Essay writing

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An essay is a short piece of writing on a particular subject. The main areas of confusion whilst writing essays are:

  • understanding the question
  • academic style and context of writing
  • presenting and supporting an argument
  • structure of the essay 

List of resources

For example extracts of essays https://udo.derby.ac.uk/sites/udohe/Library/Pages/DO-it-Write.aspx

Tips for academic writing http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/jbednar/writingtips.html

Examples of Critical writing http://www.uws.edu.au/hall/hall/critical_thinking

Academic language: http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/

Learn higher: http://www.learnhigher.ac.uk/writing-for-university/

Wrasse: http://wrasse.plymouth.ac.uk/

Critical thinking skills tutorial from Learn Higher

Further help

University of Derby students can access further information on academic writing on our Blackboard module - Improve your academic writing.

Study Advisor Scheme

As part of our study skills services we provide help with essay structure, dissertation preparation and time management. To request a study advisor please visit us on the lower floor of Kedleston Rd library, or complete the form online

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