It is worth attending to all of the suggestions and comments you receive, and trying to act on them.Common criticism given to students is that their essay: These elements will be used to give a broad overall structure to this Study Guide.
It is worth attending to all of the suggestions and comments you receive, and trying to act on them.Common criticism given to students is that their essay: These elements will be used to give a broad overall structure to this Study Guide.You can use the writing process to help you think through, clarify and develop your early ideas about how you might respond to the title that has been set: ‘you may not know what you think until you have written it down’ (Creme & Lea, 1997 p115).
It is the most common focus for study consultations among students using Learning Development. A collection of Question lists is available via the Learning Development website.
These lists suggest questions to ask of your writing when you are reviewing it.
So don’t be afraid of writing down your ideas before they are fully formed, or in the ‘right’ order.
Writing is an active and constructive process; it is not merely a neutral recording of your thoughts.
However, even in those essays that appear to be highly creative, unscientific, or personal, an argument of some kind is being made.
It is the argument, and how you decide to present and back up your argument, that will influence your decision on how to structure your essay.By creating a relevant structure, you make it much easier for yourself to present an effective argument.There are several generic structures that can help you start to think about your essay structure e.g.: In addition to these macro-structures you will probably need to establish a micro-structure relating to the particular elements you need to focus on e.g.: evidence / policy / theory / practice / case studies / examples / debates.It is therefore useful to go into the writing process expecting to make revisions.The first words you write do not have to be part of the final version.Again this may be strong and obvious, or it may be almost invisible, but it needs to be there.In different subject areas, and with different styles of writing, the term ‘argument’ may seem more or less relevant.Editing your writing as you develop your ideas is a positive not a negative process: the more you cross out, re-write, and re-order, the better your essay should become. The structure may be strong and clear, or it may be unobtrusive and minimal but, in a good essay, it will be there.Underpinning the structure will be the ‘argument’ your essay is making.Producing incisive and clear written work within a word limit is an important skill in itself, which will be useful in many aspects of life beyond university.Good, constructively critical feedback can give you excellent guidance on how to improve your essay writing.