THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE
In a subject like Communications Studies, much of your university work will be assessed by essay – whether that’s an essay you prepare in your own time over a period of days or weeks, or one you concoct in an examination hall in the space of an hour. It therefore follows that if you learn how to prepare, organise and present essays, you will do much better in your degree overall. So this document might also be called:
Institute of Communications Studies - Study Skills
HOW TO GET BETTER MARKS WITHOUT (NECESSARILY) DOING MORE WORK
We’ll assume that you’ve read widely about the particular subject of your essay, and have a good understanding of the broader area within which that topic is located. …show more content…
Six really awful ways to begin the essay ‘Why have baked beans become so popular in twentieth century Britain?’: “The question of why baked beans have become so popular in twentieth century Britain is an interesting…” “The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘baked beans’ as…” “In this essay I will explore the question of why baked beans have become so popular in twentieth…” “The Penguin English Dictionary defines ‘popular’ as…” “The twentieth century has been going for quite a while now and…” “The Collins English Dictionary defines ‘twentieth century’ as…”
! Why are these awful? Because they are so predictable, uninspiring and limp. What should you do instead? Something else.
You need to organise your material so that it flows from one area, sub-section or argument to the next in a logical order. Each part should build upon, or at least reasonably follow on from, the previous parts, and the whole thing should be pulling the reader, clearly and inescapably, to your Two dull kinds of essay structure: triumphant conclusion. The box on the right shows unimaginative kinds of essay structure, which are likely to get low marks. But what can