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I've just been set my second one and I'm pulling my hair out already. The learning outcomes are like another language. I'm going to just do spider diagrams or something I don't even know where to start!! 😢
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I always refer to the lecture powerpoint, my own personal notes from the lecture, and the module guide/learning outcomes. I then make a rough plan. Based on this plan, i research and use a combination of journals, books, policies and professional guidelines to support my points.

We all work/learn differently, but the above works best for me. *
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Contact your lecturer or personal tutor if you have any difficulty.
Break the title down into parts. What is the main body of the title? What is giving you clues of what to research?

Use spider diagrams or mind maps.
Put key words up.
Write what you plan to put on the introduction, main body and the conclusion.
Look at the marking criteria, look at the learning outcomes in the module handbook.
Look at what topics you have covered as the essay will relate to this.
Do some extra reading. Many degrees are all about that extra reading. That self directed learning.
I personally make a plan of what topics need included and what the marking criteria are and remember to pee to a certain extent (point evidence explain).

But always contact someone if you're struggling. That's what they're there for.

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I usually print out lecture slides and handouts.. Whatever is available. I make a mind map and write down all my thoughts. Then I decide how I'm going to structure this essay, am I going to use quotes? If yes, what books do I need? I use headings like introduction, main and conclusion etc. Then I number my points and use quotes to back it up, hopefully so it'll flow!

I also use colour coding and highlighters to help me make notes as I find that easier. This might work you?
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(Original post by wbnurse)
I've just been set my second one and I'm pulling my hair out already. The learning outcomes are like another language. I'm going to just do spider diagrams or something I don't even know where to start!! 😢
I would write a very rough plan with headings and a few bullet points. I'd also make a quick list of the key policies I knew I'd need to include. E.g. NMC Code, NHS Constitution etc.Then I'd heavily research the topic I wanted to write on, and on a separate document/piece of paper, make bullet points of direct quotes or points I may want to include, and allow any findings from my research to lead the way I wrote and structured my essay. Then I'd adjust my original plan, and write my essay. Turning the bullet points I'd written earlier into full sentences and adding in my own input to that. A little more research was sometimes needed along the way but not much. If I'd researched well enough, I could quite easily write a first draft within a day.

I never used spider diagrams or anything like that. Just two sheets of paper and some intense research. That's not to say graphically presenting things in diagrams is wrong, it just didn't work for me - I've always been more of a list maker. Try a variety of ways of planning and find a method that works for you
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Tbh, it all depends on the assignment brief and how broad or narrow it is. What's your assignment on op?
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Thanks for all replies! Not been on here much been too busy. All great helps. I still haven't found my learning style at all. At the minute I can't even break down my learning outcomes because I simple don't understand what it's asking me to do. Moonkat it's basically ethics and morals and how it's applied to healthcare and what contemporary influences have etc. I know they word it a lot more difficult than is needed and I know if they explained it in laymans terms I'd probably get it but at the minute I'm struggling. Doesn't help that I also have another and 4 exams all in 8 weeks either but hey ho that's the fun of nursing!
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Well look at your title and pick out the key words and what you understand them to be etc and then the doing words as such...like critically analyse, or examine...etc.

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