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Thursday, 22 November 2012

How to write an essay at university?

-By Jodi

When I started uni as a mature aged student I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to craft a suitable essay. Now, I can’t say I’ve got it all covered, but there is a marvellous booklet that Deakin distributes called Guide to assignment writing and referencing. So when I had to write my first essay I kept this handy booklet beside me.

The Guide has advice and information on how to take notes, how to quote, use of language and style, and my favourite, referencing. Thanks to this information I’ve been able to write and submit essays that are acceptable according to the university’s standards. If you haven't got a copy of the Guide, you can access one online at the Study Skills website

On another note, a couple of other books that I’ve found to be useful when writing essays are Style Manual for authors, editors and printers (Wiley), and The Little, Brown Handbook (Fowler, Aaron).


These books cover an extensive array of grammatical and stylistic issues that are associated with writing essays. So when it comes to writing essays this trimester, grab your Guide to assignment writing and referencing and keep it close by.

Wishing you all the best with your essay writing this trimester.


  1. Ah, the little red book! How I love thee! I could not live without it. It's certainly not easy being a mature aged student and coming back to study. I love the sound of the other book too! I will look into it!

    I am not in the category of mature age but I'm certainly beyond my years at times like these; i.e. study and my interaction with classmates older than myself. I find I cannot relate to the younger group as much. However, as a quote from a lovely staff member a few months back "You are not mature aged, but you are mature minded".

  2. Love it - 'matured minded', that's so good! It'll help you with studying and your future direction in life :)