The Golden Rules of Essay Writing
Below are some useful tips to consider whenyou are writing your essays. Use this sheet as areference and check your essay against itbefore you hand it in1.
Keep subjectivity to a minimumAlways support your points with referenced evidence. Avoid use of thewords ‘I’, ‘me’ and ‘you’. Write in the third person.
Beware of blanket statementsIt is not good enough to make generalisations such as ‘it is a wellknown fact that…’ and ‘research has shown that…’ in an academicpiece. You must always the present evidence!
Font sizeUse 12 points and Times Roman or Ariel. Use double line spacing.
Essays should be in continuous proseAvoid sub-headings and bullet points (lists). These are descriptive –you must discuss your points!
StructureThe essay should have a definite introduction and conclusion of aboutone paragraph each with the main body paragraphs in between. Seethe
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ParagraphsMake one major point per paragraph in the main body (the section inbetween the introduction). When you change topic (you move on toanother point) start a new paragraph too