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Essay/Assignment hints and tips

Learning how to do essays well is a key part of a economics undergraduate degree. Mastering this skill takes up to the end of your degree and beyond, so don't worry if you stuggle with the basics initially. Our panellists give their advice on how to best prepare for an essay.

Write down all your thoughts, and be sure to be done at least a week before the deadline. Then, leave it for at least three days; just forget about it completely. Then read it again, cut out at least half, and re-write what is left.
Alice Hallman, Stockholm School of Economics

Be clear with the task at hand, don't be afraid to ask any questions at any time, no matter how clever or silly.
Aashray Udhani, Oxford Brookes University

Go to lecturers and ask! Any question no matter how simple it may be. They might even help you out more than you think. Read up and ask students that completed the module previously,they should have some tips.
Bejal Patel, De Montfort University

My best advice for doing well in assignments is time management. As soon as you get a deadline, start thinking about what needs to be done in preparation for it. For example, what reading do you have to do? Is it a problem set where you have to answer questions? Then allocate your time for specific tasks. It's easy to get into mindset of "it'll be fine if I leave it to the few days before it's due in", which may be true - but it'll be MUCH better if you organise your time and spend a few extra hours on it.
Kishan Rana, University of Exeter

Make a plan of how you want it to be structured, do a lot of research and the most important thing if you're studying Economics: draw a lot of graphs and properly explain them.
Ana Carolina Santos Mendes, Nottingham Trent University

Make sure you have a clear structure and, if you use any models, explain them using words. Explain what is happening, don't just describe.
Jerry Yeung, University College London

Reference correctly. Use recomended reading as a basis of research before you start your essay. Always back up your work with an online database, losing work is common.
James Ray, Oxford Brookes University

Do not limit yourself to the answers you think you are being asked, but in the answers you belive true.
Vicenc Esteve Guasch, University of East Anglia

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