Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Writing Essays at University - Drafting Your Essay Plan Have you ever borrowed some books to start your research and realised you did not know where to begin?

Have you ever spent time reading a great deal of information that in the end was irrelevant to the essay or assignment you were working on?

Have you ever started to write your essay and realised you had too much information on one topic, and not enough information on another topic?

If you write a first draft of your essay plan before you begin your research, you will be organised, prepared and save time.

You must write the first draft of your essay plan before you start your research. This will give your research direction and ultimately make it easier for you to write your essay. Having a plan will let you know what you need to research and how much research you need on each topic or subject that you will be writing about.

You will base this first draft of your essay plan on your essay question, and your current knowledge of your subject. It will not happen very often that you are asked to write an essay on a topic you know nothing about, since you will already be studying the subject and will normally have had one or more lectures or tutorials on the topic.

It is acceptable if your essay plan is rough or vague at this point, or if you do not have a great deal of detail. You will develop your essay plan (expanding it and including more detail) and possibly even change it as you go through the research process.

What does a first draft of an essay plan look like?

The first draft of your essay plan will show you what main topics you will discuss in your essay, how the essay will be structured, and roughly how many words you will spend on each part.

If your essay question was 'Is Critical Thinking relevant to the role of a Registered Nurse?' and you had to write 1,500 words, then your essay plan might look like this:

Essay question: 'Is Critical Thinking relevant to the role of a Registered Nurse?'
Essay length: 1,500 words

Introduction (150 words)

1) Thesis statement: Through an examination of the evidence, it is clear that Critical Thinking is highly relevant to the role of a Registered Nurse for a number of reasons.

2) Introduce main points or topics to be discussed: accuracy of diagnoses, patient outcomes, prevent and solve problems, communication

Topic 1: Accuracy of diagnoses (300 words)

Topic 2: Patient outcomes (300 words)

Topic 3: Prevent and solve problems (300 words)

Topic 4: Communication (300 words)

Conclusion (150 words)

1) Concluding statement: Thus, it can be seen that the concept of Critical Thinking is invaluable and highly relevant to Registered Nurses.

2) Sum up main points or topics that have been discussed: accuracy of diagnoses, patient outcomes, prevent and solve problems, communication

Introductions and conclusions

As you can see from the example essay plan above, an introduction and a conclusion will normally be approximately 10% of the word count of the entire essay. (This is a general guide and does not apply to essays longer than 5,000 words).

In order to be considered a true introduction your first paragraph must do two things: 1) answer the essay question in a clear statement (this is called your thesis statement) and 2) introduce the main points your essay will make to support your argument. You cannot discuss any major points or topics in your essay if you have not introduced them in your introduction. Also, you must discuss all your main points or topics in the order that you introduce them in your introduction. This helps to maintain the flow and structure of your essay.

Porta Potties & Porta Johns - Should I Rent One?

Portable toilets or as they are more commonly known, 'porta potties' is the collective name given to a wide range of toilet units that are usually used in places without a drainage system or fixed place to construct it in. Portable does not only mean that they are movable, it also means that they are considered temporary fixtures. A portable toilet is a common sight at construction locations, outdoor rock concerts and music festivals as well as in a number of camp sites across the country.

Porta potties are available in a number of shapes, sizes and configurations by which I mean that you can get a trailer with 6 to 7 portable urinals or you can go for single units in the form of a tent if you are setting them up outdoors on the traditional blue or yellow colored box that one sees so commonly at a number of construction sites. These toilets are usually made out of molded plastic and the more expensive ones have been built with the convenience of the user in mind. They have accessories like soap dispensers as well as inbuilt hand driers.

While some people prefer to buy their portable toilets brand-new, it may make sense to rent them in a number of cases and situations. For example, if you only need them for taking care of the guests at your outdoor wedding you would be better off renting a set of portable toilets for the occasion. However, if you need to get porta potties for longer than a couple of weeks then it would be best to buy a brand-new set of portable toilet units and once you're done using them, take them back to the dealer who you bought it from and have them buy it back. Many dealers will agree to such a deal at the onset of your agreement with them.