Five Ways to Smash your ECA Hastings, 11 th  September
 
1 Answer the question
Question Time <ul><li>What is the question? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are the boundaries? </li></ul><ul><li>What is out of s...
Build a strong argument
Simple
Complex
Show that you a understand the course material
Critical Thinking <ul><li>Critical thinking means not papering over the cracks. </li></ul><ul><li>Interrogate your sources...
2 Structure your answer
The Plan
In a throng of ideas?
Going round in circles ? Going round in circles?
Structure beginning middle end
3 Illustrate your points
Choose your examples with care
A 99 example? <ul><li>Is it the best example there is? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it make your point? </li></ul><ul><li>Does i...
4 Reference your work
Reference: <ul><li>Every time you quote </li></ul><ul><li>Every time you paraphrase </li></ul><ul><li>Whenever you have us...
How to reference: in text <ul><li>(Author, date, page), e.g. (Brunton, 2008, p.34). </li></ul><ul><li>More than one page i...
How to reference: bibliography <ul><li>Author of chapter, (date), ‘title of chapter’, in Name of editor,  Title of Book , ...
5 Submission
Are you really there yet?
Acceptable Formats <ul><li>.doc </li></ul><ul><li>.wri </li></ul><ul><li>.rtf </li></ul><ul><li>.txt </li></ul><ul><li>.wp...
Unacceptable formats <ul><li>Everything that isn’t on the acceptable formats list. </li></ul>
Save as Word 97-2003
Your ECA is late after: <ul><li>12 noon  </li></ul><ul><li>1 st  October, 2010 </li></ul>
 
Jennie Osborn <ul><li>www.open.ac.uk </li></ul>
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  • Answer the question. What is the question? Put it in your own words.
  • Before you get to the answer – you need to be sure that you know what the question is. To analyse the title, underline key words. Write it out in your own words, ensure that you absolutely know what you are being asked to do. Identify the boundaries of your question – what is in scope, what is out of scope, what is relevant and irrelevant
  • The only reason you need to have a plan is so that you know what you are talking about. How you do your plan is entirely up to you. You might need to pretty much write the whole thing before you know what your argument is. You might use a mind map, or write a linear plan, or something in between. If you think that its all in your head, please try to get it out of your head in some way before you start writing.
  • Have you answered the question?
  • Five ways to smash your eca

    1. 1. Five Ways to Smash your ECA Hastings, 11 th September
    2. 3. 1 Answer the question
    3. 4. Question Time <ul><li>What is the question? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are the boundaries? </li></ul><ul><li>What is out of scope? </li></ul><ul><li>What is relevant? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you need to start? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you take as read? </li></ul>
    4. 5. Build a strong argument
    5. 6. Simple
    6. 7. Complex
    7. 8. Show that you a understand the course material
    8. 9. Critical Thinking <ul><li>Critical thinking means not papering over the cracks. </li></ul><ul><li>Interrogate your sources </li></ul><ul><li>Find any contradictions </li></ul><ul><li>Explore any potential counter-arguments (which you may or may not be able to refute) ‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate complexity – don't ignore it </li></ul><ul><li>Don't expect to provide resolution </li></ul>
    9. 10. 2 Structure your answer
    10. 11. The Plan
    11. 12. In a throng of ideas?
    12. 13. Going round in circles ? Going round in circles?
    13. 14. Structure beginning middle end
    14. 15. 3 Illustrate your points
    15. 16. Choose your examples with care
    16. 17. A 99 example? <ul><li>Is it the best example there is? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it make your point? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it fit with the big picture? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you interrogated it? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you analysed it fully? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it present any contradictions? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you explored these? </li></ul>
    17. 18. 4 Reference your work
    18. 19. Reference: <ul><li>Every time you quote </li></ul><ul><li>Every time you paraphrase </li></ul><ul><li>Whenever you have used ideas that did not originate in your head. </li></ul>
    19. 20. How to reference: in text <ul><li>(Author, date, page), e.g. (Brunton, 2008, p.34). </li></ul><ul><li>More than one page is pp. 34-36. </li></ul><ul><li>Get this right. </li></ul><ul><li>It isn’t hard. </li></ul><ul><li>If in doubt check the Assignment booklet </li></ul><ul><li>Do not guess. </li></ul><ul><li>It will not be OK. </li></ul><ul><li>It does really matter. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t make it up. </li></ul>
    20. 21. How to reference: bibliography <ul><li>Author of chapter, (date), ‘title of chapter’, in Name of editor, Title of Book , place of publication, publisher, pages of whole chapter. </li></ul><ul><li>Chant, C. (2008) ‘Technology and the Seaside: Blackpool and Benidorm’, in Brunton (ed.) Place and Leisure (AA100 Book 4), Milton Keynes, The Open University, pp.. </li></ul>
    21. 22. 5 Submission
    22. 23. Are you really there yet?
    23. 24. Acceptable Formats <ul><li>.doc </li></ul><ul><li>.wri </li></ul><ul><li>.rtf </li></ul><ul><li>.txt </li></ul><ul><li>.wpd </li></ul>
    24. 25. Unacceptable formats <ul><li>Everything that isn’t on the acceptable formats list. </li></ul>
    25. 26. Save as Word 97-2003
    26. 27. Your ECA is late after: <ul><li>12 noon </li></ul><ul><li>1 st October, 2010 </li></ul>
    27. 29. Jennie Osborn <ul><li>www.open.ac.uk </li></ul>

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