Reports & Essays for University Students

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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.

    2 - Why Technique is Important.

    Here we look at the elements that make up a good quality university report or essay. If any of these elements are missing your 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 you get a better mark, get you into a better job and then help you be more successful in that job.

    4 - The Other Dimension.

    Here we discuss how to look at the assignment requirements you have been given from another angle to ensure you are actually seeing all the important aspects. Missing these other aspects can lose you marks in your report or essay.

    5 - Your Marketing Campaign.

    We discuss how to how to treat your 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 yourself.

    6,7,8 - Working with your teacher.

    The way you work with your teacher is important in getting every mark you can for your essay or report. We discuss how to "Upward Manage" your teacher and how to ensure you are taking steps to "Exceed Expectations;" an important part of your 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 you stop doing this.

    9 - Why do we do Assignments.

    Have you stopped and thought about why you have to do Assignments ? Understanding this helps get your 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 your report or essay. It is important to understand each of the steps they go through so that you can ensure you are using the right techniques to grab every mark.

    11 - The Structure of your Essay.

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

    12,13 - Mind-Maps.

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

    14,15 - The Theory and The Analysis.

    These techniques show how to understand how much time you should spend writing about the theories and how much time you should spend using the theories.

    16 - Start with a Skeleton.

    Here we teach how to build your essay or report in the right way to help ensure that you 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 and reports.

    18,19 - Using Key Words

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

    20 - Are you Actually Answering the Question ?

    This technique helps you work out if you are actually answering the question or if you are answering something else by mistake. This can save you 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 you to make a start on that painful assignment. There are also tips on how to reduce the stress you suffer throughout the research and writing process.

    23 - Density of Evidence.

    Your teachers are looking for a certain "Density" of good information in your writing. We explain how to attack this.

    24,25,26 - Word count.

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

    27,28,29 - Summary Methods.

    Your teacher is looking for lots of good information in your essay or report. They are not just looking for lots of words. Here we show you the techniques to help you get plenty of information into your reports and essays without blowing your word-count.

    30 - Case Study Tactics.

    Sometimes assignments can be based on "Case Studies." These can be a real trap and cost you marks. Here we discuss techniques to help you ensure you don't fall into this trap.

    31,32 - Neat and Space.

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

    33 - Your Use of References.

    How many references are enough ? What makes a good reference ? How to write your references ? The techniques explained here help you ensure that you 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 you 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 you maximise your marks for reports and essays.

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