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Write Right - Wednesday February 7th 2018

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This year, SLD hosted the second Write Right assignment writing event for undergraduates on February 7th 2018. SLD worked with Trinity College lecturers, Library staff and the SU Education Officer to deliver a programme of talks and workshops aimed at helping undergraduate students to improve their assignment writing.

Prof Mike Wride, Academic Developer with CAPSL, opened the event with an engaging and motivating address during which he urged students to see assignment writing not only as a means of getting grades but as a way of deepening their knowledge of a topic as well as bringing their own creativity to their writing thereby enjoying the process more. Prof Wride then introduced the panel of speakers - Prof Sylvia Draper, Prof Gloria Kirwin, Prof Lorraine Leeson and Prof Paul Delaney who each talked about what they consider to be important in assignment writing. The passion of each lecturer for their subject and their desire to help students to improve their skills was very evident from the engaging, funny and informative talk each gave. Each lecturer's talk was drawn from their own extensive experience in grading assignments, and while the talks were very different and came from different disciplines, it was interesting that they often came across similar issues with student assignments. The lecturers presented some very useful tips that students could take on-board to improve their assignment writing.

The talks were followed by a very lively Q&A session with the speakers, Prof Wride and the SU Education Officer, Alice McPhearson, where students were able to ask the panel any questions they had pertaining to assignment writing.

After tea/coffee/biscuit break, the sessions focussed on the different processes of assignment writing such as planning and structuring, building content and developing arguments, science writing and referencing/plagiarism.

The 2nd Write Right event proved to be a very successful one, judging by the very positive feedback from the attendees.

SLD wishes to thank all those who participated in making the event the success it was.

Student Feedback

Feedback from attendees was very positive with comments such as :

  • 'I would love to have gone to these lectures years ago...a must for undergrad students' - 4th year student
  • 'Truly eye opening. I feel really privileged to have this opportunity' - 1st year student
  • 'This should be compulsory for JF students. It can often feel like we have to flounder on our own in terms of academics' - 1st student
  • 'It exceeded my expectations, writing essays was the worst and most stressful aspect of college but now I feel that I will have no problems in the future.' - 1st year student
  • 'So many good, direct and detailed tips. A lot of my questions coming into this were answered by the presentations.' 1st year student
  • 'As an Erasmus student, it was very heplful'- 3rd year student

Slide Presentations

For slides on the presentations click on links below.

What Lecturers want - Prof Lorraine Leeson

Writing Essays - Prof Paul Delaney

Science Writing - Prof Sylvia Draper

Assignment Writing - Prof Gloria Kirwan

Structuring Essays - Maeve O'Regan

Developing content, building arguments - Dr Tamara O'Connor

Science Writing - Dr Alan Tuffery



Feedback from last year's students (2017) include:

  • 'Make a day like this obligatory for first years! I'm in 4th year, should have done this at the beginning'
  • 'Great day, great information, excellent scholars speaking. Overall Student Learning a great workshop.'
  • ' Each speaker gave their own tips and advice which I liked. It has given me the motivation to improve my assignments. '
  • 'While writing I had reached many roadblocks. I've a better understanding of how to approach assignments and independently sourse material to use. '



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Last updated 6 March 2018 by Student Learning Development (Email) .