Any UK students doing degree??? need assignment help

  1. hi everyone.

    im in 2nd yr of my degree and we now have to start critically discussing in our essays. are there any degree students out there who know how to do this properly??? i struggle with it, i don't know if i'm doing it right.

    if anyone is getting above 60% in their assignments, help me please :smilecoffeecup:

    any advice on writing them or pointers to helpful websites would be great.

    thanks everyone. xx
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  3. by   chzza
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    hi everyone.

    im in 2nd yr of my degree and we now have to start critically discussing in our essays. are there any degree students out there who know how to do this properly??? i struggle with it, i don't know if i'm doing it right.

    if anyone is getting above 60% in their assignments, help me please :smilecoffeecup:

    any advice on writing them or pointers to helpful websites would be great.

    thanks everyone. xx
    can anyone help?? even from overseas??? tutors aren't very helpful.
  4. by   mand1
    Hi Im a 2nd year in the UK and worried just like you about how to step up to level 2 writing. The easiest and best advice I was given is whereas Level 1 writing involved description of how you did things, Level 2 is all about WHY you are doing things, along with applying and discussing them (and NOT describing them). You have to identify underpinning knowledge about WHY, justify WHY you do it in a certain way etc. I'm emphasing WHY because if when you write a sentence you think to yourself WHY and then discuss it you will be on the right track. Explain/argue/talk about - using references obviously to support everything you say. Hope that helps, my average is 75 so I must be doing something right, although it could be down to pure luck lol

    Mandy x
  5. by   chzza
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    hi im a 2nd year in the uk and worried just like you about how to step up to level 2 writing. the easiest and best advice i was given is whereas level 1 writing involved description of how you did things, level 2 is all about why you are doing things, along with applying and discussing them (and not describing them). you have to identify underpinning knowledge about why, justify why you do it in a certain way etc. i'm emphasing why because if when you write a sentence you think to yourself why and then discuss it you will be on the right track. explain/argue/talk about - using references obviously to support everything you say. hope that helps, my average is 75 so i must be doing something right, although it could be down to pure luck lol

    mandy x
    75?? oh my god. is that for 2nd year too? do you wanna write mine . we,ve been told we have to critically discuss, i just don't know how to do it right. i was under the impression it meant finding evidence to back a theory up but then finding other research that refutes it- you know to start an argument. my tutor said that is totally wrong . so how do you do it??
  6. by   mand1
    Hi,

    75 is my overall average with 77 for year 2 so far but hey like I said it may be down to luck more than anything else...

    level 2 is simply looking at things in a greater depth than level 1 which is just description. It doesn't mean you have to form an argument for or against something, it could be though that you find opposing views and you can mention that but it really is discussing things more.

    I've copied and pasted this next bit from another student forum I visit so this is not my work but unfortunately don't know the original author to give them the credit.

    At level 1 it is expected that work will be largely descriptive:

    Describe - to give a detailed account of, to represent something orally or by writing.

    Example of description: (level 1 skill)
    Nurses frequently fail to utilise research in their practice (Funk et al 1993).

    Level 2 work should demonstrate discussion/analysis:

    Discuss - to debate, argue, talk from all angles.
    Analyse - separate into basic parts, scrutinise in detail.

    Example of discussion/analysis: (level 2 skill)
    Funk et al (1993), in a study of research utilisation in the USA, found that nurses frequently fail to utilise research in their practice. The study took a random sample of nurses from the US register of nurses and administered a 33-item structured questionnaire that yielded numerical data. These data highlighted the main barriers and facilitators to research utilisation.


    With level 3 you take level 2 a bit further.
    Level 1---Bloggs (1999) says grass is green.
    Level 2--Bloggs (1999) says grass is green. However Smith (2000) says it can vary in colour.
    Level 3--Bloggs (1999) says grass is green. He has produced a survey whereby each morning he looked at his lawn and documented the colour. However Smith (2000)says it can vary in colour. His longtitudinal study showed that the grass on his lawn changed colour throughout the year. These studies suggest that grass is normally green, but there may be factors affecting it allowing it to vary in colour at times. A closer examination of Smith's (2000) study shows that his grass was affected by the amount of rain and sun throughout the year. It, therefore, seems we should bear such factors in mind when considering the colour of grass

    I really hope that has helped you, it certainly made things alot clearer for me.

    Mandy
  7. by   chzza
    Quote from mand1
    hi,

    75 is my overall average with 77 for year 2 so far but hey like i said it may be down to luck more than anything else...

    level 2 is simply looking at things in a greater depth than level 1 which is just description. it doesn't mean you have to form an argument for or against something, it could be though that you find opposing views and you can mention that but it really is discussing things more.

    i've copied and pasted this next bit from another student forum i visit so this is not my work but unfortunately don't know the original author to give them the credit.

    at level 1 it is expected that work will be largely descriptive:

    describe - to give a detailed account of, to represent something orally or by writing.

    example of description: (level 1 skill)
    nurses frequently fail to utilise research in their practice (funk et al 1993).

    level 2 work should demonstrate discussion/analysis:

    discuss - to debate, argue, talk from all angles.
    analyse - separate into basic parts, scrutinise in detail.

    example of discussion/analysis: (level 2 skill)
    funk et al (1993), in a study of research utilisation in the usa, found that nurses frequently fail to utilise research in their practice. the study took a random sample of nurses from the us register of nurses and administered a 33-item structured questionnaire that yielded numerical data. these data highlighted the main barriers and facilitators to research utilisation.


    with level 3 you take level 2 a bit further.
    level 1---bloggs (1999) says grass is green.
    level 2--bloggs (1999) says grass is green. however smith (2000) says it can vary in colour.
    level 3--bloggs (1999) says grass is green. he has produced a survey whereby each morning he looked at his lawn and documented the colour. however smith (2000)says it can vary in colour. his longtitudinal study showed that the grass on his lawn changed colour throughout the year. these studies suggest that grass is normally green, but there may be factors affecting it allowing it to vary in colour at times. a closer examination of smith's (2000) study shows that his grass was affected by the amount of rain and sun throughout the year. it, therefore, seems we should bear such factors in mind when considering the colour of grass

    i really hope that has helped you, it certainly made things alot clearer for me.

    mandy
    thats great thanks. i really needed to see an example of how its done. i'm just starting my next lot of essays now. would you mind if i sent you a couple of pages when i've done them?? it'd be good to have someone on the outside to look over them and actually be honest. just so i know i'm on the right track. i haven't done them yet so it wouldn't be for a while.
  8. by   mand1
    Yes, that'll be okay, good luck with them..

    Mandy
  9. by   chzza
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    yes, that'll be okay, good luck with them..

    mandy
    thank you so much

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