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Welcome to Essay Bites, brought to you by the Academic Skills Centre (ASC) and the Centre for Technology and Innovation in Learning (CTIL). The resource comprises a number of short articles – or Bites – covering the key aspects of researching, planning and writing an essay. Whilst it’s designed in such a way that it will give you a fairly comprehensive overview of the entire process, you can also dip in and out to find the specific advice you’re looking for quickly and efficiently.

#1 Understanding the Question

#1 Understanding the Question

One common way that essays go wrong is in failing to properly answer the question. This Bite will show you
Student studying hard amongst stacks of books

#2 Researching your answer

This Bite focuses on the research stage. We’ll highlight some of the things you need to think about when selecting
#3 Planning your answer

#3 Planning your answer

In this Bite we’ll look at how to go about planning your essay. This is a stage that many people
#4 Effective intros

#4 Effective intros

This Bite focuses in on how to write an effective introduction. Many people find this a difficult part of the
#5 Powerful Paragraphs

#5 Powerful Paragraphs

The main body is the key part of your essay, where the bulk of your marks will be gained or
#6 Convincing conclusions

#6 Convincing conclusions

The conclusion is an important part of the overall essay, yet it is often rushed in order to comply with
#7 Editing and proofreading your essay

#7 Editing and proofreading your essay

The editing and proofreading stages are often rushed or ignored entirely when writing essays, yet they are crucial elements of
#8 Style Issues

#8 Style Issues

Academic writing is sometimes seen by students as a mysterious or complex thing, and this often results in a laborious
#9 Getting the referencing right

#9 Getting the referencing right

‘Referencing’ – is there a word more likely than this to strike despair into the heart of the average essay
#10 Making the most of feedback

#10 Making the most of feedback

When you get an essay back, it’s natural to be most interested in the mark you received. However, far more

We hope that you find the Essay Bites useful and that they’ll be able to answer many of the questions or concerns you may have about writing essays at university. As the name suggests though, they are designed to provide quick introductions to the different aspects of essays, rather than going into any great depth or detail.