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How to Approach Coursework

Coursework is the best way to exhibit one's academic abilities without the external pressures and exam room jitters. It opens space for non-performers to discover the best of their abilities as they take their exams. Coursework also has its drawbacks, such as giving students a sense of false security. So, to be successful in coursework, you need to research and plan carefully. You also need to have good essay writing and strong data-gathering skills. This article is going to explore ways to have excellent coursework from the beginning to the end.

Planning what to write

First, you need to be aware of what is expected of you in the coursework. You need to know of all the areas you will cover in the coursework. It will help you from starting off-topic and content that will not earn you marks. Have a notebook where you can write your course of action and refer to and help you remain in perspective.

Outline

An Outline will be an excellent way to make your writing easy. The outline keeps your work relevant and logical. It is also a good idea to refer to other examples of outline before you settle on how you will structure yours.

Evidence and reference

The outline and plan will guide you on what evidence and information to look for. It will direct you to the appropriate sources, what information is readily available, and what you might need to look for extensively. 

Start your paper

Here is where the rubber meets the road. Your paper will need to have an introduction, body, and conclusion. The good thing is that your plan covers the body. So, your main challenge will be coming up with the introduction and conclusion. Your question or topic will be your main guide in coming up with the introduction. The topic will act as your scope. As for the conclusion, it is a summary of all the points you made in the coursework. 

Writing a case study

When writing a case study, follow the stipulated instructions below.

  1. Find the appropriate subject for your case study.
    Find out if your choice meets the criteria and if it is relevant to your target audience. In cases where you are dealing with people, practice some confidentiality. 
  2. Link practice and theory
    Try linking your theories with practical scenarios by asking why, who, what, and how. Ensure that you cite your sources when referring to information that is not yours. 
  3. Demonstrate your skills
    Your objective must not only be about describing the case. You need to exhibit some application skills. Apply your critical thinking skills by pointing out the weaknesses and strengths of something. Acknowledging the shortfalls and weaknesses of your study also adds credit to your skills. 
  4. Writing style
    Your work will come out best if you write in the third person. Minimize the length of extracts you quote from other sources to ensure that most of the content is your original work. Also, note that the use of abbreviations and jargon makes your work less understandable.
  5. References
    It is good practice to provide references to the information you get from other sources. Most of the time, it will guide you on the number of references to give. Always get your references from the primary source. 
  6. Bibliography
    Provide any other readings using a bibliography. Use the Harvard referencing style when formatting your bibliography.
  7. Appendices
    Help the readers access inaccessible material by using appendices. Limit your appendices to information that is only hard to find. It is good practice to place your appendices next to your bibliography, and you should arrange them chronologically. 
  8. Formatting and presentation
    Make sure that you follow the formatting instruction provided for you, right from the headings to the word count and fonts. Also, ensure your work is grammatically correct and is original.
  9. Final stage
    Go through your work again to ensure everything is right. If possible, find a second opinion by letting a second party go through your work and give you an honest opinion. 

Finally, reflect on what you have learned from the entire exercise and apply it to your day to day life. Consider the lessons you learned, what you are good at, areas you could have done better, and areas you may need help.

In conclusion, there are far and wide ways of approaching your coursework and writing a case study. The above example is one good way to go about it.

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Lily James
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