I received good news last week - I actually scored a distinction for my 6,000 words assignment on PPSMI (that I wrote about in an earlier issue
). Though I felt like it was half-baked, my tutor apparently felt like it was good enough to be awarded a distinction. Hey - who am I to say no to a distinction, right?
The mark is still preliminary at the moment though, as it has to be externally moderated at the end of the program, but, it was still a good surprise.
On a different topic - I went to see my tutor recently (to discuss possible topics for my dissertation), and she said some things that made me think.
“You are not a natural writer. I hope you don’t mind me saying this. You are a good verbal conversationalist, yes, and I know you blog a lot. But you are not a good writer, not academically.”
This is not really a new thing to know, actually. I’ve always knew that while I actually love writing, I can’t actually write a decent academic paper. It’s definitely something that I know I need to really work hard on, especially if I ever want to seriously consider doing my PhD (though that idea is shoved to the back of my head right now).
Heck, I know I need to work on it now, especially to ensure that I score well in this term’s modules and for my dissertation over the summer.
It takes a great deal of mental work to force myself to write good content academically. At times, I feel like a different person. It was not Syaza Nazura who was writing the paper, but instead a stranger. It’s a personal mental struggle, trying to hold myself at bay and writing from a different persona.
But, oh well. All in the life of a student, no?