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Conclusion - A Systematic Approach.

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A professional approach

Use a system

When professionals do their work they generally have a rigid set of steps that they go through to do the job well. An airplane pilot goes through a set of steps before take-off. A lawyer goes through a series of steps when analyzing a client’s problem and proposing a solution.

When you write your report or essay you need to go through a set of steps.

We recommend setting up a systematic approach to your assignments.

Write out all the steps you need to go through for each report or essay. For example:

1. Get a copy of the marking guide.

Does the marking guide match the requirements as listed in the assignment guide? If not, clarify this with your teacher.

If a marking guide is not given to students for this subject, go through the assignment question with your teacher to ensure you have a very clear idea of what is required to get a great mark for every question and sub-question.

2. Map out the Subject.

Which theories will be relevant to this assignment?

3. Dissect the Question.

This helps you list out clearly the questions and the sub-questions. The mind-map also helps you work out the things you will write about for each question and sub-question.

4. Build the Skeleton.

Set up the structure of your essay. This means write out the headings and sub-headings. Don’t forget to include what is needed from the general requirements.

5. Work out which theories or frameworks you need to use to answer the different parts of the questions.

6. Work out the weighting of marks attached to each question and sub-question.

7. Divide up the word count in proportion to the weighting.

8. Do your research.

9. Start writing.

10. Use the appropriate theory or framework to analyze the information for question or sub-question.

11. After writing 10% of each section, do a Crap-test. How often should you do this?

12. Once you finished the essay go back and check:

Read the question to make sure you have answered all the sub-questions.

Is there enough Density of Evidence?

Have you provided enough Quantitative information?

It is very important to not rush into writing too fast. This can mean you have not first built a strong foundation. Your assignment may then be missing things and this will lose marks.

Often when painting a house a great deal of the work (sometimes most of the work) goes into first preparing the surfaces. When the painting does then start it can be done quickly and will look great.

If you set up the foundation of your assignment well you will find that when you then start writing you can write faster and get a better mark.

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