An essay is something you’ll be asked to produce as part of your course, and is usually assessed. There are many different types of essay, so make sure you understand which kind you have been told to do. This guide will give you some tips to help you get started.

Step 1 - Analyse and Plan

Step 1, analyse and plan

Are you struggling to know how to get started with your essay? The first step is to ANALYSE and PLAN. In this short eLearning course you will learn how to identify the instruction and key words in the question and how to use those to plan how you will answer it.

Duration: 15 minutes

Step 2 - Search and Evaluate

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The second step to essay success is to SEARCH for information and EVALUATE the useful of the sources you find.

Duration: 15 minutes

Step 3 - Read and Make Notes

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If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of things you have found to read, our introduction to academic reading and note taking will guide you through some simple techniques to help you focus your time and get the most out of the material you have found.

Duration: 15 minutes

Step 4 - Write your essay

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You have planned, searched, read and made great notes. If you have done these stage well, you should have a clear idea about how you will answer the question and what your main arguments are. Now you need to WRITE YOUR ESSAY!

Duration: 15 minutes

Step 5 - Review and Submit

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The hard work is done. You now need to learn how to proof read and submit your work.

Duration: 15 minutes