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Study Skills Presentation - C3College Degree Program

  1. 1. + Essay Skills Prescription for Success. Dee Teal BTh Tutor Southern Cross College Oxford Falls Campus - 2008
  2. 2. + Overview Doing the Groundwork  Time Management  Plan Ahead  Getting to Grips with the Essay  Reading the Question  Choosing your Topic  The Different Kinds of Academic Essays 
  3. 3. + Overview Doing the Groundwork for your chosen work  Planning  Research  Academic Resources  Literary Resources  Online Resources 
  4. 4. + Overview continued. Solid Foundation.  Competent Note-taking and referencing.  Index Cards  Journaling  Color Coding and Highlighting  Mind-mapping  Planning the Essay Structure  Re-Reading the Question  Structuring the Basis for Your Answer. 
  5. 5. + Overview continued. Building the Structure  Re-Reading the Question  Consolidating your Answer - Break it down.  Articulating your thoughts (what you Think is What the Marker wants to know.)  Structuring your Essay  Drafting  Re-Drafting  Roofing & Flooring  Introducing the premise of your essay  Concluding and wrapping up what you learned.  Writing an Abstract 
  6. 6. + Overview continued. Wallpaper & Carpet  SPELLING  English spelling NOT American – set your dictionary in Word  Spell Check. TWICE.  Proof  GRAMMAR  3rd Party Proofing.  Furniture  Easy Marks through correct Formatting  Handing in on time. 
  7. 7. + Time Management Seriously. Plan that Sucker.
  8. 8. + Time Management Timeline your Essay  Get in Early  Research and Note Taking  Structure and Writing  Proofing.  Submitting. 
  9. 9. + The Essay
  10. 10. + Choosing Your Topic If you are offered a choice  Pick the one that sits best with you.  Stick With It.  If in doubt about what’s required ASK for clarification 
  11. 11. + The Question Interpret the question fully before beginning  If in doubt – ASK for clarification  Rewrite the question in plain English if it helps 
  12. 12. + account for explain (reason) analyse examine closely, examine in parts, show how the parts contribute to the whole argue present a case for and/or against assess decide the value of, judge, measure the importance of compare discuss two or more things in terms of their similarities and differences critically evaluate weigh arguments for and againstsomething, assessing all evidence. Decide which opinions, theories, models or items are preferable. define explain, give full meaning(s), make clear what is meant by, use definition/s to explore the concept of describe give a detailed account of the features of something without interpreting the information discuss present and give a judgment on the value of arguments for and against, consider all angle distinguish bring out the differences between two possibly confusable items
  13. 13. + enumerate an item-by-item account, such as all the steps in a process evaluate judge, criticise in terms of impact/significance, and investigate the implications examine make clear the details/meaning of, look in particularat reasons causes and effects, account for, give reasons, justify explore describe in detail, and note impact illustrate use examples to show a concept indicate focus on specific areas (similar to illustrate) interpret make clear the meaning of, consider implications narrate concentrate on saying what happened, telling a story outline describe main features, a broad but thorough account, identify briefly the main features of prove show by logical argument relate show similarities and connections between two or more things review describe chief features, criticise generally (important parts) to what extent consider how far something is true or not true, consider howfar something contributes to a final outcome trace identify and describe the development or history of
  14. 14. + Doing the Groundwork Academic Resources
  15. 15. + Where to get Your Research Libraries  Oxford Falls Library  AlphacrucisLibrary  State Library of NSW  Internet  Academic Sources IMPORTANT  Internet Archive (  iTunes U (via iTunes store)  Google Scholar ( 
  16. 16. + Organising Found Research Work Efficiently  Photocopy Relevant Pages – watch copyright   Copy front page and publication info for referencing  Keep copied documents filed and collated. Notes  Note page numbers and references  Keep them ordered. Either by Subject or by Source.  Colour-code - PostIts/Highlighters/ Coloured sticky-tabs  Mind Mapping – Free Mind  Index Cards – organized according to Subject or Source  Hanging Files – Ongoing Research  Bookmarking – Foxmarks/ 
  17. 17. + BibMe – Referencing Easily
  18. 18. + iTunesU– The World’s Best University’s Lectures
  19. 19. +– Multi Media and Open Source Files
  20. 20. +– Multi Media
  21. 21. + Google Scholar Search Journals and Academic Books
  22. 22. + Bookmarking History Research Tools
  23. 23. + Writing the Essay Structure Writing
  24. 24. + Structure your Essay Break Down the essay into easy bites  10% Introduction  In a 1000 word essay this equates to: 80% Body  10% Conclusion  Intro – 100 words Break Down the Body even further  Body - 33%Main Idea 1  Each Main Idea Supporting Information  265 words 33%Main Idea 2  Conclusion – 100 words Supporting Information  33%Main Idea 3  Doesn’t that seem so much more bearable?? Supporting Information 
  25. 25. + Writing the Essay Stick to the structure  Know your research and notes  Know where you’re going.  If you process your thoughts by writing do so but don’t consider  it your final draft. If English is your second language don’t be ashamed to ask for  help. Write the introduction and conclusion only when you are clear  on the question and how you’ve answered it.
  26. 26. + Writing the Essay Footnotes Track your References and Footnotes as you go to make  finishing easier. Footnotes – are references referred to directly in your text. If you  have cause to write “many people say Drugs are good for you” You MUST back it up with a reference, or else it begs the question “Who are the many people?” Also used when quoting someone directly.  See Handbook for correct formatting page 36. 
  27. 27. + Writing the Essay References Use useful online helps like but make sure your  output is formatted as required byAlphacrucis. Reference as you go. For every book you use note down the  relevant details, whenever you grab a book/journal/webpage or other resource note the details. Do not include the Dictionary in your references. Markers can  spot padding a mile away. Use good quality academic reference materials. Don’t be  afraid to use other media, just reference it correctly.
  28. 28. + Formatting Easy Marks
  29. 29. + AlphacrucisCourse Handbook Read it.  Relevant Pages 21 - 24 
  30. 30. + Formatting Font – Serif Fonts for Printed Work PLEASE. You don’t get  marks for pretty, you get marks for easy to read. Fonts  Times New Roman  Book Antigua etc. Line Spacing  Not 1 Line 1.5 Please.
  31. 31. + Margins This is Important  Approximately 2.5cm on the left hand side and 3.5 on the right  – this leaves room for marker’s feedback. This is a little bit of testing text… Where I rabbit on and on until you get well fed up with all the nonsense I’m spouting… This is a bit more text – you could call it a 2nd paragraph even.
  32. 32. + Title Page
  33. 33. + Abstract All essays (except Book Reviews) require an abstract.  Length = No More Than 10% of the Word Limit  Is a statement of the method used in answering the questions  and the conclusions reached in that method. Differs from the Introduction as the intro poses the initial  question and states the student’s intent. The abstract sums up the whole document.
  34. 34. + Useful Tips
  35. 35. + Insider Tricks Know what you’re being marked on and bear it in mind when  writing your essay (it’s on the back of your assignment cover sheet... Get the coversheet before you go to hand it in!) Make good use of the internet for research tools and resources.  If in doubt about a question or definition try Google. You might  get a quicker answer than waiting for your tutor. Get a 3rd party to proof your essay (Pam does!) you get so  used to seeing what you want to see and mistakes slip through easily. ESPECIALLY if you’re writing tired.