The patchwork writer see Figure

When I write I try to get down some headings that seem to relate to the question. At least they give me an idea of what topics and divisions my writing will have. But I am not yet sure exactly if I have an argument. I start to write what I can under these headings and as I go I am trying to find a way of making these fit together. When I have got my first draft like this I will go back and put in bits that will show the links between the different parts. I may have to move around some material....

Using written feedback

If your assignment is returned to you, it is a very good idea to review your work at that point. You may not feel like doing this because it now feels as if it is all in the past, but it is a good way to develop and build on what you have done. If you have not managed to talk with a fellow student before, try to do so now. Read each other's assignments and compare and discuss any comments you have received. This is also useful because it is not always easy to know what a tutor means. In order...

Punctuation

When we speak we can help the listener to understand through the use of gestures, facial expressions and body language. We can also use pauses, hesitations and repetitions to add to the force of what we are saying and to make sure that the listener has understood what we are trying to communicate. When we are writing we have to use different mechanisms to do the same work. This is where punctuation comes in. It allows us to divide up our ideas into manageable chunks so that the reader...

Example A seminar paper

Roman historiography problems and preconditions What the student said about this We were given the questions for this seminar paper. We had to address these in the actual seminar presentation and then hand in our written version at the end. Extract from seminar paper 'Roman historiography problems and preconditions' Were there clear rules for writing history When do they seem to have first appeared The sources appear to imply that there was, by the time of Cicero, a generally accepted way of...

Reading as part of writing

Approaching reading Choosing your reading for an assignment Working with your reading Thinking about the different texts Reading and note taking Making mind maps from reading Keeping records Making meaning through reading Reading your own and other students' work I've done some reading but it doesn't seem to be very related to this assignment. I take copious notes from all these books and then don't really know what to do with them for my essay. Students don't seem to use the reading lists they...