It is therefore useful to go into the writing process expecting to make revisions.
The first words you write do not have to be part of the final version.
It is worth attending to all of the suggestions and comments you receive, and trying to act on them.
Common criticism given to students is that their essay: These elements will be used to give a broad overall structure to this Study Guide.
Producing incisive and clear written work within a word limit is an important skill in itself, which will be useful in many aspects of life beyond university.
Good, constructively critical feedback can give you excellent guidance on how to improve your essay writing.Editing your writing as you develop your ideas is a positive not a negative process: the more you cross out, re-write, and re-order, the better your essay should become. The structure may be strong and clear, or it may be unobtrusive and minimal but, in a good essay, it will be there.Underpinning the structure will be the ‘argument’ your essay is making.However, even in those essays that appear to be highly creative, unscientific, or personal, an argument of some kind is being made.It is the argument, and how you decide to present and back up your argument, that will influence your decision on how to structure your essay.You can use the writing process to help you think through, clarify and develop your early ideas about how you might respond to the title that has been set: ‘you may not know what you think until you have written it down’ (Creme & Lea, 1997 p115).As with teaching, it is often not until you try to communicate an argument and its evidence that you find where the gaps are in your knowledge or argument.It is the most common focus for study consultations among students using Learning Development. A collection of Question lists is available via the Learning Development website.These lists suggest questions to ask of your writing when you are reviewing it.So don’t be afraid of writing down your ideas before they are fully formed, or in the ‘right’ order.Writing is an active and constructive process; it is not merely a neutral recording of your thoughts.