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AES workshop Planning an essay 2022


AES workshop: Planning an essay
Academic English Service
Tutor: Mary Carr (academicenglish@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Common problems with essays
1. The
part of
essay doesn’t address the question or only addresses
it.
2. The
essay does not make explicit the links between individual
ideas and the overall argument.
3. The writing is descriptive or ‘list-like’ rather than critical.
1. The essay doesn’t address the question or
only
addresses
part
of
it.
Task analysis
Wellbeing at work is the responsibility of the employer alone.
Critically reflect on this sentence and present and support your
argument(s) with a strong academic rationale and empirical
examples.
What do these instruction words mean?
Other common instruction words
Critically evaluate
Justify Discuss Analyse Compare Contrast
To what extent
Outline
Critically assess
Critically review
1.The essay doesn’t address the
question or only addresses part of it.
Critical questioning
Wellbeing at work is the responsibility of the employer alone.
Critically reflect on this sentence and present and support your
argument(s) with a strong academic rationale and empirical
examples.
How do we define ‘wellbeing’?
Are there some aspects of wellbeing at work clearly the responsibility of the employer? What are they? Are some/all of these legally protected?
Are some aspects of wellbeing clearly not the responsibility of the
employer? What are they?
What evidence could be used here? What empirical examples can I use in my discussion?
1.The essay doesn’t address the
question or only addresses part
of
it.
Strong
introduction
Introduces the topic in a broad
way
Acknowledges complexity
Focuses the topic
Mapping statement

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