Essays Learning

Why write essays?

Essay writing has important skills development and educational functions.

It allows you to practise and develop transferable skills that are valuable to you not only while you’re a student but also when you graduate and have to write in a professional role.

These transferable skills include

  • reading and note-making,
  • critical thinking and analysis,
  • organising ideas,
  • arguing a case,
  • and communicating effectively with a reader.

It encourages you to develop a formal, disciplined approach to writing that communicates clearly and with authority.

It gives you a focus for exploring and consolidating what you’re learning.

It allows you to develop and organise your thinking about key concepts and issues in the course you’re studying.

Reading your essay allows your lecturer to assess the degree to which you have engaged with learning and transformed information into knowledge.

As the following diagram suggests, the essay writing process is inextricably linked to learning; developing a sound essay writing technique enhances the effectiveness of your learning, as well as winning you better grades.


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The Essay Writing Process

The essay writing process is linked to learning; developing a sound essay writing technique enhances your learning.

The Essay Writing Process

You may be used to thinking of academic essays as documents, pieces of writing, but it’s perhaps more useful to think of an essay as a process.

The Essay Writing Process

It’s a process of taking information from lectures, tutorials, reading and electronic media and transforming this information into knowledge which you then communicate to a reader through the medium of the essay.

The Essay Writing Process

The essay writing process is essentially a learning process.

The Essay Writing Process

The essay writing techniques you’ll learn in the essay program are not just about producing a piece of work that gets a good grade, they’re also about effective learning.

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Why Write Essays

The Essay Writing Process

How we help with essays

We are always ready to help you with your essays. Our role here is to give advice and guidance so that you can develop successful essay writing skills and practices.  We hope these will sustain you over a range of modules, and across the years you spend at Kent. Essay writing is a very popular area for academic advice and guidance. Many of our students comment on the way their grades improve once they seek advice; but this improvement takes place over time, and through your efforts. There are no instant solutions, but much we can say about good essay writing techniques. In general, we feel our guidance rests upon sensible recognition of clear boundaries between ourselves, students and departments.

What we can do

What we cannot do

Preparing/planning essays

  • Help you understand the essay title
  • Help you plan your essay
  • Provide guidance on successful reading/note-taking techniques
  • Help you manage the reading load
  • Guide you in writing your literature review
  • Help you with time-management
  • Discuss the academic content of your essay
  • Make judgements about your ideas and sources
  • Evaluate your reading material, or suggest further reading


  • Help you organise/structure your essay by discussing-
    • Overall structure
    • Paragraph and sentence structure
  • Give you an opportunity to clarify your ideas
  • Help you write in an academic style
  • Help you reference effectively to avoid plagiarism

Help you with grammar, spelling and punctuation by examining a section of your writing

  • Re-write any of your essay
  • Select evidence for you
  • Correct citations and references across the whole of a document
  • Proof-read your document

Post - submission

  • Help you to learn from feed-back 
  • Re-mark your essay
  • Challenge your final grade
  • Enter into any kind of dispute between you and your department


If you have any questions about confidentiality, or any other aspect of the Student Learning Advisory Service work, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss this with you.

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