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Please use the following guides to help with your essay planning and structure:

Quick Guide to Academic Writing

Essay Structure Diagram

Understand the Essay Question

Guide to Signposting

Essay Writing Main Body

Critical Writing

Writing Introductions

Writing Successful Paragraphs

Writing Conclusions


This resource will help you with Learning Styles - identify your preferred learning style and how this can make your learning more effective and enjoyable.

We have produced this Academic Writing resource to help you with:

  • Organising your time
  • Reflection
  • The essay structure
  • Understanding the essay question
  • Critical writing v descriptive writing
  • Quiz - check your understanding 

Listen to this resource to help you develop your Academic Writing skills.

You may find this link to the Learn Higher website useful.


I don't understand my essay title, what can I do?

Can I use 'I' in my essays?

Can I include long quotations in my essay?

Is there anything wrong with quoting an author directly?

I've been told that my essay lacks structure, how can I address this?

I've been told that my essays don't flow, what can I do to change this?

What do I need to write in an introduction?

What is critical writing?

What should be included in a conclusion?