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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


  • How to improve your academic writing

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    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 guides

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


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

Moodle courses

Writing modules

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We offer credit-bearing writing modules that you can take as part of your degree. You'll learn essential academic writing skills. Modules are currently offered to students in the humanities and social sciences, and Essex Business School.

Challenge Essex

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Are you a second year undergraduate student? Work in a team to tackle a global problem and improve the world at a local level with Challenge Essex. Work with leading academics and industry experts, develop new skills and earn Big E award units.

Academic Skills Support

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Our advisers can help you with all aspects of academic study and assignment preparation. Check out our programme of workshops and writing clinics.

Work on a journal

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Want to find out what goes in to publishing a journal? ESTRO is a multi-disciplinary academic journal, run by and for Essex students. Join our team to gain experience of working on a journal, including writing, reviewing and editing.