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March 15, 2013
The academic writing workshop has met its aims!
Once I have applied the tips I have learnt during this workshop in one of my essays, I was rewarded by the mark my essay got! Therefore, since I now have two essays to hand in in a month’s time, I should work in the same way as I did with my last essay.
Firstly, do an adequate research so that I can approach the topic easily. Then, get all the information together in order to separate the useful materials and the unnecessary information. Consequently, plan your essays in a clear way so that the reader can see that you have fully understood the question.
Having in mind the above basic steps, I will do my best to write a “good” academic essay. In my opinion, if I had not attended this workshop in the first term then I would not be able to put things in order and get the desired marks. During the workshop I have learnt various methods which were new to me( such as quoting a quote, or breaking down the title to single words which helps in providing a better understanding of the topic) and this helped me in understanding how I could improve previous essays or homework in general. I would therefore, strongly recommend this workshop to other students who are aiming for a better result or who are willing to learn something more in order to improve their writing skills.
February 07, 2013
Yesterday I received my 2500 word essay back and I was really pleased with the mark I got.
The workshop helped me a lot regarding this essay. First of all, as discussed previously, I was confused once I first got the title of the essay. However, when I divided it into pieces I managed to produce a good piece of work. I had firstly researched the topic a lot and then came up with my own views, being able to support any statement mentioned in the essay.
The notes I made were quite clear,specyfing the main points and indicating important information such as: the title of the book, the publisher,the place of pubblication, the author etc. and thus it was easier for me to write the essay. All the information was printed and I could clearly see which pieces were relavant or not to my essay.
My quotations were correct and the way I referenced them and the use of footnotes, was correct as well. In addition, the feedback I got stated that my bibliography was really good and this is another aspect the workshop helped me with, referencing.
My writing skills have been improved and now I am more confident in writing essays.
January 23, 2013
Two weeks ago I handed in an essay of 2500 words and I would like to comment on the way the workshop helped me with it.
Once I got the essay title I was really worried because I did not understand what I was supposed to write about. However, I have followed the instructions given during the workshop, for instance to break down the question into single words and look "behind" each word. I had then thought of what the lecturer wanted me to write about and finally I came up with a quite clear plan.
While planning the essay I was really organised. I firstly got out most of the books which were outlined on the website for the certain module and then I started reading the parts I thought were important and made notes.
I had my points all written down (specifying any quotations and the book by which I got the information from) and I had printed all the information I got from the Internet, which made it easier for me when I started writing the essay. I had all the research I did on the table and I just had to choose the parts which were relevant to my essay.
The bibliography and referencing was much more easier for me to do this time, although it took me a while to put everything down! However, I thought that the workshop did really good job according to this aspect since I felt more confident while doing it.
In addition, when I finished my essay, I was over the word limit so I had to cut pieces down. At first, I found it really difficult because I thought that if certain sentences were taking out of my essay then it wouldn't make sense. But, in the end I managed to paraphrase lots of sentences so that I had less words and pieces which I thought weren't as relevant as they should regarding my essay title, were put as footnotes. This helped me in reducing the words and presenting a more organised essay.
Once my essay, I was over the word limit so I had to cut pieces down. At first, I found it really difficult because I thought that if certain sentences were taking out of my essay then it wouldn't make sense. But, in the end I managed to paraphrase lots of sentences so that I had less words and pieces which I thouht weren't as relevant as they should regarding my essay title, were put as footnotes. This helped me in reducing the words and presenting a more organised essay.
Once my essay was done, I felt more confident and sure about my work. I think my writing has been improved.
Therefore, in my opinion this workshop is really useful and worth it. I gained a lot from it!
November 11, 2012
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On Thursday the 25th of October I have attended the Workshop of Academing Writing for Arts and Social Sciences, thus I would like to talk about it.
Since I am an international student, I thought that a help with writing my essays would be essential. Studying Italian Single Honours I also have to write essays in Italian too. Therefore, I found the Workshop really useful.
It gave us a better understanding on how to write an academic essay, what it is expected and also the best way of approaching an essay title. For example, the difference between an essay title which says "Examine...." and another which says "Analyse..." etc.
The workshop also focused on the quotations and on the way we should paraphrase or summary a quatation. In addition to that, a word was also said regarding referencing. Furthermore, word limit was also a fact which came up in the workshop. Personally, I always get my self in the situation of over word limit when it comes to writing an essay. The way in which Laura Davies advised us to revise our essay, was really helpful.
In other words, I found the above workshop essentially useful and I hope that my essay grades will improve if I apply, if not all, the most of the advices given through those 3 hours. I would strongly reccomend other students who are facing problems writing essay or who just want to improve their marks to attend such a workshop!