Essay Writing Guides
This category contains relevant articles and guides to assist you if you’re working on your essays, reports or research proposals. You would find useful guides on how to write, structure and critically analyse an essay.
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Everyone knows intuitively what an essay is, but if you are hoping for academic success you really need to be on top of them. You need to know what sort of structure an essay should have and also have an idea about what makes a good essay in order to succeed in the competitive academic […]
This guide deals with how to write a systematic review. Systematic reviews have become popular over the last 20 years or so, particularly in health and healthcare related areas. Systematic Literature Review, sometimes known as systematic reviews, are associated with evidence-based healthcare practice, the idea that nursing and related healthcare disciplines should be grounded in […]
In this guide we look at how to write a report. Reports and essays are very different (see our guide ‘What is an Essay?’ for more details), but you might well have to write both in the course of your studies. Reports tend to be more structured, with more tables, appendices and charts than essays, […]
This guide looks at writing a research essay. We also have other useful guides to different sorts of essays including persuasive essays and critical essays, so take a look at these as well. Obviously, research essays have a lot in common with the other forms of essays: the language should be academic, and they should […]
This guide looks at writing a persuasive essay. It focuses mainly upon what differentiates a persuasive essay from other types of essay. We have other useful guides to help you when writing essays in general, and also other specific types of essay, so do check these out as well. A persuasive essay can be defined […]
This guide looks at writing a critique essay (also known as a critical essay). A critique essay looks critically at a particular subject, area or topic. It means evaluating information, comparing and contrasting theories and analysing situations. A critical essay does not mean being overly critical, it rather involves being able to challenge points of […]
While writing a law essay means understanding many of the skills you need for writing other types of essay, law essays also have some unique features which you should master. This guide will help you understand how to write a law essay. For help on writing other types of essay and general essay-writing skills, see […]
This guide looks at writing a reflective essay. A reflective essay is a relatively new requirement in some subjects, and requires the writer to think about their experience in a way which relates that experience to relevant theory and which may also involve questioning how you typically do something. Such an essay should integrate theory […]
This guide looks at the difference between descriptive and analytical essays. Other guides we’ve written help you write essays in general, and also different sorts of essay. This guide doesn’t attempt to help you write either descriptive or analytical essays, but rather helps you see how the two types differ.
This guide will look at ways to improve the critical analysis in your essay. As explained in another of our guides, there are important differences between descriptive and critical / analytical essays. As critical analytical work attracts higher marks, it’s important to understand what makes a critical analytical essay and how best to write one. […]
So, you’ve mastered the basics of essay writing (with the aid of our other helpful guides!). How do you go from so-so to super? This guide will help you improve your essay’s quality with some easy-to-follow hints and top tips. The most effective ways to improve are to assess your grammar, check your structure and […]
One of the worst things you can do when writing essays is to plagiarise, that is, to pass off someone else’s work as your own. But there are many forms of plagiarism, and you have to be aware of all of them to be confident you are handing in work which really is your own. […]
This is a quick guide to the different systems of referencing you might be asked to use. Normally you will have to use only one system during your academic course, but it’s useful to be familiar with other styles. This guide does not cover all the possible referencing systems, nor the variations of each, so […]
You may be wondering why anyone would want to write an annotated bibliography, so let’s address this first of all. An annotated bibliography shows your tutor that you have read a lot, understood what you have read and on mature reflection, decided how integral the books in your bibliography will be to your future research […]
You have done all the research and hard work, and formed your ideas and theories – now all you need to do is put it all on paper. Though on the surface this might seem like the easiest part of the process, for many actually writing their essay or dissertation can be more difficult than […]
Creating a table of contents is an essential aspect of any long-length essay or dissertation. However, doing these by hand can be time-consuming and difficult to get right. Luckily Microsoft Word comes with a feature to help make this process a lot easier. Today we show you how you can easily insert a table of […]