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Conf & OD Guidelines - Guidelines for Conferencing...

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Guidelines for Conferencing Individually, you should each prepare a question on some aspect of your draft paper that you are not entirely happy with or sure about. Don’t expect your tutor to supply authoritative answers as such. His or her role is to help activate your thinking processes such that you yourselves come to answers that you are happy with. The questions that you might table for discussion could focus on: Aspects of the argument (e.g. 'Is this a reasonable assumption?' or 'Are the grounds for this claim really sound?') Use of research data (e.g. 'How can we use the data from this particular source in building our case?'); Use of language (e.g. 'How do we avoid being so long-winded in this section?); and, Arrangement of the text (e.g. 'Should we separate these ideas and place them under separate headings?' or ‘Where would it be best to place this graphic’?) As you can see from these examples, the questions should be based upon a certain amount of reflection that you have already engaged in. Questions that merely pass the buck to your tutor without offering the possibility
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