#4 Read widely
Before you start writing your essay you should conduct a broad search for literature and read widely around the topic and theories. Databases such as Google Scholar are a great tool for finding academic articles and your education provider’s library will stock a range of academic textbooks useful for essays. As you read through your texts take notes on anything relevant, as ultimately what you read will form the base of your essay.
Don’t rely too heavily on one or a couple of texts as this indicates that you haven’t engaged with the literature.
#5 Be critical
Perfect academic approaches and theories are rare – there’s nearly always arguments and ways to pinpoint flaws. For a higher grade you need to not only be descriptive, but also show that you are able to leverage critical reasoning in your dealing with academic materials. You can contrast the theory with alternative theories, discuss the limitations of the theories and critically analyse the methodology used and how other approaches could give additional depth.
It’s also important that you reference academic texts when you present an argument. Bear in mind you don’t need to always use full quotes, you can also paraphrase to save words.
#6 Stick to the word limit
It’s important that you know what the word limit is and you stick to it. If you don’t you could fail. Some education providers allow you to write to 10% above or below the limit – but you must check this with your tutor.
#7 Proof read
Always proof read your essay at least twice before handing it in. A good tip is get someone else to read it too, as we always struggle to spot our own grammar and spelling mistakes.