July 12, 2013

A3 – Academic Writing – Follow–up 2

Follow-up to A3 – Academic Writing – Follow–up from Sean's blog

A3 – Academic Writing – Follow-up 2

Workshop Tutor: Dr Laura Davies

Date: 6th July 2013

Since the workshop I have been very mindful of the audience who are marking my papers and assignments. With this in mind, I was sure to study materials written by my lecturers, seminar tutors and any external marker’s works. My examination technique has clearly improved since last year having gone from a mere pass to achieving an overall 2.1 degree classification. Previously, I would barely plan at all under examination conditions as I ignorantly felt that this would take up too much time. I felt much more comfortable with a structured approach to planning before writing which meant that one paragraph could flow into the next.

However, I still felt that my time allocation between questions was poorly set out which let me down overall. A part of this could be because I had a gap between my 2nd and final year alongside a lack of practice on examination technique and timed essay writing meant that I could not apply my knowledge and understanding of the course within the fixed timeframe. In future, I will tackle previous exam questions under timed conditions as oppose to just writing out answer notes so that I feel more prepared and comfortable when sitting the actual exam.

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  1. Hi Sean,

    Another very honest set of reflections. I think you should feel pleased with the changes you’ve made, but you’re right that practice is crucial and will probably have made a difference. It’s wise to plan to do practice timed questions in future. But more than this it’s clear that you’ve really learnt what planning can do, and how much it can improve the quality of your thinking and writing. As you move forward this is definitely something to keep in mind.

    For the WSPA, it would be great if you could write one final overall blog which reviews where you are now, versus where you were at the start of this process.


    14 Jul 2013, 18:16

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