Questions to ask of your essay content

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This is one of a series of lists of questions, published in association with the Study Guide Writing essays.
These are suggested questions to ask as you review and revise your essay. They can be asked in any order.

  • Have I used an appropriate number of examples? Are they good examples?
  • Have I used enough evidence from the literature?
  • Have I made sufficient reference to relevant theory?
  • Was the structure I used a useful one in supporting my argument, or does it need to be modified?
  • Does my writing fall clearly within the structure I have used, or has it become a bit mixed up in places?
  • Is all of the material I have used relevant to the essay title?
  • What is the balance in my essay across the different elements of the title? Have I used too many words to address one element, and too few to address another?
  • Have I answered what was actually set, of have I answered what I preferred to write about?

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