In order to prepare the exams during next week, I would like to discuss two issues in this blog, including writing a summary and writing an exposition essay.
Firstly, I will write the issue of writing a summary. Writing a summary is an important part of IRW, which asks us to compare the differences and the similarities between the two readings and write these logically. The problems for me are that I cannot compare and contrast the information of the articles exactly and the summary does not look logical and cohesively. Therefore, I reflect that what are the main reasons of this problem and I think the causes are that I cannot find out the differences and the similarities from the two readings accurately. I can identify the main ideas and the position of each article, but I cannot link the two readings together and then accurately analyse the relationship between them. In previous practices of IRW, I wrote the main ideas of one of the two articles firstly, and then I wrote the similar points and the contrasting ideas of another article according to the main ideas of the first reading when I made a plan. After this, I wrote the summary according the plan. This method is useful but sometimes I cannot find all similar ideas and the contrasting ideas because I do not find all the main ideas of the second reading. Thus, I need to make some changes to solve the problem.
1. Reading every article to find out the positions and the main ideas
2. Listing the position and the main ideas of each reading
3. Identifying the different and similar points by comparing these ideas
4. Writing a summary
1. Presenting and comparing the positions of the articles
2. Comparing different and similar main ideas
3. Using conjunctions accurately to link sentences
The second issue that I will talk about is writing an exposition essay in an exam. It is difficult to write an essay in an exam, which requires us to think supporting ideas by ourselves replace finding supporting points by reading academic articles and to finish writing in limited time. Hence, the plan and brainstorming are essential in exams.
1. Utilising the brainstorming time to find some supporting points
2. Making a plan to make sure the structure of an essay, the scope and the supporting ideas
3. Writing the essay and working on that if the evidence and supporting ideas relate to the topic, and explain why and how these support the position and topic sentences
4. Proofreading, correcting the language errors and checking that if the structure is logical and cohesively