Required reading only for students studying from the print form of the study materials Exercise 15.1
When you have completed Exercise 15.1 you will have completed TPP7120 assignment 3.
Exercise 15.1 consists of writing a formal report on six (6) specified aspects of your experience of studying Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) courses. Here is an overview showing the general content and structure of a formal report: Front material
• Letter of transmittal
• Title page
• Table of contents
Body of the report
• List of references
1. Read module 16 which deals with writing formal reports. This provides you with a general description and example of each of the parts of a formal report. 2. Start drafting your report by writing a draft of the Body of the report (the Report Body). Front material
A. Start here: Body of the report
The following diagram shows what should be in the body of your report: For each aspect -
• Your management
of your learning
program (choose 1)
• Your study
• Your learning
• Your use of study
to your journal
recommendation • Your ideas about
studying and how
they have changed
(choose 2 of the
• Your learning
6 items in an
The next part of this exercise shows an example of how to write about one of the six aspects of your experience of studying during the semester.
The chosen aspect in the example is the student’s short-term management of his study program.
The element of the experience is ‘keeping to a study schedule’. The first paragraph is a description of the experience, based on the student’s journal entries. The student’s name is ‘Bedford’.
Example of how to write about an aspect of studying during the semester Example 1
Aspect: Short-term management
Element: Keeping to a study schedule
I found difficulty in keeping to my study schedule, because the time that I had scheduled for study through the week was taken up with unscheduled family demands, as illustrated in my journal on July 17. I became frustrated and felt angry with myself when I fell behind with my studies (Appendix 1, p. 1). Eventually, I decided to discuss my needs for study time with the various members of my family, and with my friends (Bedford, 2006, p. 6). Evaluation
This was an interesting experience for me, which had positive and negative sides to it. I disliked my negative feelings about falling behind with my studies, and having to raise the issue with family and friends. The positive side was that my family and friends were understanding of my situation, and most of them gave me the support I needed by arranging their visits with me in advance.
Before I start a new semester of study I will remind my family and friends of my need to have uninterrupted study time, and ask them to check with me before they visit in the evenings and at weekends. By doing this, I think that I will be better able to keep to my planned study schedules.
Note the in-text references in the description paragraph. You are required to include at least one in-text reference in each aspect, and altogether to make reference to six pieces of material which are placed in an appendix to your report.
I found difficulty in keeping to my study schedule, because the time that I had scheduled for study through the week was taken up with unscheduled family demands, as illustrated in my journal on 17 July. I became frustrated and felt angry with myself when I fell behind with my studies (Appendix 1, p. 1). Eventually, I decided to discuss my needs for study time with the various members of my family, and with my friends...
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