Monday, 31 December 2012

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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Write overview with introduction

It's better to write the overview (概要) with the introduction. (Note: you must write an overview)

  • Reason: If you wait until the end of your essay to write the overview you might run out of time!  

Here is an example introduction and overview together for the graph above...

The two graphs provide information on home types for people living in a European country in 1991 and 2007. Overall, we can clearly see from the graphs that the majority of homes were owned, and that there was an increase in owned homes and the number of 'social renting' homes during the sixteen year period.

Remember; spend
around 2 minutes per sentence!