Essays and Critiques give you the opportunity to examine something you have been studying and form your opinion about it. Often you have to choose your own scope or perspective, and use evidence from lectures and your reading to develop an argument. This means that your thesis or evaluation may well be different from others writing the same assignment.
The Primary Purpose of this group is Developing Powers of Independent Reasoning.
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What do you mean by Developing Powers of Independent Reasoning?
Listen to the discussion between a student (S) and a lecturer (L) and use the words given to fill in the blanks. You can listen to the audio at the top of the page as many times as you want and you can pause it if you need more time to put the answers into the spaces.
S: So what do you mean by developing powers of independent reasoning?
L: Well, this is where you form your own ideas. You have to read what other people have said, but then you consider the arguments and you make a case for what you believe and you try and persuade your lecturers why your arguments are worth writing.
S: So I've got to have an argument then.
L: Yes, so what you write will be different from what other people in your class write.
S: Ooh, I see.