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December 16, 2011

First Entry on Introduction to Academic Writing at Masters Level

Tutor: Laura Davies

The workshop was primarily for those Postgraduate Students who had not had any British Education Academic Writing experience, including myself.

At first, after introducing the stages of academic writing, the tutor explained the approach that should be taken in every academic analysis (critical and evaluative) as well as demonstrated the typology of questions in academic essays.

Moreover, she gave us step-by-step tips on how the widely accepted 'correct' way to conduct academic written analysis is (Brainstorming, structure of writing, introduction, paragraphs, conclusion). A few evaluating exercises falicitated our further understanding.

Furthermore, she defined many often confused terms, such as quotations, citations, paraphrasing and plagiarism. Her advice on style, language and terminology that we should prefer or avoid turned out to be extremely valuable.

I am overall very happy with what I have gained from this workshop as the information I received, respond perfectly to my needs.

ACTION POINTS:

1. Having almost finished my assignment, I will initially apply the tips that the tutor has given us on the vocabulary that should be avoided; in specific, I intend to replace the word 'interesting' because it seems quite informal.

2. I will re-read my conclusion and make necessary changes according to what I have learnt (i.e. giving a wider perspective to what has been argued)

3. I will stick to the same structured procedure of academic writing as it seems to me safe, logical and less stressful.


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