Essays and Assignments

The writing of and completing essays and assignments are two of the main ways in which the student sets out and develops his abilities in the subject. It is also a way, along with invigilated examinations, in which an educational institution tests its students. There is insufficient space here to discuss the writing of essays in detail – your tutor or mentor will answer any other questions. It can be said briefly that an essay is an opportunity to make a case, to set out an argument and to buttress it with evidence. The case is your case; it represents your response to the author or work before you, or to the problem posted by the question you are answering. Think of it as a means of persuading the reader, to share your point of view. This attitude will influence the tone and the content of your essay; it will also help you to see the sense in which an essay is, and must be, ‘original’.