Date: Wednesday 26th October 2011
Venue: Equality Service Training room 10.45, EC Stoner Building, Level 10
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Equality Service is planning to run a series of workshops focusing upon improving academic writing skills.
The workshops will primarily be aimed at first year students who are awaiting allocation of 1-1 Strategy Support sessions, while the workshop cannot guarantee to turn an essay scoring a modest 2.2 into a clear First â€“ it will attempt to offer guidance in how to present, how to structure and how to express oneâ€™s ideas within a more secure and elevated academic forum.
The workshops will consist of the following areas:
- a consideration of strategies to better understand essay titles, use of key words, the importance of answering the specific question asked, etc.
- an explanation of the constituent parts of an academic essay
- planning the essay
- the use of paragraphs
- redrafting and final revision
- Academic writing style
- what are the three rules for great writing?
- avoiding overly colloquial, idiomatic and metaphorical writing
- ways to enhance analysis and reduce description
- sentence length â€“ paragraph length
- the â€œups and downsâ€ of political correctness
- spelling â€“ the key pitfalls
- the dangers of homophones
- Presentation of work on the page
- basic style: type and size of font, spacing, headers and footers etc.
- use of italics, use of capitals, use of diacritics, how to set out long quotations, when and when not to use abbreviations, numbers and dates, paragraph breaks and so on
- Use of correct grammar
- an understand of parts of speech in relation to academic writing
- what is a sentence â€“ what is a clause â€“ what is a subordinate clause?
- how to use different tenses correctly in academic writing
- the active and passive â€“ when to use
- fifteen foolproof suggestions for grammatically correct writing
- find out how many punctuation marks there are (there are 15) and gain a clearer understanding of how to use them
- Elevating vocabulary
- come out of the session armed with a significantly more diverse vocabulary than when you went in â€“ there are 365 academically useful words on offer!