Essay Writing Guide for Psychology Students

  • Before you write your essay, it is important to analyze the work and understand what the essay question is asking. It is possible that your lecturer will give you some advice - pay attention to this as it will help you plan your answer.

    Next conduct an initial reading based on your lecture notes. At this stage, it is not important to have a strong understanding of critical theories or studies, but you should at least have a general 'abstract' of literature. After reading, plan the response to the task. This plan can be in the form of a mind map, a summary table, or a core statement (which covers the entire argument of your essay in just a few sentences).

    Complementary reading after writing your plan and refining your plan and making it more elaborate. It is tempting to skip these initial steps and write the first draft while reading at the same time. However, reading and planning ensure the essay writers process is easy, quick and produces high-quality essays. Remember that an essay is a discussion/argument only on paper. Do not make the mistake of writing down all the information you know about a particular subject.

    You need to make your argument concise and clear. A sentence should not contain any unnecessary words, a paragraph is not an unnecessary sentence. Each paragraph should have a purpose/topic, and make several points - which need to be supported by high-quality evidence. Be clear why each point is relevant to the argument. At the beginning of each paragraph, it will be useful if you clearly outline the theme being discussed.
    Try not to overuse quotes in your essays. It is more appropriate to use original material to demonstrate your understanding. Psychology is a science, so you should support your ideas with evidence (not your personal opinion). If you are discussing a theory or research study, make sure that you cite the source of the information