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Writing a successful essay

West, Harry; Malcolm, Gemma; Keywood, Sophie; Hill, Jennifer

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Authors

Gemma Malcolm

Sophie Keywood

Jenny Hill Jennifer.Hill@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Teaching and Learning



Abstract

Essay writing is a fundamental skill for many students, in geography as well as other disciplines. Being able to write a successful essay is important academically, but the transferable skills and attributes you develop are equally as important for professional life after study. Writing an essay allows you to assess your own personal response to a question and deepen your learning about a topic. In so doing, it provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge you have gained and show your understanding. This article has been written by a student and staff team and is aimed at an undergraduate student audience. We will take you through the full process of ‘writing’ an academic essay, from developing your understanding of the essay title or question, to preparing your first draft, seeking and acting on feedback, through to concluding your essay. While focusing on coursework essays, much of our advice will be relevant to examination essays. Throughout this article we will include top tips from students, using their voice to highlight what has worked for them.

Citation

West, H., Malcolm, G., Keywood, S., & Hill, J. (2019). Writing a successful essay. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 43(4), 609-617. https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2019.1655720

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 3, 2019
Online Publication Date Aug 16, 2019
Publication Date Oct 1, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 17, 2020
Journal Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Print ISSN 0309-8265
Electronic ISSN 1466-1845
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 4
Pages 609-617
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2019.1655720
Keywords essay writing, assessment, student support, essay structure, feedback
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/1492070
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2019.1655720

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