Writing an essay helps you to consider the issues raised in your course and to relate them to your own experience, way of thinking, and also any wider additional reading and research you may have undertaken in order to tackle the essay topic.
Writing an essay (or other assignment) is an important part of the learning process.
The feedback you receive from the marker of your essay should help to advance your study skills, writing, research and critical thinking skills.
As an essay - in the context of this page - is an assessed piece of work, it can be very useful to consider what the person who will be assessing the work, the marker, will be looking for.
The second page, Writing an Essay, provides more information on the steps involved in actually writing an essay.
We recommend you read both pages to gain a full understanding.
This page details general good practice in essay planning, including what you should do and what you should try to avoid.
It is important however, that you understand the specific requirements of your school, college or university.
Essay assignments are usually formulated in one of the following ways: on another aspect of the subject.
Although this may sound obvious, many students do not fully answer the essay question and include irrelevant information.