A Parent's Guide to Essays & Reports

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Contents of this site.

A summary of the techniques that this site teaches:

    1 - Introduction.

    A short introduction explaining why the author of these techniques teaches them from a new, different and useful perspective. These techniques are relevant for secondary and tertiary students.

    2 - Why Technique is Important.

    Here we look at the elements that are needed to produce a good quality report or essay. If any of these elements are missing the assignment will lose marks.

    3 - A Professional Approach.

    From his experience in teaching and in industry the author shows how good report and essay writing technique can help students get a better mark, get into a better job and then help them be more successful in that job. That better mark can also help students get into a better tertiary course.

    4 - The Other Dimension.

    Here we discuss how to look at the assignment requirements from another angle to ensure we are actually seeing all the important aspects. Missing these other aspects can lose a student marks in their report or essay. This approach is also needed for exams.

    5 - Your Marketing Campaign.

    We discuss how students need to treat their report and essay writing as a "marketing campaign." The whole point of a marketing campaign is to work out ways to achieve the best results for ourselves.

    6,7,8 - Working with your teacher.

    The way students work with their teacher is important in getting every mark they can for their essay or report. We discuss how students can use the approach of "Upward Managing" their teacher and how they can ensure they are taking steps to "Exceed Expectations;" an important part of their campaign.

    We then move on to the practical aspects of writing reports and essays. Here we discuss the ways that students lose marks. There are many techniques we teach to help them stop doing this.

    9 - Why do we do Assignments.

    We encourage students to stop and think about why they have to do Assignments. Understanding this helps us get our head around techniques to attack the problem.

    10 - How do Teachers mark Reports and Essays.

    As part of the "marketing campaign" we look at how teachers actually go about marking reports or essays. Understanding each of the steps that teachers go through helps students ensure they are using the right techniques to grab every mark.

    11 - The Structure of your Essay.

    Here we discuss how our essay or report should be structured. This helps set up a great foundation to help ensure we are covering all the aspects that are required.

    12,13 - Mind-Maps.

    Here we show how to use Mind-Maps to help students really understand the way that the different frameworks, models and theories of their subject fit together. This helps students work out which ones to use.

    14,15 - The Theory and The Analysis.

    These techniques help students ensure that they are addressing both the concepts taught in class and the use of these concepts in their assignments.

    16 - Start with a Skeleton.

    Here we teach students how to build their essay or report in the right way to help ensure that they are answering all the requirements of the assignment.

    17 - Disecting the Question.

    This section shows the techniques required to understand all the parts of the question. Often there are more parts to a question than first appears. It is crucial to do this well in essays, reports and exams.

    18,19 - Using Key Words

    Here we explain techniques that help students take the right path when they are writing their report or essay. This includes tips to help students make sure their teacher knows they are answering the questions.

    20 - Are you Actually Answering the Question ?

    This technique helps us work out if we are actually answering the question or if we are answering something else by mistake. This can save students a lot of wasted time and stress.

    21 - Quantify - Your Use of Numbers.

    The assignments of many subjects need sections that are written in a "Quantified" way. Here we teach techniques to do this.

    22 - Your Creativity.

    These techniques help make it easier for a student to make a start on that painful assignment. There are also tips on how to reduce the stress we suffer throughout the research and writing process.

    23 - Density of Evidence.

    Teachers are looking for a certain "Density" of good information in a student's writing. We explain how to attack this.

    24,25,26 - Summary Methods.

    An important part of getting better marks for a report or essay is to use a "Calculated" approach in our writing. This helps students ensure that they do not waste time on some parts of their assignment while neglecting others. This is critical in getting a better mark. This is the same situation in exams.

    27,28,29 - Summary Methods.

    Teachers are looking for lots of good information in a student's essay or report. They are not just looking for lots of words. Here we show techniques to help students get plenty of information into their assignments without blowing the word-count.

    30 - Case Study Tactics.

    Sometimes assignments can be based on "Case Studies." These can be a real trap and cost a student marks. Here we discuss techniques to help ensure students do not fall into this trap.

    31,32 - Neat and Space.

    Here we show techniques that help students "open up" their writing. This is important as it makes the report or essay look more professional and helps ensure that the teacher does not miss any of the marks that a student deserves.

    33 - Your Use of References.

    How many references are enough ? What makes a good reference ? How should we write references ? The techniques explained here help students ensure that they do not lose marks by neglecting this part.

    34 - Introduction verses Executive Summary.

    In reports, lots of students get these mixed up. There will probably be marks attached to them. These techniques show simple ways of getting this right.

    35 - The Obvious Stuff.

    Here we give a summary of the tips that most ordinary student-help sites give students. These are important basic things that we need to get right when doing assignments or exams.

    36 - Conclusion - A Systematic Approach.

    Here we give a summary and a step-by-step approach to using the techniques taught to help students maximise their marks for reports and essays.

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