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Thank you If the assessor does not use e-mail send them a letter or contact them personally. 2.4 Unfair means The nature of the Part III essay is such that cheating is unlikely to occur. However, here are some guidelines for you to observe. (1) You are employing unfair means if you make substantial use of a source without making it clear that you are doing so, (I go into the mechanics of acknowledgement in the last section.) (2) You are employing unfair means if you make substantial use of an unpublished source. Thus you may not use an essay that you wrote for some other purpose or adapt part of someone else’s essay. (It is possible to imagine exceptions to this rule but you should not go against it without the explicit permission of your assessor.) (3) You are employing unfair means if you ask someone other than the assessor to help you improve or correct the mathematics of your essay. (4) You are not employing unfair means if you ask someone to read your essay with a view to removing grammatical errors and misprints of all kinds. (Use someone who is not an expert in the topic.) (5) You are not employing unfair means if you talk about your essay with other students or give a seminar based on your essay with questions at the end. If you are in any doubt whatsoever as to the propriety of anything that you wish to do you should at once consult your assessor or a senior member of staff. 2.5 Making a timetable Every substantial piece of work involves crises. The printer may break down for five days, the book you want may be out of the library or you may suddenly realise that the proof you worked out with so much labour has a gaping hole in the middle. Your timetable must leave room for such crises. Your timetable should also leave time for reflection. Every author’s man- ual contains the same advice, often in the same words. ‘When you have 7
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completed a draft let it sleep for a time before embarking on correction or rewriting.’ If you attack the same problem over and over again without rest you will always attack it in the same way. If you step away from it for a while and then return you may discover a new method of approach. Unfortunately you must hand in your essay by a certain date. (If you fail to do so, the examiners may simply refuse to consider it.) The obvious and correct advice is ‘start as early as possible and aim to finish as soon as possible’. One plausible timetable would call for you to read up during the Christmas holidays, to write your first draft in the second term, revise in the Easter holidays and hand in at the beginning of the third term leaving you free to concentrate on examination revision in the five or six week run up to your exams. 3 How to read a paper Why are bookshops filled with ‘self-help’ books? Evidently because people buy them. Why do people buy ‘self-help’ books? One reason must be to reassure themselves that they are not alone and that whatever their problem, from excessive shyness through to poor punctuation, it is one shared with many other people. I can give very little help with your problems in reading
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