Having a big essay to write can feel overwhelming, and it can be difficult to know where to start when you find yourself staring at a blank screen.

If you’re feeling a bit stuck, check out these top five essay-writing tips from the Study Advice Service:

  1. Start writing early: writing helps you to think through your ideas
  2. Begin with your conclusions.  When you are clear what the assignment is asking you to do, jot down what you think your conclusions will be. This will help you guide your research and reading.  You can adjust your conclusions as you go along, in the light of new information
  3. Academic writing should be clear and concise – not full of long words and complex sentences.
  4. Including your own viewpoint is shown through the choices you make – the evidence you select, how you interpret the evidence, and how you link it to your answer. Your own view will shine through in the way you use your sources, you don’t need to say ‘I think…’.
  5. Excellent essays are always edited essays: revise, cut out anything unnecessary, and check for errors.

The Study Advice Service have study guides on essay writing, as well as short video tutorials to help you get started.

For even more inspiration, the next study advice seminar, ‘Writing an Excellent Essay’, will take place on Wednesday 31 October from 2-3pm in Edith Morley, Room G25. There’s no need to book, just come along on the day.

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