CHECKING THE ESSAY

by David Martinsen (16.03.2021)

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CHECKING THE ESSAY.
It is of the utmost importance when writing an essay to check the first version of the essay. When writing a draft, your main task is to develop an argument, polish your main thoughts and arrange them in a strict sequence, accompanying them with illustrative materials or supporting data, etc. After writing the first draft, let it sit for a day or two and then return to work on revision and improvement, with a "fresh head."

When checking, first of all, pay attention to the strength of your argument. Does the essay you've written match your intentions in terms of work structure and analysis? Is it coherent and persuasive? Is enough data used? relevant data? used effectively? etc.

Then (last step) check for style (check for spelling, punctuation, etc.) and coherence (content) (by headings and subheadings, format, etc.)

WHAT DO THE EXAMINERS EXPECT FROM YOU?
You apparently want to get good grades for the assignments you complete. At the same time, the writing experience you gain (develop) while preparing essays and other assignments in your master's course will be of great value to you after you complete it, no matter which of your professional fields you find yourself in. Grades, being the instructor's feedback to the student, are needed on the one hand to encourage intellectual activity that finds expression in written work as a means of communication, and on the other hand, grades discourage "bad" intellectual work by the student.

SO, WHAT DO EXAMINERS GIVE GOOD GRADES FOR?
For the ability to construct and prove your position on certain problems based on the knowledge you have acquired.
[Remember that in the subjects we deal with, there are no absolutely "right" or "wrong" answers to questions, as there are in physics or mathematics - there are only more or less reasoned points of view. Remember also that you don't get grades simply for agreeing with your lecturers' point of view - the examiners expect you to think for yourself, i.e., what you think about it].

When advancing your own position, your focus is on your ability (ability) to critically and independently evaluate a range of data and viewpoints/arguments from others; your ability to understand, evaluate, and connect the key points of any problems and issues; your ability to differentiate (what is more and what is less important); understand analytical approaches and models; differentiate opposing approaches and models and their application to empirical material, discussions of principled issues, and the conduct of development po

Need to write briefly, clearly, and concisely. (Making the most of limited length.)

WHAT DON'T THE EXAMINERS LIKE? (WHAT YOU SHOULD AVOID)
1. the fact that you can't answer the question.
2. Poor organization of your answer.
3. Failing to stick to your answer to the main question.
4. Using rhetoric (assertion) instead of argumentation (proof).
5. Careless handling of data, including overgeneralization.
6. The essay you wrote was not made by you, but by a special essay writing services.
7. Too extensive descriptive part, not supported by analytical material.
8. Presenting other viewpoints without stating your own position.
9. Repetition unnecessarily.

HOW TO WRITE A GOOD ESSAY: Checklist
1. Before you begin.
Have you carefully read the relevant literature? (paperhelpwriting and book chapters; case studies, if needed; other relevant sources).
Do you have sufficiently detailed and organized outlines?
Have you read the question carefully? Have you thought through what the approach to the problem will be and how it will be defended?
2. Structure of the essay
Have you developed an argument?
Have you prepared a writing plan according to the stages of the argument?
Do you have a good system of subheadings (related sequence)?
3. essay writing
Does the essay meet the following requirements:
Is the introduction concise and relevant to the topic? Does it include points such as: a rationale for choosing the approach you use; having a brief definition of all basic terminology according to your intentions for their use?
Do you follow a system of subheadings?
Do you formulate one clear main question in each paragraph?
Are the paragraphs presented in a logical sequence?
Do you use evidence effectively?
Do you make proper references to sources?
Do you avoid repetition? Excessive generalization? Descriptions without analysis or argumentation? Summarizing other points of view without stating your own point of view and justifying it?
Is your conclusion concise and relevant?
Do you indicate any other (broader) applications and implication of the topic you are investigating?

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