Unless I'm mistaken, this is my third entry under "Intro to Academic Writing...." I haven't updated my blogs for quite a while, due having a very busy and stressful time around Christmas...
Since my last blog, I have been given my unassessed essay back, and have handed in an assessed essay for a different module. Sadly the former, did not get a very good mark, the reasoning as to why was sound however and I hope to take on board my lecturer's advice. I approached the essay in the wrong manner - writing it in English and then trying to convert this to German. In doing so, it did not flow very well in German and was rather confusing. Should a similar task ever come up, I plan to look up and use set German essay phrases, and ask one of my german online friends to read through it beforehand.
In regards to my assessed essay I tried to incorporate things I had learned in the writing seminars and critical thinking classes that I had attended. In hindsight, I wish I had given myself more time for the essay, because I would have been able to rephrase the whole essay to make it flow better, structured it in a sophisticated manner and would have been able to think up a decent conclusion.
One thing I would like to know however, is how do you structure a commentary? I feel this is different from an essay question, as it was difficult to find a direction for the essay; it seemed like my essay was a merely prose of observations and ramblings. Are there any writing seminars that focus on commentaries in particular? If not I feel this would be really useful to many students.