Ch 2: Elements of Prewriting: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Elements of Prewriting chapter of this Technical Writing Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about the elements of prewriting. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach the various prewriting tips and strategies that are required in a typical technical writing course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other technical writing work.
  • Identify the prewriting concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our Technical Writing Tutoring Solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about prewriting elements and earn better grades. This resource can help students, including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding paraphrasing, research methods, the drawing of conclusions, the process of assessing a source's credibility or any other elements of prewriting topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their technical writing learning
  • Prefer learning about technical writing visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their elements of prewriting unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in technical writing
  • Don't have access to their technical writing teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning about prewriting elements simple and fun.
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  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live English tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
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  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives

  • Discover how to clarify the message's purpose.
  • Gain the ability to tailor your message based on your analysis of the audience.
  • Choose a communication channel such as visual, written, oral or electronic.
  • Utilize primary and secondary research.
  • Discover various research sources for prewriting a technical document.
  • Vet your sources for validity.
  • Evaluate research sources such as databases, blogs and the World Wide Web.
  • Learn how to get information by conducting interviews or taking surveys.
  • Conduct research by experimenting or observing.
  • Discover when to paraphrase or summarize information.
  • Learn about the process of drawing conclusions.
  • Discover the importance of citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.

12 Lessons in Chapter 2: Elements of Prewriting: Tutoring Solution
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Determining the Purpose of Your Message: Inform, Persuade & Good Will

1. Determining the Purpose of Your Message: Inform, Persuade & Good Will

Determining the purpose of your message is the first step in deciding what you want to say and how you want to say it. It is essential to choose whether to inform, persuade or offer goodwill via a message in the workplace.

Analyzing Your Audience and Adapting Your Message: Purpose, Process & Strategy

2. Analyzing Your Audience and Adapting Your Message: Purpose, Process & Strategy

In order for a message to be effective, it has to be impactful, clear and relatable to an audience. Learn about some key steps to analyzing an audience in order to identity the correct way to deliver and write a message.

Choosing Your Channel of Communication: Oral, Written, Visual & Electronic

3. Choosing Your Channel of Communication: Oral, Written, Visual & Electronic

Sometimes how you deliver information is just as important as what information you deliver to an audience. It is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages to the four different types of communication channels: oral, written, visual and electronic.

Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research

4. Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research

An individual's ability to support messages with primary and secondary research for business communication is a much needed skill. There are some key differences between primary and secondary research and how the information can be acquired, utilized, and help create an effective message.

Tips for Locating Research Materials

5. Tips for Locating Research Materials

The process of preparing a research paper for academic or employment purposes can be a difficult task. There are some basic tips for how to locate research materials such as online, books, periodicals, etc.

Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

6. Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

In the business world, any research material must have support that can provide validity and reliability. The support must be credible and have documentation to show that it is well-researched, professional, peer-reviewed and recent.

Finding & Evaluating Sources for Research

7. Finding & Evaluating Sources for Research

Not everything you read on the Internet is true. This video will help you navigate through different online sources and evaluate the validity of those sources to ensure that you can trust the information you use as part of your research.

Conducting Surveys and Interviews: Explanation & Purpose

8. Conducting Surveys and Interviews: Explanation & Purpose

Conducting surveys and interviews can help many companies solve business problems by the creation of helpful primary data. Qualitative data is meaningful as it allows more detailed opinions, observations and information that allow better insight into making the best decisions.

Research Methods: Observation, Focus Groups & More

9. Research Methods: Observation, Focus Groups & More

Primary research methods allow you to go beyond the general information you can obtain through secondary sources. This video provides explanations of several primary research methods, including observations, inspections, experiments, surveys, and interest groups.

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

10. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.

Analyzing, Applying, and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make Recommendations

11. Analyzing, Applying, and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make Recommendations

In this lesson, we'll explore how companies analyze, apply and draw conclusions from research to solve problems. Learn how effective recommendations can help a business survive and thrive.

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

12. How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

Plagiarism is a very serious matter in both academia and professional writing. Plagiarism in an academic setting can lead to you failing a course or being removed from school completely. Plagiarism in professional writing can lead to being fired from a job or finding yourself in court being sued. Let's figure out how to avoid this issue!

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