Writing the conclusion

The conclusion of a piece of writing is your last opportunity to bring together what you have been saying in a form that will tell your reader, 'This is really where all that I have been saying has been leading this is what I want you, the reader, to think at the end of my essay'. This final statement must arise out of the piece of writing itself. One piece of advice that writing advisers give is that you don't introduce new information in the conclusion. However, one exception to this is that...

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...