Many students prefer coursework, because it’s a chance to showcase your academic abilities away from the high-pressured environment of the exam room, making it ideal for those who don’t perform to the best of their abilities in exams.However, the time you have available for coursework, in contrast with the time constraints of the exam room, can lull some students into a false sense of security.
In this article, we look at how to produce excellent coursework, from planning to proofreading.
GCSE and A-level coursework typically takes the form of an extended essay or project.
The research phase for some subjects may involve site visits for gathering data, so allow plenty of time for this, particularly if you need your parents to drive you somewhere to do so.
If it’s a scientific experiment you’re conducting for your coursework, you’ll need to pay careful attention to planning the experiment using rigorous scientific methods (also noting what Health and Safety precautions you are taking), as well as reading up on the background and theory so that you have an idea of what to expect from the outcome of your experiment.
It’ll look slightly different from an essay plan for science subjects and others that revolve around project work, but the principle is the same: plan out what order you’re going to present your information in.
For big projects, this is particularly important, because with a lot of information to convey, you risk being disorganised and waffling.
Once you’ve completed your research, the process of writing up begins.
Before you get down to the actual writing, however, it’s advisable to write a plan for how you’re going to structure it – essentially an essay plan for English coursework and other subjects for which the coursework is based on an extended essay.
Coursework is arguably just as challenging as exams, just in different ways – and, given the fact that you have more time, much higher standards are expected of you in coursework than in exams.
Careful planning and research are needed for successful coursework, as well as strong data-gathering and essay-writing skills.