synthesis essay explanation video

synthesis essay explanation video

2020.11.16

hello everybody dr. Jones here and the purpose of today’s video is to talk a little bit about the synthesis essay that you’re going to have to write for your first paper for this particular class so I want to explain the goals of the assignment the process that you go through to write the paper and a couple of the requirements as well you can find these details on the assignment sheet that is in the same page that you’re watching this video in so look for the assignment she read it print it out if you’re a visual concrete person and you need that paper reminder highlight it up if you need to but essentially become very familiar with the assignment sheet watch this video several times if you have to keep coming back to it if you need to in order to make sure you have a good grasp of the requirements and the goals of this particular paper so you should have already started learning a little bit about synthesis in this week’s materials so you have an idea that synthesis is all about taking the best ideas from a variety of different perspectives in order to come to a conclusion or solve a problem it’s a way to create a new stance or a new idea on an issue so one of the main goals in your synthesis essay is not to simply say hey I agree with this person over here or I agree with this person over here and then just take everything that they’ve said as your own stance no that is not synthesizing that is not creation of new ideas that’s just saying you agree with ideas that already exist instead what you want to do is to take the best ideas or the concerns from each of the different perspectives and meld them together mesh them together in order to create something new which is your own individual stance on the subject it’s hard right you can’t just say I agree with this person that’s the hard part about synthesis but you guys can do it the Allanon baking book and myself are here to help you do it so how do you do this thing this creation of a new idea or a new stance through synthesis well the paper asks you to follow a particular process in order to accomplish this goal the first thing you want to do is ask a synthesis question this is very much like a research question so if you’ve ever written a paper from a research question then you’re gonna know what a synthesis question is it’s an open-ended question that asks about a topic or problem that you’re interested in or curious about now keep in mind all research starts from curiosity all research starts from a question or problem something you don’t know but you want to find out we don’t research things we already know right why would we do that so we need to be curious but uninformed about our topic that we choose for this paper about the question that we ask for this paper another reason that we need to be curious but uninformed about our topic is because I’m going to ask you to use this same topic throughout all three of the major papers for this course so you’ll be writing on this topic for the synthesis essay for the argument essay and for the major research paper at the end of the class so you want to make sure it’s a topic you don’t get bored with but you also want to make sure that the topic you can learn lots about that you don’t know a lot about already so that you can grow and learn as a researcher as a writer and as a human being right so ask a question you’re curious about but uninformed about also make sure it’s open-ended you don’t want to ask any yes-or-no questions so um a question like going off the top of my head um do is smoking back for you right there’s already lots of research out there that says the smoking is bad for you so that might be a pretty simply answered question that hasn’t yes or no answer we don’t want those types of questions what we want to do is ask open-ended questions that we don’t know the answers yet to so a question that might instead be more useful to ask is why do people continue to smoke despite research this is it’s bad for you right so when you’re doing the assignment for this week the daily I think it’s your writing assignment where you’re asked to compose a couple of research questions synthesis questions to get your paper off to a good start constantly ask yourself is this a question that can be answered with a yes or no answer and if it is it’s probably not appropriate for this assignment so begin the process of writing this paper with an open-ended synthesis question next we’re going to head to the Internet and to the databases and we’re going to start researching for this paper and you’ll complete a search terms assignment which is I believe a research activity for this week and a annotated bibliography which is another research activity for this week so all of the daily activities the writing activities research activities and reading journals that you’ll be completing during this time period while you’re working on the synthesis essay are all to help you progress make progress on this essay so it’s all connected and associated and to help you move forward at a manageable and productive pace for this essay so stay on track with your course calendar your schedule and stay on track with your weekly assignments so that you can get a really good strong start to this paper now when you go to the Internet and you do your search terms activity and in order to find your sources your two sources for this paper you must have two sources in order to write your annotated bibliography make that those sources are sources that present different ways of answering your synthesis question different ways of addressing the problem we need to see some disagreement here we need to see some alternative perspectives it doesn’t help us learn about a topic when we simply research ideas that are all in agreement with one another that’s not productive that doesn’t help broaden our horizons as researchers and it doesn’t give us all the information that we need to know in order to completely understand a topic and answer a question so make sure that the two sources that you find for this essay come from differing points of view next if you’re wondering how to organize the paper you will have seen that I’ll have drawn your attention either this week or next week to a particular set of pages in ellen and bacon that gives you an outline for this paper so pay attention as you’re reading the pages for the synthesis essay and this week in the next to the pages that talk about how to organize this essay follow that organizational system you’re not plagiarizing if you’re taking the format from that book and fitting your ideas into that format in fact you’re being smart all right so don’t try to reinvent the wheel while you organize your essay simply use the format the organizational schema that is given to you in Allen and bacon let me check my notes see if there’s anything else we need to talk about the most important thing to this paper that’s what we need to talk about so the most important thing you need to remember for this paper is that from those two differing perspectives those two different articles that you find in your research in order to answer the research question you need to compose your own point of view your own answer to that question based on the information that you’ve acquired through your research as I was saying that’s the difficult part of this paper but that’s the goal that’s what we’re looking for can you create your own individualized answer to the research question based on a synthesis of the best ideas from the two articles that you found for the paper all right that’s the challenge but I believe all of you can do it so if you have any questions about the paper after watching this video and reading the assignment instructions and reading through of course the pages and allyn and bacon looking at the PowerPoint that is posted to canvas that explains synthesis Linea male main because after all of that if you’ve still got questions I am just an email away so I look forward to seeing what you guys put together in the following weeks for this paper

READING MY COMMON APP ESSAY THAT GOT ME INTO HARVARD!

2020.11.16

a couple of you guys asked that I make a video reading my common FSA so I thought I would do that today a disclaimer before I read I personally don’t think that my essay was particularly strong I kind of procrastinated and just used a freshman essay that I really liked and tweaked it just a little bit and so when you’re listening to this essay don’t think that it’s like phenomenal and the thing that got me and I think it was just like original and not completely horrible that kept me from getting in I think it was just like there but as the title says this essay got me into Harvard and if you’ve seen my other videos you know that I’m attending Yale and the reason that I didn’t say this got me into Yale is because when I applied to Yale I used my quest for application and they didn’t have me send in my common app at all so they didn’t see this essay only Harvard did and so here it goes the title is chilled fingers on chain linked fences I believe in hanging on to chain link fences and the beautifully simple memories doing so creates it was exceptionally cold that fateful Friday it snowed – my friend Ali and I were taking a shortcut tours from practice that was a bit risky even without the snow we walked along a partially broken chain link fence that lay across the top of a steep slope which separated the town pools property from the high schools the foot high snow that topped the already tall grass was so slippery that we had to cling onto the fence in order to avoid falling down the side of the slope the weather ignorant teens that we were argh loveless hands were helpless victims to the merciless windchill as we slowly made our way to the pool other members of the swim team jokingly mocked us and took the longer but safer way around that day it also proved to be the faster route but Ali and I could not have cared less we clung to the fence for dear life cursing mother nature at the top of our lungs as a hysterical mr. Ryan filmed our ridiculous actions through the window of a third-floor classroom it never occurred to us to head back and take the safer path perhaps it was the fact that we had spent so much time already on the fence or just a principle to complete what we had started but we refused to turn back even though Frost but sorry even though Frost and our nearly frozen fingers we continued to venture forward once I had landed on solid concrete I looked back at Ali still slowly making her descent from the snow-covered hill to the pool and almost wanted to join her again despite it being cold scary and slippery our mini escapade was also exuberant and lively we refused to turn back because it was an adventure as much as we might have said we hated it at the same situation occurred we would do it all again people say it’s often not about the destination but the journey and on that Blizzard like Friday I learned that was quite true while the destination is important they sure need the journey chick sorry again the journey shapes how you treated had we taken the easy way that day we would have just gone to swim practice like usual but instead once we arrived we ran to thaw our fingers in the warm heated lobby of the building we high-fived each other at the fact that despite our snail-like pace we were still on time to practice we were able to create a small yet happy memory just by traveling to swim practice in an unconventional method that day I realized the true purpose that there’s a type of so I wrote that day I realized the true the purpose but I meant to say that day I realized the true purpose for highschool not to increase our telogen s’ that was just an add-on the real purpose for high schools for us students to go into our personalities through simple amazing memories my middle school self was a shy self-conscious preteen I worried about how others thought of me neglected to show my true colors since entering high school I’ve been able to shed my insecurities and blossom into the confident adventurous person I am today I can now lead conversations with friends conduct interesting debates with my peers be an active member of my town my newfound confidence has driven me so far as to measure fish out of town fishing derby lead a mock congress meeting as a Speaker of the House and star in a video about anti-smoking I’m going to set aside my inhibitions and just hang on to chain link fences so that was my essay and I didn’t know what prompt it would follow as I was writing it I was just going to do the UM there was an option to just put anything and then as I chose that essay I realized that it met the prompt the less isms we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success wreck out the time when you faced a challenge setback or failure did affect you and what you learned from the experience so that’s the essay that I chose as you could have seen I had like one typo in it and there probably a bunch of grammar mistakes and I think that just goes to show that your application really doesn’t need to be perfect it just needs to be human in a sense if you try to be perfect and try to come up with this perfect essay with this ridiculous story that doesn’t seem realistic and maybe the counselor the admissions officers won’t really believe it and I know some people will even like pay people in China to write their essays so I would if the one advice I have to give is to just try to be genuine choose an expiry a moment and not an experience and just try to be as true to yourself as you are a lot of people think that like Harvard is this crazy school that’s impossible to get into and you need to be a picture-perfect person with perfect SAT scores and perfect grades and perfect everything to get in and looking at my applications I found typos in my essay I think I accidentally put like community service as a varsity sport and so like you can make mistakes it all comes down to what type of person the counselors think you’re going to be on campus and whether you’re a hard-working genuine person they want to know whether what you take from going to college is going to benefit the world or benefit yourself you know so I just try to be as true to yourself as you can be on your application and don’t stress over getting perfect everything I know my application was not perfect at all some of the comments of my other videos have pointed that out my SAT scores weren’t in the fifteen hundreds my I wasn’t present in everything there were a lot of clubs that I ran for leadership in my senior year that I lost and while I thought that that would affect my application it didn’t and so in the end you just gotta trust that everything is gonna work out try your best and even if you don’t think your application is good enough that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to apply to an Ivy League or a top-tier school if that’s your dream school then go for it because you never know what’s gonna happen if I thought that I couldn’t get into Harvard because I didn’t have a 15-hundred on my SAT scores or because I was in class president or president of NHS then that would have kept me from applying and I never would have found out so even if you get rejected at least you have an answer instead of always thinking what if so I hope this video helps and I hope that it can kind of put you at ease because there’s a misconception that you really need to be like this perfect human being to get in when in reality you need luck hard work and pixie dust I don’t know it’s just a really random college process so you just want to try to be yourself to stick out like a sore thumb so thanks guys thanks for watching be sure to subscribe and I’m going to try to post more videos next week so leave a comment below what you want to see and thanks for watching

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