A level coursework is one of the important assignments for you and if you do well this assignment or essay, you are going to get a good rank in your final examination. Any assignment or essay requires a complete understanding of the topic as well as a thorough knowledge of the subject. You should plan your writing since the very beginning so that you are able to complete and submit it before due date. Your exam essay in any of the subject needs a thorough understanding as well as analytical skills. You should go through with the tutorials and lectures provided to you by your teachers and if given an option of selection, should carefully select topic of your essay or assignment. There are more than hundred good topics in every subject. Each topic needs an introduction and you should plan design and thereafter should start writing work on any of the essay. You should look out for references.
You can go to the library and find out the relevant books and journals. You can note down the details of these books or journals so that necessary citations can be made later. You should begin with brief introduction in your exam essay. The introduction should be followed by critical examination of the particular work or analysis of data or work. Whatever the critical examination or work it is, it should be supported by figures, data, graphs, quotations or maps and at the end of your work, you should add references in particular format as desired by your teacher. Your AS or A level exam work should be logically and grammatically correct and it should be rechecked before submitting it to the institute or university. It is actually a very important assignment for you and you should try to include your own views about the specific topic chosen by you. The most important task for every student is to submit the AS or A level exam essay in time. In no way you should cross the time limit. Planning from early days will be beneficial for you and you should stick to it. Your report should be original and plagiarism free and if you have taken any quotation, reference from other sources, it should be properly cited. In the past there are instances that students get caught for copying the text from other sources without referencing it in the assignment. A well planned A level coursework, hard work and dedication are the key attributes and these factors can enhance your final scores.
In conclusion, I have concerns not only about those of you who skipped the outline (have a go at it) but also about many of you who did the assignment (have another go at it). But we have five weeks left in the semester; that is plenty of time to get your projects on track. I encourage you to take my writing process seriously and really concentrate on getting the outline right. I got the outlines done and will hand them back on Monday at the end of class. However, since we do not have time to go over them, I’ll type up my remarks and share them in this e-mail. Almost everyone did an outline. If you did not, I strongly advise you to do an one before you attempt the draft. Those who did do an outline: Most of you need to do another draft of the outline because of the sort of issues I penciled in the margins.
Here are some of the problems that I encountered. Plot summary: Not necessary. Saying less about more material: You should instead say more about less material. Research: You have to cite at least 5 critical sources (works of criticism on your play) in your paper. That is the minimum. Some of you need to do further research. Some of the WC lists had only 2-3 critical sources. Here’s another problem: You have to have sources that relate to the approach that you’re taking. For example, if you are doing a Jungian paper and you didn’t bother to ferret out any of the Jungian Shakespeare books, you’d better go do that. Writing two papers at the same time: Some of the papers contained the seeds of two separate papers. If your outline falls into this category, you need to pick one and develop it. Cut the other. Write one paper, not two.
Information vs. argument: An information-centered paper is insufficient. You must use information to argue for a controversial thesis. ] to argue that” some controversial idea is the case. Your paper must be argument-centered. Focused topic vs. thesis: A thesis does not state the focused topic (the narrow thing you’ll write about); it offers a controversial idea about that focused topic. Focused topic: The fact that Hamlet hesitates. Thesis: I will argue that Hamlet’s hesitation is due to Freud’s Oedipus Complex. Review of criticism: I want everybody’s paper to have a mini-review of criticism at the start of the body. It could be in the introduction instead, but it needs to be in one of these places. Generally, I prefer the start of the body. It’s an important feature because giving a sense of what others have said will help you identify an issue that you can argue about. Think of it this way: Give a review of previous criticism. Then PUSH OFF from it in your own thesis-driven direction.