Newbie - stuck on Comms Personal Writing!

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Newbie - stuck on Comms Personal Writing!

Postby charlottea94 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:58 pm

Hiya! My name's Charlotte, I'm 19 and have just started the Access to Primary Teaching on the Humanities Pathway.
Basically I've come to a complete standstill on the essay in the first task for comms - personal writing - I don't understand if the 1500-2000 word count is for tasks 1,2&3 or just for task 1.2 - if so I have really far to go as I have only written 500 words for my first essay excluding pros and cons! For the research I have just copied and pasted from web pages and highlighted the parts relevant to me - and made notes from a YouTube clip and a highlighted through a section from an online teacher's magazine, then in the essay written up the roles and responsibilities, entry requirements, personal qualities and potential career pathways for a primary teacher using this research.

Is this the right thing to do? I'm worried I'm not going into enough depth and as I really want to get a distinction any advice would be really really helpful - sorry if this sounds stupid but I'm new here and feel a bit like a rabbit in the headlights!

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Re: Newbie - stuck on Comms Personal Writing!

Postby jtsnumberonefan » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:17 am

Hi Charlotte,
From memory, I think that's total word count, but you can email your tutor and check, that is what they are there for. Your research notes sound fine. It's always a good idea to include draft copies of your essay and essay plans to show your progression. When you've finished, check your work against the criterion to ensure you have addressed all the details. I got distinction for mine; however I did spend loads of time on it and redrafted several times, as I was new to essay writing and not very confident!
Good luck,

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Re: Newbie - stuck on Comms Personal Writing!

Postby Vickystar » Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:09 pm

Hi Charlotte,

I'm doing this essay now and run into the same problems as you! How did you do in the end?

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Re: Newbie - stuck on Comms Personal Writing!

Postby Bethaney » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:14 pm

Hi, I have just started my course and been given my passwords etc for the communication - personal writing and to say the least I'm a little overwhelmed! It all seems so confusing and I'm not really sure how it is supposed to be laid out or anything. I have been out of education for a while and would really appreciate a little assistance/guidance if anyone has any?
Thanks in advance!!

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Re: Newbie - stuck on Comms Personal Writing!

Postby Rhia Hayday » Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:36 am


With Personal Writing, remember that this is your prep for your university application. The more depth and detail you go into, the better for you not just in your grading for this assessment, but also for your application to uni.

It's broken down into sections (What do you want to do?, How do you write a successful application?, How do you succeed at an interview?) - present your work sectioned like this if you like.

So conduct your research into teaching (current issues, pros/cons, changes eg SEN reform, new National Curriculum, political issues etc such as Gove being sacked and union hatred of him and the Tories in general - eg does the universal hatred of Gove mean that the new National Curriculum in Primary schools will fail? The Guardian Education section has lots of good pieces by teachers/heads/education specialists that would be good to explore). Keep a record of your research in a bibliography, and make notes on what you read. Use spider diagrams, mind maps, notes etc as the units suggest. Try out lots of different methods early on in your Diploma, as they will help you find your own niche/way of working. Often what we think we do best isn't always right (I always used to write reams and reams of detailed notes. It would take me hours, and I was really diligent about it being neat - this would surprise you if you knew me! But actually, mindmaps work best for me. They are quick, I remember where I've written and read things better, and they make more sense than my over the top note making) - so it's a good use of your time to try out different methods and not get stuck only trying one.
This research is what you'll use for task 1b, where you write up your research as a mini essay. Evaluate, debate, analyse sources, and reference. This is what we're looking for in a Distinction piece of work.

That's section 1 done. Now we move onto section 2. Complete each individual piece of work here systematically, as they feed off each other. Make sure you highlight relevant and useful transferable skills etc. Often people don't realise they have the skills set that they have. Especially adult learners, who have a wealth of experience that A level students just don't. Eg you're managing home-life, working and studying = excellent time management. You worked in a shoe shop for 10 years = excellent communication skills, working with children in sometimes challenging situations, being calm and collected, professional in your approach, works well in a team etc. Really make use of your CV and personal profile here, as they will contribute to your personal statement.

For your personal statement, use UCAS to help and guide you (they are more than just applying to university), the DLC section on UCAS on our website, and your uni's websites. They may say what they want to see and even how they want it laid out. You practice UCAS form goes after this, and then you're onto Section 3 - the interview.

Think of Personal Writing as your application portfolio. This is what you should use for your application prep in 4 month's time, and your interview prep in 8 month's time. It shouldn't be a static assessment - you should come back to it and use it when you're applying.

Really hope this helps
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