Session 4

Academic Writing 9 – Project presentations

Welcome back to Academic Writing – the series where you'll find activities to help you develop your writing skills and become a top-class distance learner. This time we're looking at how you can present an academic project perfectly!

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The best presentation slides

To find out about two techniques you can use to plan effectively – without wasting time in your exams – download the free pdf by clicking on the Download link. It's also got activities to help you perfect your paragraph writing skills, so don't miss out. But first, take a look at one more thing you MUST do in an exam.

Proofreading in your exam

So, you're in the exam and you've finished your answer. That's it, isn't it? No! You need to make sure to proofread what you've written in case you've made any mistakes. Do you know what kinds of mistake to look for? Check what you know with this image!

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Before the exam, you should memorise and practise spelling words that you always find challenging. You could do this through repetition exercises by writing the word over and over and over again – or you could also try remembering how to spell tricky words through mnemonics.

A mnemonic is a technique where you use the first letters of words in a phrase to remember a spelling. For example:

No English Child Eats Sandwiches, Some Are Really Yuck.

Did you get it? The first letters of the words in that phrase spell necessary

When you’ve finished your exam essay – check your spelling. Focus on words you know you have trouble with.

You should also make sure to check punctuation. This includes capital letters, full stops and commas. If you haven't let a gap between your paragraphs, have you indented it? Indenting is where you leave a space to show where a new paragraph begins.

If you do make a mistake during the exam, just put a line through it. Anything with a line through it will not be marked by the examiner. This goes for your plan too! You won't be allowed to use correction fluid, so a simple line is fine.

By spending a few minutes checking your work, you'll be able to spot obvious and silly errors that may result in losing marks.

Check your language!

Have you made good use of prepositions? Does the preposition match the adjective you've used? Have you used the gerund or the infinitive correctly? Have you use the simple where you need the continuous?

You should try and use a range of complex sentences in your essay. This not only helps you to express your ideas more economically, but it also displays a better understanding of the language. Ensure you revise how to build complex sentences! This can include things like conditional sentences and subordinate clauses.

The best presentation slides

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Are you exam ready? Find out what you've learned with our final proofreading activity – go to the next activity to find out more!

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