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Civil War Reflection Essay Layout

Essays are used to assess your understanding of specific ideas and your ability to explain these in your own words.

Essays are usually written in a discursive style, bringing together ideas, evidence and arguments to address a specific problem or question.

They follow a particular structure: you will set out your argument in the introduction, build and present your argument in the main body, and should end with your overall key message or argument in the conclusion.

Essays take time to complete. You will need to set aside time for the following stages of writing:

  1. Thinking about the question.
  2. Gathering information and ideas.
  3. Organising your ideas.
  4. Getting something on paper.
  5. Writing a first draft.
  6. Reviewing in light of feedback or reflection.
  7. Producing a final draft.

Take a look at our handy quick guide to essay writing (PDF) for useful tips and techniques for you to apply.

You will find a number of great books on essay writing in the Laidlaw Library, Level 1, under Skills E-5.

An essay is a short piece of writing on a particular subject. The main areas of confusion whilst writing essays are:

  • understanding the question
  • academic style and context of writing
  • presenting and supporting an argument
  • structure of the essay 

List of resources

For example extracts of essays https://udo.derby.ac.uk/sites/udohe/Library/Pages/DO-it-Write.aspx

Tips for academic writing http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/jbednar/writingtips.html

Academic language: http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/

Learn higher: http://www.learnhigher.ac.uk/writing-for-university/

Wrasse: http://wrasse.plymouth.ac.uk/

Critical thinking skills tutorial from Learn Higher

Further help

University of Derby students can access further information on academic writing on our Blackboard module - Improve your academic writing.

Ultimate Guide to Academic Writing: 100+ Useful Resources - This guide reveals all the aspects of academic writing and contains links to useful resources that will boost students' writing skills.  

Study Advisor Scheme

As part of our study skills services we provide help with essay structure, dissertation preparation and time management. To request a study advisor please visit us on the lower floor of Kedleston Rd library, or book an appointment online.

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