Essay writing - Study Skills - University of Derby

Essay writing

We can help improve your essay writing

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

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.

Ultimate Guide to Academic Writing: 100+ Useful Resources - This guide reveals all the aspects of academic writing and contains links to useful resources that will boost students' writing skills.  

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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