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How to improve essay writing?

  • 17 January 2020
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Hi everyone!


Current law student here; I came from a business background, then worked two years as a consultant.

I realized that for me to go to the next level, I have to get better at essay writing.

Does anybody here, law student or not, have any advice at how to get feedback on essays to improve? There are some writing services at my university I plan to use, but unfortunately, nothing law related. Are there law related services that can aid in me getting critical feedback? Unfortunately at my law school, 100% finals and assignments are frequent, so once we get feedback, our marks are set in stone.

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Hey @warrenu 

I am a student of Psychology and have been a teacher for the past 2 years. Although I do not have specific suggestions for law related essays, these are some points you could keep in mind while writing an essay:

  1. Planning your essay- Before you begin an essay, it is best you plan it. This could be done by using a mind-map where you chart out the key points to be included, any supporting examples or evidence you wish to use etc
  2. Structure- It is very important that an essay be well-structured, this could include dividing your essay to an introduction, the body and a conclusion
  3. Language- Although the focus on use of language differs from place to place, essay writing requires a narrative style of writing that will help your reader understand your flow of thoughts
  4. Third Person- An academic essay requires you to write from a third person perspective so avoid the usage of I/you/me etc
  5. Assessment Criteria- From the point of view of an educator, I would say that it is extremely important to first evaluate the assessment criteria based on which your essay will be assessed. Since you have stated that marks awarded are final, it is essential that you take the step to thoroughly comprehending the expectations of your teachers before you submit the essay

Hope this helps! Good luck!

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Thank you very much Sruthi! that is very helpful