Assessment Item 2: Statement of essay preparation
What differentiated higher quality example essays from lower quality example essays?
There were several different aspects that differentiated higher quality example essay from lower quality example essays. Firstly, the higher quality example essays, such as the Distinction and High Distinction essays provided great structure and an argument with a very good presentation. The introduction in the Distinction essay introduced relevant literature and addressed the essay topic thoroughly. It summarized the topics which will be covered and noted relevant journals that will be drawn on, which made me conscious and prepared for the rest of the essay. The High Distinction essay was very similar and had the same impact, although it did not note relevant literature in the introduction. However, it presented an excellent front page cover with all relevant unit information. In both essays, the question of the essay was directly addressed and correct paragraph structure and concluding sentences were applied. Both followed a set plan and the complete essay flowed without getting off the topic. Relevant literature and various sources were well used and supported by references and evidence, own expression of thought, explanations and examples to the literature was also provided and presented well. A great list of references was correctly written according to the APA referencing. On the contrary, the High Distinction essay provided excellent information for the reader at the end of the essay which included information of the individuals discussed. In summary, the high quality essays demonstrated a great understanding of the relevant topic, both presented clear and readable written expression and presentation, including correct spelling, grammar, proper use of sentences and paragraphs, and academic style.
In contrast, there was a remarkable difference with the lower quality example essays, such as the Pass and Credit essay....
References: were not correctly presented and the conclusions were weakly summarized. The Credit essay included page numbers and question of the essay on each page, which can be helpful as it can be a reminder of the topic. In summary, the lower quality example essays demonstrated a poor understanding of the relevant topic; both presented poor written expression, and failed to provide adequate spelling and grammar, proper use of sentences and paragraphs, and academic style. It appeared too simple and more effort could have been prepared and applied.
How did you use the knowledge gained from critiquing the example essays to prepare and structure your essay?
The example essays presented a great demonstration of what a higher quality example essay may look like compared to a poor quality example essay. The knowledge gained from observing different types of essays was great in terms of understanding what criteria an excellent essay needs to meet in order to obtain an excellent mark. I will use the higher quality example essays to prepare my own with a set plan followed. The plan will be to first identify the topic, identify appropriate research sources and summaries correct literature. I believe that in the introduction a summary of the problem needs to be included; therefore I will directly address the relevant topic. I will attempt to have paragraphs correctly structured with separate topics and all arguments or discussions supported by relevant literature and sources. My conclusion will be a summary of the topics covered and the arguments. I will also provide at least five journal articles/books and apply correct APA style of referencing. The presentation of my essay will need be clear and readable. Correct spelling and grammar, sentences and paragraphs will also be administered. The essay will also confirm word length requirement. In summary, my essay will consist of four components, the introduction, body, conclusion and references and include a set plan followed.
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