English: skills for learning
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Week 4: Writing well-organised essays


This week you will continue working on assignment writing and focus in particular on ways to produce a text that answers the assignment question and can be easily followed and understood by tutors. In other words, you will look at ways in which students use essays to successfully communicate with their tutors.

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Welcome to Week 4.

Last week you learned how assignments and indeed any formal text should be approached through a step by step writing process and focus on the first steps of this process.

You may now wonder how to carry out the other steps and how to write the various components of an essay. So how should these be written?

This week you will focus on these steps in more detail. You will first look at what it means to communicate with other people and how this is done in everyday life. Then you will look at essays as a way in which students communicate with tutors in writing.

More specifically you will learn how to write introductions, paragraphs and conclusions. You will do this by looking in detail at an essay written by an Open University student and that the step by step process they followed when writing it.

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By the end of this week, you will understand how to:

  • communicate your ideas effectively
  • communicate with a tutor through an essay
  • use an essay plan to write an essay
  • write an introduction
  • write a paragraph
  • write a conclusion.

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