Do you need to write an essay but don’t know where to start? This page will guide you through the different parts of an academic essay.
It is the presentation of an argument through reasoning and using evidence. Most academic essays will require you to present an argument through reasoning and the use of evidence. In the process of planning and drafting your essay, you will need to respond to the assigned question by thinking, reading widely and coming to a considered position/stance based on evidence.
Click on each element to explore the structure of an academic essay.
There are a number of academic stylistic conventions you should follow when writing:
• Use standard English avoiding American spellings.
• Write in the third person unless otherwise directed.
• Avoid slang terms, clichés and colloquial expressions.
• Avoid gender bias and sexist language.
• Avoid emotive language.
• Be direct – use the active rather than the passive voice.
• Be concise
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Grellier, J. & Goerke, V. (2007). Communication skills toolkit: Unlocking the secrets of tertiary success. Social Science Press.
Check your understanding: Thesis statements
Read the following thesis statements for the same assignment. Which one is the most effective?