Another round of essays is looming, and many students aren’t quite sure what to write or how to write it.
Been there. Done that. Coming out of a science/engineering background, I’d rarely had to string two words together to express myself – and certainly not in a formal, written, academic style! So my first few years at Ridley were a steep learning curve.
Ridley now has a number of helpful documents which can give you a taste for how to research an essay, and put all that material together in written form. There are also various expectations about how you present your essay, including cover sheets, bibliographies, footnote formats, etc. Much of this can be found in your Student Handbook, so remember to flick through that. But much of this is digested, and joined by some further thoughts, on the “Study & academic resources” page of the distance website. You can jump straight to here to find those documents. No account or password required.
Also, don’t forget the offer made in some introductory classes for a special meeting with tutors to talk about the information that you’ve gleaned so far. Details are being advertised in the Ridley Weekly e-mail which you should receive regularly.