Introduction to essay writing.

  • Writing skills are essential today in this media saturated society we live in.
  • Need to integrate writing in the way we work and support it.
  • Let the reader know what they’re going to read before they begin – a ‘signpost’. Marks out territory of what you’re going to be discussing.
  • Analyse the title – write down in your own words what you think the essay title/assignment is asking you to do. What do you already know about this subject? Where has that information come from? What do you need to know about the subject in order to complete the essay/assignment?
  • Following this gather information.
  • Sources of information – books, book chapters, personal correspondence, articles, lectures, forums, reports, internet sources, online journals.
  • Essay structure traditionally follows rules of story telling – beginning, middle and end. The beginning should include what you’re going to explore and look at, body includes evidence that supports your argument and the end rounds off the essay and should refer back to the question.
  • Don’t introduce new information in the conclusion.
  • Helpful to write a summary of what to do.
  • Rough guide: introduction – what am I going to discuss in this essay (200/300 words), body  – what points am I making (approx. 1600 words, make 3 main points around 500 words) and conclusion – summarise how the above points have helped support your argument? (200/300 words).
  • Support your reading, identify what you need to know, now think about your reading.
  • Get a feeling for your text, re read and underline if it maybe useful for your essay. Make notes on what you are reading. Think about what question you are answering and if it will prove or disapprove your writing. If it refers to another writing, make a note and look it up.
  • Know who you are quoting and discussing, and where it has come from. Reference other people’s ideas.
  • Use different ways to introduce your sources.
  • There is more than one way to structure an essay. Decide how you are going to answer the question and discuss. Formative feedback is more helpful than summative feedback.
  • Have a plan.
  • Make fewer points, but be more thorough.
  • Good connecting words to help link your writing cohesively.
  • Shift your perspective from the personal to the academic.
  • Find concrete facts to support your argument.
  • Which ideas will help you make your point? Not all ideas will be included in the essay.
  • Should not just be descriptive.
  • Don’t make the same point with different examples.
  • Get your ideas out quickly, then put together.
  • Clarity in writing is better than complicated sentence structure.
  • Leave time to proof read – print out and make notes. Get someone to proof read it for you. Check your grammar sentence structure.
  • Check your references are correct.

~ by victoriasimkissphotography on October 7, 2013.

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