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10 steps becoming an academic writer

  1. 1. Becoming an academic writer 10 steps to assignment success
  2. 2. Step OnePrepare to research Open a research folder – old envelope, file, smart new briefcase… Be prepared to put notes from lectures, seminars & reading in folder
  3. 3. What is being asked?Know the format:  Write out the whole question Essay  Underline all the key Report words. Presentation  Look at the asking words – describe, Seminar? analyse, evaluate, discussIf in doubt – ask your  Any other key words? tutor Like “using examples” or “illustrate with…”
  4. 4. Then: Analyse the question – all of it Have the overview – and fit the task to the learning outcomes  these will be in the module booklet or available from module line via the university web site Be creative – use creative brainstorming and notemaking strategies  Don’t know how? Go to a Learning Development Unit workshop and find out - also  http:learning.unl.ac.uk/bssmquickstart
  5. 5. Action Plan Tip: research one word from theWhy? question at a time Where? When?What?
  6. 6. Step TwoFollow the action plan –undertake targeted research and active reading Make pattern notes Write on one side of the paper only Build paragraph patterns Put notes in folder – write bibliography on the outside
  7. 7. Tip: index cards Index cards are useful – and will save time writing up a bibliography at the end  Author  Date  Title  Publisher  Place of publication  A few key points
  8. 8. Step Three – stop! Stop reading Review your findings Re–read the question What gaps are there is your research?
  9. 9. Step Four Plan the outline of essay, report, presentation, whatever……. Use a study skills book to give you some ideas or collect a hand out from the Learning Development Unit Or self register on webCT for the online Writing and Communication workshop  See the IT helpdesk if you need assistance to create a webCT account
  10. 10. Step Five Prepare the first draft…. A rough draft has gaps and mistakes Leave gaps – do not search for the right word – do not check spelling, tenses, (not this time)
  11. 11. Step Six Leave a time lag: the brain will work to close the gaps… How about a night out? Your action plan should leave you some time to enjoy yourself…..
  12. 12. Step Seven  Review  Revise  Edit  Struggle to write!  Settle on a final draft
  13. 13. Step Eight Get a friend, Proof read colleague,Look for one type of to read over mistake at a time your work, or read it Think SPAG from back to front, Spelling bottom to top Punctuation to spot errors And Grammar
  14. 14. Step Nine  Finished!  Take a copy AND keep a copy  Hand work in or before the deadline  Check you have correctly completed the coursework documentation (module code, tutors name)  Leave time to queue at the assessment unit and get a receipt
  15. 15. Step TEN and mostimportant!Review your progress Tutor feedback – read it, review it, plan what you will do with it! SWOT – then see a learning development tutor! Ask if you can swap and read other peoples work
  16. 16. Useful web siteshttp://www.londonmet.ac.uk/college-of-london/ldu/north- http://learning.unl.ac.uk/bssmquickstart WebCT: Writing & communicating at university WebCT: Write to learn