In truth, the actual job you would be doing would be editing the original draft, for the actual writing of any work submitted by a student needs to come from them in the first instance. Asking you to look over it and edit it, however, is perfectly acceptable, and many students use a third party in such a manner to ensure that their work is of the highest standard. There are set guidelines to editing an essay that are easy to follow yet make the entire process much more simple and straightforward, so lets have a look at how you go about it. Once you have a customer, and agree on a price (look at others and see what they are charging, and never sell yourself short) you need to set about editing the essay itself. Read carefully through the text; you may not be fully conversant with the subject but obvious syntax and sentence structure errors will be clear to you, and you may be able to suggest clearer ways of getting a point across.

Obviously there is Internet access there, however the Internet is notorious for being a frustrating medium, I had to make numerous trips to university to get the required information, not a huge problem but still, one worth mentioning. In my opinion this technique was very successful. I was able to get all the information I needed and it was all from sources printed within the last three year. The Information I gathered allowed me to write up the article just the way I wanted to. As I have said, my technique worked so I would be lying if I said I would make wholesale changes to it. If I were being super – critical it would have been nice to have obtained some primary research rather than just secondary. For example; I would have liked to find a business in this area whose systems had been infected by a virus. However due to the fact many businesses are reluctant to divulge this information, it is was an impossible task unless I knew the owner/manager, which was not the case.

Speaking out load has been a problem for me for quite a while now. It is something I have always tried to avoid; even reading out load from a textbook in class has posed problems for me. However I knew that there was no way for me to avoid this presentation. I realised that if I were to do well I would have to get some tips on presenting. The lecture notes in the ‘Business Information Systems’ lecture provided a starting block. In addition W.Triffitt’s ( 2002 ) notes at the back of the ‘Business and Professional Development’ study skills book helped. “Skills of presentation are not inborn or inherited” (Janner, 1989), this is why Janner believes that presentation techniques need to be taught. In his opinion, one of the simplest ways to be successful is to plan and rehearse. These were the same views that I was hearing from a number of sources. I began to realise that the main difference between a successful presentation and an unsuccessful one was the preparation put into it. I decided if I had any chance of delivering a quality talk I had to be well prepared.

I constructed a spider diagram consisting of all the points I wanted to make. After this I decided on the presentation format, (see appendix 5). Which I was able to do using my spider diagram. This made the job of assembling the information I needed to deliver the talk a lot easier. I then had to decide on how I was going to present my information. I would have liked to have used visual & sound effect, however this was not possible as the only piece of equipment available was the Over-head projector. This meant I had to use A4 transparencies. This may not have been a bad thing as G. Janner (1989) believed that “Over Preparation” should be avoided. “auto-cued, word perfect script, dramatic music and lighting may be too slick” (G. I acted on his advice when designing my transparencies “Keep the wording of all visual aids to a sensible minimum”. “Avoid a mass of hard to assimilate material”.

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