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Essay Writing: Planning, Structuring & Drafting

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Kerry Boulton

on 24 October 2014

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Essay Writing: Planning, Structuring & Drafting
Analysing the essay title
Create an initial plan
Today's session
Staff led presentation
(25 minutes)
Student facilitated activities (1 hour)
Questions and feedback (5 minutes)
Critically evaluate the theory of planned behaviour as a predictor of exercise behaviour.
To pass judgement on, backing up your judgement with a discussion of the evidence of your reasoning.
Research the topic
Paragraph Structure



Essay Plan

Critically assess the worth or value of, whilst giving your opinion.
Intro- 200 words
P1- Salient beliefs- 300 words

P2-Elicitation-300 words
Darker et al. (2007); Connor & Armitage (1998);
Van der Pligt & De Vries (1994).
P3- Emotions- 350 words
P4- framework 350 words
P5- Predictor- 300 words
Total=2000 words
Wilson et al (2009)
Conner & Norman (2005); Weinstein (2003)
Glanz et al (2008); Bricknell et al, (2006)
Murnaghan et al (2010); Armitage & Conner, (2001);
Bellows et al (2008)
Conclusion-200 words
Paragraph plan
Point: The TPB states that only salient beliefs affect attitude, not all beliefs
Darker et al. (2007); Connor & Armitage (1998);
Van der Pligt & De Vries (1994).
Explanation: Conflicts in research regarding the number optimum number of beliefs to predict behaviour. Further research would be required to accurately use the model to predict behaviour.
Link: Process of elicitation for acquiring beliefs
The Introduction
Introduces what is included in the essay and explains any terms where applicable
I like to use mind maps
But I like to
read first..
I love writing lists!
Using a mind map
Summarises the essay and draws conclusions to address the question.
Parallel Structure
Theory 1
Situation 1 Situation 2 Situation 3
Theory 2
Situation 1 Situation 2 Situation 3
Theory 3
Situation 1 Situation 2 Situation 3
Alternative Approaches
1. Write the conclusion first

2. Topic only paragraphs

3. Chronological

4. Chronological- editing later

5. Write the main body, then the intro and conclusion
Over to our Skills Leaders
My 3 Top tips
1. Read aloud
2. Read backwards
3. Check for one
aspect at a time
Other workshops
Manage your references: Monday 3rd March, 2-4pm

An introduction to critical thinking: Tuesday 4th March, 2.15-3.45

Boosting your grade
Discuss and argue facts to build your argument
Try to avoid being too descriptive
Ensure you analyse each point
Main body
Reference list/ Bibliography
Where do I start?!
The main body is where you build your argument using several points
You need to reference to acknowledge the work of others
Others should be able to find your references easily
Essay Diamond
Main body
10% of essay
Start with the first thing you said you'd do
Summarise the main argument
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