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Title: 10 top tips to manage your essay


1
10 top tips to manage your essay
  • Start early
  • Find out marking criteria
  • Understand the question
  • Organise your thoughts, ideas and information
  • Create outline structure
  • Keep one idea per paragraph
  • Use the correct referencing style
  • Acknowledge the ideas of others
  • Draft and redraft
  • Edit and proof read

2
10 top tips to manage your time
  • Get a diary
  • Get organised
  • Get your priorities right
  • Get informed
  • Get motivated
  • Get going
  • Get to know yourself
  • Get focused
  • Get a life
  • Get a disaster plan

3
10 top tips to manage your exam
  • Start early
  • Plan your revision schedule
  • Prioritise your topics
  • Schedule in breaks
  • Practice past exam questions
  • Stay focused
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Arrive early to exam hall
  • Attempt all required questions
  • Stay until the end of the exam

4
10 top tips to avoid procrastination
  • Start early
  • Break down responsibilities into smaller tasks.
  • Do hardest tasks first
  • Focus on effort not results
  • Just do 5 minutes work now!
  • Cross tasks off lists when completed
  • Reward yourself for tasks completed
  • Get support from others
  • Build on past successes

5
10 top tips for your presentation
  • Plan in advance
  • Create an outline
  • Know your audience
  • Practice and time your presentation
  • Keep slides clear and simple
  • Engage the audience
  • Practice breathing and stress management
    techniques to manage nerves
  • Be aware of eye contact, voice and body language
  • Practice using the technology and equipment
  • Predict and prepare answers to questions from
    audience

6
10 top tips for taking notes
  • Be brief
  • Be legible
  • Use abbreviations
  • Listen for key points
  • Use your own words
  • Summarise information
  • Review notes before and after lectures
  • Look for links and patterns
  • Keep notes tidy and organised
  • Compare note taking style and content with
    friends

7
10 top tips for critical thinking
  • Analyse information rather than accepting it on
    face value
  • Ask questions Who? What? Where? Why? When?
  • Start with a strong introduction
  • Look at alternative arguments or perspectives
  • Think of the topic from all angles
  • Give evidence to back up your position
  • Present information clearly
  • Check for any flaws or bias in research
  • Link your points
  • End on a strong conclusion

8
10 top tips for citing and referencing
  • Check which referencing style your department
    uses
  • Keep records of information sources on index
    cards
  • Always acknowledge the work and ideas of others
  • Use exact page number for quotations
  • Translate ideas into your own words
  • Use the correct format (e.g. author, date, title
    and publisher)
  • Check your sources for accuracy
  • Proof read your references before submitting an
    assignment
  • Make use of automated referencing systems (e.g.
    Endnote)
  • For further information refer to
  • http//www.tcd.ie/library/support/referencing.php

9
10 top tips literature reviews
  • Understand what you want from the review
  • Define your key questions
  • Define the scope and direction of the review
  • Prepare a draft outline of key concepts
  • Keep a record of the sources and information you
    gather
  • Critically evaluate the literature and the extent
    to which it answers your question
  • Refine your search for recent and relevant
    information
  • Check your sources for accuracy
  • Link points clearly
  • Evaluate the clarity and structure of your
    argument

10
10 top tips for your memory
  • Create meaning to improve storage and recall of
    information
  • Ask questions
  • Create strong images, mind maps or patterns
  • Teach someone else
  • Draw on practical examples where possible (e.g.
    lab demonstrations)
  • Test yourself to see if you can recall
    information
  • Summarise information in bullet points
  • Learn new information when your mind is freshest
  • Use memory aids such as mnemonics (e.g. making up
    words or sentences to remember facts.)
  • Practice past exam questions
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