The Perfect Essay(as described to me by my Geography A'Level Teacher, D.Rhodes, 1979)
After McKim, 1980.
Defer judgment. Don't be critical of others.
Aim for quantity. e.g. 30 thumb-nail sketches in 60 minutes
- Idea Generation
- Evaluation phase
- Display your ideas
- Offer constructive comment
- Try different tactics
- Compare sketches
- Make written notes
How many of my early essays turned out.
Adapted from McKim, R.H. (1980) Experiences in Visual Thinking, Belmont, C.A. PWS Publishers (Wadsworth Inc.) pp. 125-7
How many of my essays turned out even as an undergraduate: journalism. Heavy on the main idea but light on facts.
No introduction, no conclusion. What a shame.
Skewed. How those with a political stance write.
Short, but beautifully formed. More of a blog post than an essay.
A bunch of ideas that show potential, though none of them are relevant to the question. Sounds like me. I do get distraced. I like variety.
The seasonal distraction. Could be Easter or Summer, Halloween or Guy Faulkes. Something in the news or on your mind. It has nothing to do with the assignment. With a TMA deadline and a job interview coinciding I re-wrote the TMA coming out of the interview and just scraped a pass. Enthusiastic, full of ideas but no referencing.
Anyone like to offer some more:
New commentI love this post! I dread to think what my essay flowers would look like. Tutor triffids possibly.