Pre-Course Exercises

 

The 3 short exercises below are designed to get you thinking about writing the way we will think about it in the course.  They also help us get to know you and your work.  

The exercises are meant to be completed in sequence. 

  • The first two can be done quickly as they ask you to assess others' writing.  We recommend you complete these in a single sitting as not all browsers will save your work.

 

  • The third exercise requires more time and thought because it asks you strategic questions about your work. We recommend you submit a preliminary version of your answers ASAP.  Then, you can use the link in the email you receive to revise your answers and resubmit closer to the due date.  You can resubmit as many times as you like before the due date.   

 

 

 

1. WHAT IS GOOD RESEARCH WRITING? 

(30 minutes)  

Assess good and bad samples.  If you were asked to complete this exercise when you applied for the course, please skip it.

2. HOW DO WE LEARN FROM SECTIONS?  

(30 minutes-1 hour)

Describe how you read sections in the body of the paper.  Summarize sections from papers in the literature.

 

3. STRATEGY FOR YOUR PAPER

(30 minutes to do it, but spend a few days thinking about it beforehand.)  

We recommend you submit a version of your answers ASAP, and once you get an email on submission, use the link in it to edit your answers later.

Please bring a printout of your final answers to the first day of class.  You will get an email with your answers each time you submit.