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What is good writing?
Does the idea of essay writing put you off the idea of studying? This unit will help...
Does the idea of essay writing put you off the idea of studying? This unit will help you to realise that essays are not to be feared. You will learn how important it is to answer the question that is set and that your style of writing is as communicative as possible.
By the end of this unit you should:
- be able to discuss why writing is so important;
- have an understanding of and be able to use critically the main criteria of good essay-writing;
- be aware of the basic technical and stylistic considerations involved in writing.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The importance of writing
- 2 What does an essay look like?
- 2.1 A lack of insight?
- 2.2 Looking at other people's essays
- 2.3 Analysing Philip's essay
- 2.4 Analysing Hansa's essay
- 2.5 Other aspects of writing
- 2.6 How good are Philip's and Hansa's essays?
- 3 What is a good essay?
- 4 Conclusion
- 5 Dictionaries/companions to arts study
What is good writing?
When you write down an account of your ideas for other people to read, you have to explain yourself particularly carefully. You cannot make the mental leaps you do when you talk with others or think about things by yourself. This makes writing probably the most challenging aspect of studying. This unit will help you to develop the basic skills and confidence required for writing by explaining what is involved in good writing and why it is so important.
This unit is an adapted extract from the
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