In looking to assist you with the development of your own work I thought it may be beneficial to give you a taste of my own book with this edited extract that I have been distributing to students for the last couple of months to further your understanding of the essay writing process (please see the bottom of this article for further details). With this in mind, I feel it is important to begin by saying that, as anyone working in this area will tell you, just as there are many different educational institutes throughout the world, there are also several different lines of thought regarding coursework/examination writing skills that are so integral for students of all ages to learn to then be able to effectively illustrate their own level of knowledge and proficiency in a particular subject. However, the problem is that not everyone shares my point of view in looking to effectively further your education in the best possible way for you to then be able to achieve what you are capable of through the essay writing process.
Unfortunately, despite the weight given to writing skills for exams and coursework assessments, there are still those working in the academic field that believe this kind of writing is little more than an instinctive process where you either know how to do it or you do not with no room for anything more than minor improvements. All too many teachers still seem stuck on the idea you are either born with the ability to write wonderful works of academic brilliance or that there is little hope for you as the whole process fills you with a sense of anguish and dread when it comes to starting the essay writing process.
That such a view has arisen has only been further exacerbated by the fact all too many teachers believe that all that is necessary to teach someone how to write an assessment is to show you examples of former students' work for you to pick-up their techniques. Unfortunately, however, the reality of such an approach is that, whilst this may occasionally work for the brightest amongst you, it is really little more than a fool's errand for effective essay writing. This is because without any real explanation of the steps taken to produce such work in the first place there is little hope of most students absorbing this information for essay writing because your teachers fail to tell you important things like -
(a) How was the work researched?
(b) What search terms did they use and why?
(c) How did they plan their work?
(d) What influenced their approach?
(e) What actually made the work so good?
(f) How long did it take them to write it?
(g) Did they draft it first?
JUST THINK ABOUT IT -
If you read a book like 'Harry Potter', does that mean your are automatically able to write something of equal brilliance to capture the world's heart so completely?
Could you suddenly write like Dan Brown if you read 'The Da Vinci Code'?
Of course there is no denying it is a wonderful thought that you might be able to learn to write in the same way simply by reading someone else's work. However, whilst you may be inspired by what you read, the reality is that unless you have learned some discernible skills already in this area and have some notable creative ability then it is likely that what you produce will be little more than a poor imitation that ultimately leads you to nothing more than disappointment from your essay writing process. Therefore, those that believe this kind of academic writing is little more than an instinctive process are fundamentally flawed in their thinking because this line of thought implies essay writing skills are like 'superpowers' that very few are blessed with!
However, all too many teachers believe that all that is necessary to teach someone how to write an assessment is to show you examples of former students' work for you to pick-up their techniques the second could be looked upon as being little more than tantamount to giving someone a fish for the day, rather than showing them how to fish for life. Such a view has arisen in view of the fact that it is arguable that there is no real learning or explanation of how to approach studying - particularly at the higher levels. Instead it is believed - rightly or wrongly - that the further you progress in your studies as a student, the more it is expected that you should automatically have the necessary skills to succeed with little thought for those that do not since the further you go in your education, the more teaching time is taken up with learning the subject itself because of the sheer amount that staff have to get you through in your studies to the detriment of your essay writing.
Nevertheless, there is also a third line of thought that proposes the more practice you get the better your writing will become (which is perfectly agreeable), the reality of this understanding is still somewhat limited for good essay writing. This is because, in view of the many pressures that have been placed upon students and teachers the further they go in the education process, not everyone has the time or inclination to write (or encourage the writing of) innumerable papers to improve their practical writing skills or, if they do, someone qualified to gauge their level of improvement in effective essay writing. Matters have also not been helped, however, by the fact that there is still all too often too little tangible help available to you to allow you to make the strides forward that you want regarding your essay writing. Moreover, even where help is available, many people feel that there is a stigma attached to seeking help with your studies and a sense of embarrassment or even shame at needing it with their essay writing which is something that you should never feel -
YOU ARE BEING SMART.
Therefore, if you would like a great deal more information and support in this regard then you can find it in the form of my own e-journal 'The Secret Guide To Academic Writing & Study' that I produced myself and am currently distributing to students like you at a remarkably inexpensive one-off price through my website at [http://www.academicfx.co.uk]