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Unpacking the Question

ABSTRACT When approaching any written assessment, it is important to be clear about the assessment task and the purpose of the writing. This article outlines a scheme for ensuring all relevant aspects of an assessment task are addressed. The scheme unpacks the question by identifying so-called actions,…

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How to Fail Your Written Assessments

Overview There are numerous opportunities to throw away one’s grades and many students seize them enthusiastically with little or no instruction. On the basis that most of us will require some form of teaching in this skill area, I present the following guidelines on how to…

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Effective Writing

Am I making myself clear? A proposed set of rules and conventions for improving writing style for academic and professional reports. Stylistic Rules RULE Rule NOT applied Rule applied 1. Use definite, specific, concrete language. Billy could not talk properly. Billy’s speech sound…

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