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The percentage indicates the amount of text in your essay that directly matches text in the Turnitin database. Thus, a long reference list, a lot of quotes, and the repetition of common phrases can result in a high percentage of matches.  If the matches are taken from an outside source and have not been referenced then this could indicate a problem. To avoid this, make sure you include in-text citations (or footnotes) for direct quotes and paraphrased information and include a full reference list for all sources cited in the assignment.   For information on interpreting Turnitin reports see p. 4 of http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/fms/NCTL/Turnitin/Student_submission_to_TII_070311.pdf and for more about what the percentages mean...Read more

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Personal communications are unpublished sources and includes e-mails, conversations, lectures, interviews, and tutorials. Do not include personal communications in the reference list because they aren’t published so they can’t be accessed...Read more

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A thesis statement is a succinct statement of your argument, which should directly answer the question. One good way to ensure that you give a direct answer to the question is to take the key words from the question and turn them into a statement...Read more

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StudyUp sessions next week are as follows:   In your own words: How to avoid plagiarism Monday 5th December 2016 7:30am 12 noon Don’t shout, just argue – Refining the thesis statement and perfecting those paragraphs Tuesday 6th...Read more

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  To get what you want out the reading you do it is important to be active. Just running your eyes over the page won’t get you far! In order to be active think about the following before you start reading: What is your purpose? Why are you...Read more

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StudyUp sessions next week are as follows:   Be in top form: essay writing Monday 28th November 2016: 7:30am and 12 noon   Referencing: Don’t lose easy marks Tuesday 29th November 2016: 7:30am and 12 noon   These are...Read more

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Spend time to save time!

November 23, 2016

Spending a little time each week planning how you’ll use your study time will help you save time overall.   Make a study timetable and fill it in with specific tasks (e.g. read and take notes on chapter 1). See the example timetable at...Read more

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StudyUp sessions next week are as follows:   Hit the ground running: Starting Study: How to get going & Time management skills Monday 21st November 7:30am Monday 21st November 12:00 noon   Death by Textbook: Strategic...Read more

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There are lots of ways to organise your revision notes. Here are a few tips.   Consider using different way of organising your information (such as charts, diagrams, matrixes etc.). Think actively about your material (active categorisation)...Read more

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Get revising

October 21, 2016

This is a great time to start revising. Here’s one way of getting organised: It’s a good idea to make a timetable. Next gather all your notes together. Summarise the most important points. Looking at past exam papers will help you can work out...Read more

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