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/
Critical thinking skills tutorial from Learn Higher
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.
Among the company’s under fire for their controversial services is UK Essays, owned by Nottingham-based parent company All Answers Ltd, which told this newspaper that international students and the heavy workloads required by top universities were fuelling the company’s rapid expansion.
Providing bespoke essays and dissertations with a “guaranteed” first class grade, UK Essays charges students typical fees of £800 and £400 for original pieces of work written by hundreds of freelance and inhouse staff at its headquarters at Venture House, Nottingham.
According to the company’s CEO, Daniel Dennehy, the number of students requesting bespoke essays is increasing by about 2,000 students a year, with the company now generating turnover of £5m last year.
Mr Dennehy strongly denied that UK Essays was facilitating cheating when questioned by The Telegraph, adding that his company provided “valuable services to overworked students”.
Another is Essaywriter.co.uk, which admitted that it sold essays to several thousand students in the UK last year - of which more than five percent were Oxbridge students. The company added that whilst its traditional customer base was mainly international students, the number of UK students had increased by a fifth since 2015.
Commenting on the figures, a spokesman for the Department for Education said: “Plagiarism is not acceptable and represents a clear threat to standards in our universities.
“We are looking closely at the issue of plagiarism in Higher Education and are having active discussions with the sector about what more can be done to tackle this unacceptable form of cheating.”