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Copying content between Modules

Copying content between Modules

This guide shows Instructors how to copy content between modules in My Dundee. The most common reason for doing this will be to copy content from an old module to a new one ready for a new academic year ...
Essay Bites 10 – Making the most of feedback

Essay Bites 10 – Making the most of feedback

When you get an essay back, it’s natural to be most interested in the mark you received. However, far more useful going forward will be the feedback that you receive from the marker. This Bite will help you think about how to engage with your essay feedback in order to ...
Essay Bites 9 – Getting the referencing right

Essay Bites 9 – Getting the referencing right

‘Referencing’ – is there a word more likely than this to strike despair into the heart of the average essay writer? Referencing appears complex, and thus people tend to procrastinate over it and often do a poor job. But really, once you have your head around how referencing works, it’s ...
Essay Bites 8 – Style Issues

Essay Bites 8 – Style Issues

Academic writing is sometimes seen by students as a mysterious or complex thing, and this often results in a laborious or over-florid style as people try to sound ‘academic’. Yet in truth, academic writing boils down to following a handful of fairly simply rules, which we’ll outline in this Bite ...
Essay Bites 7 – Editing and proofreading your essay

Essay Bites 7 – Editing and proofreading your essay

The editing and proofreading stages are often rushed or ignored entirely when writing essays, yet they are crucial elements of the process and will almost always lead to better marks. In this Bite we’ll explain the distinction between editing and proofreading, as well as offering some useful tips for both ...
Essay Bites 6 – Convincing conclusions

Essay Bites 6 – Convincing conclusions

The conclusion is an important part of the overall essay, yet it is often rushed in order to comply with the word count or worse, left out altogether. This Bite will suggest a straightforward approach to writing effective and persuasive conclusions ...
Essay Bites 5 – Powerful Paragraphs

Essay Bites 5 – Powerful Paragraphs

The main body is the key part of your essay, where the bulk of your marks will be gained or lost. In this Bite we’ll look at how to tackle the main body, with particular focus on the individual building blocks of your essay – paragraphs. We’ll illustrate a simple ...
Essay Bites 4 – Effective intros

Essay Bites 4 – Effective intros

This Bite focuses in on how to write an effective introduction. Many people find this a difficult part of the essay to write, and there’s often a tendency to overcomplicate things at this stage. This Bite will introduce one possible model for writing an introduction which simplifies the whole process ...
Essay Bites 3 – Planning your answer

Essay Bites 3 – Planning your answer

In this Bite we’ll look at how to go about planning your essay. This is a stage that many people don’t always bother with but here we’ll explain why it should always be part of your essay writing process, as well as exploring a few of the key things to ...
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Essay Bites 2 – Researching your answer

This Bite focuses on the research stage. We’ll highlight some of the things you need to think about when selecting your sources, and we’ll look at how you go about taking a critical approach at this early stage in the essay process ...
Essay Bites 1: Understanding the Question

Essay Bites 1: Understanding the Question

Essay Bites 1 - Understanding the Question << back to guides One common way that essays go wrong is in failing to properly answer the question. This Bite will show you how to avoid that pitfall by breaking down the question in order to identify exactly what is being asked ...