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How to be Original

How to be Original
Transform Your Assignments and Achieve Better Grades

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September 2023 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Originality is needed to achieve top marks in assignments, but what does it even mean?

Simply put, it opens doors: to making a difference; to excellent marks, to success. You’ll often find marking criteria stating you need to make an ‘original contribution’, ‘show originality’, or ‘evidence of originality’, yet it is not taught or even explained. This book addresses this, providing you with the techniques and methods you need to transform your work and achieve better grades. It will even give you the upper hand in the age of AI. 

Key features include:

·       Diverse examples of originality in writing

·       “Try this” exercises, allowing you to develop your skills

·       Different ways of being original, such as taking photos and drawing maps

·       Originality in different forms of assignments, such as presentations and exams

With the guidance in this book, anyone can be original.

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

Chapter One: Preparations
Chapter Two: Six Ways to Make Your Work Original
Chapter Three: Original Words
Chapter Four: Original Methods
Chapter Five: Creative Practice
Chapter Six: Presentations, Group work, Dissemination, and Impact
Staying Original


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Chapter 3: Original Words

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