Undergraduate writing skills

For almost all courses at Essex you'll need to write essays. Writing is an essential skill for success in higher education. Many lecturers believe that essay-writing is the most crucial academic skill but the one that students find hardest to master. You can improve your written assignments by knowing:

  • how an academic argument is structured and presented
  • how to incorporate ideas from your reading, listening and debating
  • what is considered good academic style
  • how to express ideas cogently, concisely and persuasively

Workshops and events

A range of bookable workshops are also available and can be booked through CareerHub. Workshops that target your writing skills include Writing Well: Academic Style, Structuring an Essay, Shut Up and Write and more. 


Academic writing guide

This booklet is a guide to some of the most common mistakes in academic writing. A solid technical command of language will help you to think more clearly and express your thoughts more effectively.

Referencing guide

Correct referencing is essential in your assignments at Essex. We provide referencing guides for the main styles used by departments at our University.

Plagiarism guide

You should also make sure you understand our University's policy and advice on plagiarism.

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