5. Don’t forget the ordinary stuff

"Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power."  Joan Didion

"Grammar, which knows how to control even kings."  Molière

Do use formal language and check your spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Do use subject-specific language and terms. And show you understand them by using them appropriately.

Do use detailed examples and case studies to back up your points. Your teacher will have advised you on how many to use for different types of essay. Show you are confident about the details and significance or relevance of each case study/example.  Remember to say how it answers the question.

Do show you are aware of the key theories/schools of thought. Explain how they relate to the question.

Do remember to write in paragraphs and each paragraph should develop one key point. If your paragraph deals with more than one key point, you’ve probably got two paragraphs mashed up. Try to unpick them.

TOP TIP:  If you’re not happy with a paragraph, read it out loud. Check for foregrounding, PEE etc. Still unhappy? Leave it and go on to the next point. You can work on it later.