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Uncovering The Main Idea

In your research work try to focus on things that do have some utility might not be you know useful to every housewife it might be a proof technique that is useful to somebody in semantics of programming languages right so but useful for something right you could just be an amazing genius is going to do work that’s only recognized in 50 years time but it’s a high-risk strategy all right let’s just let’s go on so do keep making out asking questions making comments is good it much more fun for me but so idea idea in a paper try to write a paper about a single idea right if you have ten ideas like ten papers do not like one paper with ten ideas squished down to a form in which nobody can understand them right having more ideas is good. Learn how to focus on what`s important on Edusson.

But try to say if you read a paper do this whenever you read a paper what is the idea that’s in this paper when you write a paper thing what is the idea I’m trying to convey if you don’t have a clear idea of what at that idea is your readers will not either right so it’s a so good sanity check I think and sometimes you may not know exactly what it is to begin with but by there’s only done you must I think and so one way to do this actually is to write a sentence in your paper somewhere that says the main idea of this paper is right and then your thought then you’re forced to think oh oh how do I finish this sentence so just try putting that at the beginning of section three or something yes any contribution so they make a couple of small contributions can you say that one idea but many contributions well.

so I want to talk a bit more about contributions in a second but I would I think it is possible to write good papers that have sort of many smaller ideas somehow but it’s harder to do it well so and everything I say today I should have said this to begin with I’m going to as it were character to your the situation I’m going to make sort of strong unequivocal statements that of course are not really true about every paper or even every good paper but they’re just the direction in which I have found most profitable to do do of course you can disobey every suggestion I make and still like a great paper but but yeah so I think the the sense of trying to identify an idea if you can is really good and if you can’t you may say it’s still the paper I want to write go for it right one thing about process two before we get onto content here is the research plan that most people follow they have an idea they do some research and then they write the paper that seems logical.

How to write a perfect IELTS essay conclusion

What we’re talking about today is writing a conclusion for an IELTS exam or a CAE exam, so I’m going to give you two ways to write conclusions so that when you get to the end, you don’t just sort of put a full stop that doesn’t really say anything extra, that doesn’t feel like a conclusion. Because when you write a conclusion, a good conclusion has a different tone, there’s something that feels finished about it. And more generally, your conclusion should be your last chance to impress, to show that examiner all that English that you know and how fluent you are when you’re writing in English, and you should leave the reader with an additional thought in the end, ideally, when you’re writing a conclusion. So let’s look at a typical IELTS kind of question.

“Some people think that parents should teach their children to be good members of society. However, others believe school is the best place to learn this.” And then the IELTS question would say: “Share your experience, and give reasons for your answers.” So let’s imagine that you’ve already written your essay. So, how do you begin your conclusion? The… The first way I’m going to tell you, I’m going to call it the “As I have discussed” conclusion, and there are three parts to writing this conclusion. And I’m giving you the structure so that you can see how you can put a conclusion together just by putting different pieces in there. And now, this is… This is great for an IELTS essay. It’s not a super imaginative kind of conclusion that would be great at university, but for IELTS, it’s… It’s good for IELTS.

So, here are the three parts for this conclusion: “As I have discussed”; then: “However” sentence with “I” or, you know, using your subjectivity, basically; and then making a moral or social observation in the first conditional. So let’s have a look. So, “As I have discussed”, what we’re doing is we’re just taking that phrase, basically, and this shows the tone… This establishes the tone of conclusion: “As I have discussed”. You’re basically saying: “Well, I already told you all of this, but now I’m summarizing.”

“As I have discussed, there are advantages and disadvantages to the question.” I’ve shown both sides of the argument. You could just learn that, you could learn that whole phrase to begin a conclusion. What do you follow it with? You follow it with a “However” sentence. So, there may be advantages and disadvantages, but there’s a catch. “However, I think parents should be responsible for teaching children to be good members of society.” So this is you saying: “Yeah, I see both sides. This is good about it, that’s good about the other side. But, you know, for me and in my opinion”, because now we’re using your subjectivity by saying: “I think”, you can… You can finally make your position clear, make your position known. Maybe in the rest of the essay, this is discursive… This is a discursive essay. You’ve been showing both sides of the argument. But if you write your essay in a way where you don’t use: “I think”, “I believe” in the rest of the essay before, it can be quite powerful just to use “I think” once at the end in your conclusion.

So, again: “However, I think parents should be responsible for teaching children to be good members of society.” That bit’s done. What do we do next? Well, sometimes people like to end essays by giving a grand statement about morals and the world, so you can also do this in your IELTS exam. And this is what I’m talking about when I say: “Make a moral or social observation”.