Tampere
22 Jun, Saturday
8° C

Guidelines for the essays

Proakatemia’s Essay Practices from April 1, 2024 (initial translation by chatgpt, will be revised in the future)

Proakatemia’s essay practices have been revised to better meet the needs of the degree program in a constantly changing environment. In the production of essays, the focus henceforth will be on creativity, modern content production methods, analytical thinking, reflection, and continuous learning.

Points will be accumulated in the HOPS as essays are published. Essays are required to be informative, have high-quality content, smooth grammar, and practical examples.

These instructions are guidelines, and situation-specific policies are determined by coaches according to the team’s needs!

Categories of essays:

  • About 50% of essay points come from essays/reflective productions, which earn 1–2 essay points.
  • About 50% of essay points come from academic essays, which earn 3 essay points.

Essay Points:

During the course of study at Proakatemia, a minimum of 100 essay points must be obtained as follows:

 

Guidelines for Recording and Publishing

All essays are published in the Proakatemia Essay Bank. At Proakatemia, there is a desire to communicate openly about one’s own teachings, copies, and mistakes, and to share lessons with the entire community. A protected essay may be written with special permission if there are good reasons for it, and it has been agreed upon in advance with a coach. Protected essays are submitted directly to the coach.

In the Essay Bank, an essay is assigned a point category (1, 2, or 3-point essay). Essay points are recorded in the HOPS under the Essays tab.

 

Detailed Guidelines

The purpose of essays is to demonstrate learning in accordance with the curriculum, and therefore, each essay must include the writer’s own reflection.

Each writer’s team coach reads and evaluates the academic essay and provides feedback either as needed or, for example, during development discussions. On the other hand, 1–2 point essays are evaluated within the team. Teams can process their members’ productions, for example, in workshops or weekly meetings, and peer review and reflect on what they have learned together. The team can also collectively decide to change the number of points received for the productions based on quality or scope.

All essays or reflective productions must have a source and the used sources marked.

 

One-point essay / reflective production

  • The essay must have at least one source. In addition to a book or article, the source can also be, for example, a seminar, lecture, workshop, cell, etc.
  • The length of the essay is about 1–2 pages (A4). Reading time in the essay bank is about 2–3 minutes.
  • In the first year, the focus is on written essays; in the future, the essay can also be implemented as, for example, a podcast, board game, video/movie, LinkedIn post, etc.
  • Comprehensive feedback on another team entrepreneur’s essay is also classified as a one-point essay.
  • One-point essays are written individually, but a podcast can involve several people.

Two-point essay / reflective production

  • Written individually, at least 3–5 pages (A4) in length. Reading time in the essay bank is about 4-6 minutes.
  • At least two sources, one of which must be a book.
  • In the first year, the focus is on written essays; in the future, implementation can also be, for example, a podcast, board game, presentation, or play, etc., as long as theory and a deep dive into the topic professionally emerge.
  • The essay/product must be informative, fluently written, and include reflection related to the writer’s own, the team’s, or the community’s learning, projects, or entrepreneurship.

Three-point essay / academic essay

  • The writers can be 1–3 team entrepreneurs.
  • The recommended number of pages depends on the number of writers; a solo written is about 6–10 pages, duo written about 8–12, trio written about 10–13 pages. The reading time for an academic essay is at least 7 minutes.
  • An academic essay by one writer must include at least three sources, and at least one of them must be a book; for 2–3 writers’ essays, there should be at least 4–5 sources.
  • The essay is expected to have substantial content, concrete lessons, and clear, logical language.
  • The essay may utilize, for example, various research findings.
  • An academic essay provides a good foundation for a thesis.
  • Subheadings are recommended, and for source and text citations, follow the guidelines of TAMK

Rejecting essays

Low-quality or clearly deficient essays (see source, publication, etc., guidelines) should be discussed with the team or coach. Such essays are rejected at the latest during development discussions. Points recorded in the HOPS are removed, and the rejected essays are either corrected or completely rewritten. After corrections, written information is sent to the coach, after which the essay points can be returned to the HOPS upon the coach’s approval.

If any issues arise with the essay practices, please contact the Proakatemia executive team and/or coaches. NOTE! Essays written during separate courses attended during Proakatemia studies do not entitle accumulation of essay points in the HOPS.