Your ability to write in a critical academic style will be assessed continuously on your degree programme. So what is it?
Quick Guide to Academic Writing
When assessing other people's writing, shows is seen as positive as it reports an observation or finding as a proven fact. The use of concludes is seen as neutral. However, claims or presumes disassociates the writer from the position of the author cited. This then allows the writer to establish a critical perspective and follow with a counter argument.
Read our signposting conclusions for more advice and guidance.
Useful verbs for reporting other writers' findings
Makes the point
Provides evidence for
Seeks to explain
Seeks to identify
Tries to identify
What is critical writing?
I keep using 'states' when presenting the work of authors, what else can I use?
Can I include long quotations in my essay?
What should be included in a conclusion?
Our critical writing podcast will give you a greater insight into this complex issue and suggest some strategies to help you develop your skills.