It is the most common focus for study consultations among students using Learning Development. A collection of Question lists is available via the Learning Development website.
These lists suggest questions to ask of your writing when you are reviewing it.
You can use the writing process to help you think through, clarify and develop your early ideas about how you might respond to the title that has been set: ‘you may not know what you think until you have written it down’ (Creme & Lea, 1997 p115).
As with teaching, it is often not until you try to communicate an argument and its evidence that you find where the gaps are in your knowledge or argument.
To produce a high quality essay you need to demonstrate your ability: The need to use such a wide range of academic skills is probably the main reason why the essay format is so popular with tutors as an assignment.
The word limit adds to the challenge by requiring that all of these skills be demonstrated within a relatively small number of words.
Instead, you can catch all of your ideas, in no particular order, on a sheet or two of A4.
Once they are down there it will be easier for you to start to review them critically and to see where you need to focus your reading and note taking.
It finalizes your essay by summing up your arguments or main points as mentioned in the essay.
It therefore ties together your essay and reaffirms your stand.