Essay writing

We break down the structure of an essay and show you how to do it well.

Essays are a common form of assessment in many tertiary-level disciplines. The ability to construct good essays involves understanding the process and the conventions of essay writing. The more experience you get in writing essays, the more comfortable you will become with this genre.

However, even an experienced writer needs to be deliberate and thorough in order to write a well-constructed essay. An essay assesses the strength of your critical thinking and your ability to put that thinking into a persuasive written form.

In your essays, you are expected to present a particular point of view which is:

  • focused on, and directly relevant to, the question or topic
  • a logical, coherent and cohesive argument
  • based on information you have researched and cited in your writing

What will I learn?

This module will help you:

  • Develop an adequate thesis statement
  • Identify strong thesis statements from weak thesis statements
  • Review important elements of your introductions
  • Identify the structural components of an essay
  • Recognise essential content for a conclusion

How long will it take?

This module should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

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To fully engage with this module (for example, completing practice quizzes or posting in forums), you’ll need to enrol in the Academic Skills Hub.

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