The History Essay Checklist

Some excellent tips on the mechanics of essay writng……

Musings

Professor Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012)

Students are often disappointed by the mark they receive for their History essay. Not always. Sometimes they get a grade above what they were expecting – underestimating the nuance of their own work. Equally, poor marks are not always a surprise. Disinterest, poor time management and stress can all lead to rushed assignments that students entirely expect to receive a lower mark. However, there is unfortunately nothing rare in an essay coming back with a poor mark that comes as a real shock.

When this happens, it’s not only because they’ve worked hard but also because there’s reason to be really pleased in one way or another with what’s been produced. It might be based on some fascinating wider reading. Perhaps it passionately presents a strong argument. It might be an beautifully written essay. It’s the pride taken that makes for disappointment. And it might be the…

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