writing a draft essay from a plan

  • In pairs:
  • Using the mind map as an aid, write an introductory paragraph, a 2 or 3 paragraph main body, and a concluding paragraph.

 

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  • Essay Plan
  • ADVANTAGES: PERSONAL
  • Life experience
  • Transferable skills
  • Financial issues
  • Motivation
  • INTRODUCTION
  • Aims of essay
  • Definition of mature students
  • Context: wider factors
  • MATURE STUDENTS – DO THE ADVANTAGES OUTWEIGH THE DISADVANTAGES?
  • ADVANTAGES:
  • WIDER CONTEXT
  • Lifelong learning
  • Growing nos of
  • mature students
  • Diversity
  • DISADVANTAGES
  • Past experience
  • Family problems
  • Ageism
  • Financial issues
  • Lack of support
  • CONCLUSIONS
  • Summing up the
  • arguments on both sides

Assessing your work against an example essay.

  • Read essay and comment critically on the structure and organisation. In pairs, identify strengths and weaknesses.
      • Is there a clear introduction to guide the reader?
      • Are key concepts clearly communicated?
      • Does the writing progress/have a sense of direction?
      • Is there a clear and appropriate conclusion?

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