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Unformatted text preview: How to Write a Part III Essay T. W. Korner Trinity Hall These unofficial notes replace an earlier set by Marj Batchelor which were becoming illegible through repeated photocopying. Many of the key pieces of advice are taken almost word for word from her notes though the elegant picture of a small crustacean has, I am afraid, vanished. I should be glad to have suggestions for additions, correc- tions and improvements (by e-mail to twk@dpmms.cam.ac.uk or oth- erwise) both from essay writers and essay markers. These notes were last revised in 2009. Contents 1 Introduction 3 1.1 What is the essay? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1.2 Essay length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 1.3 Shakespeare it is not . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1.4 Nor is it research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2 Technical points 6 2.1 How to count words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2.2 Meetings with your assessor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2.3 How to contact your assessor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2.4 Unfair means . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 2.5 Making a timetable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 3 How to read a paper 8 3.1 Why are mathematics papers hard to read? . . . . . . . . . . 8 3.2 How do we read a proof? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3.3 Understanding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3.4 Some papers are just long proofs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3.5 But all papers have context . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 3.6 A possible moral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 1 4 How to write your essay 11 4.1 Your purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 4.2 Your topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 4.3 The crustacean style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 4.4 Your outline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 4.5 Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 4.6 The introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 4.7 The conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 4.8 A note on omissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 4.9 Layout is important . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 4.10 But layout is no substitute for clear explanation . . . . . . . . 17 4.11 Stylistic points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 5 Starting, keeping going and stopping 19 5.1 Word processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 5.2 The first draft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 5.3 The daily task . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 5.4 What to do when you are stuck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 5.5 Transferring the first draft to your word processor . . . . . . . 21 5.6 Standard advice on word processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Standard advice on word processing ....
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2011 for the course MATH 201b taught by Professor Groah during the Fall '08 term at UC Davis.

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