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Critical writing for Postgraduate Taught students: A short guide

A short guide to critical writing from the ASC


Has a tutor ever put a comment on one of your essays suggesting that your writing is ‘too descriptive’, or ‘not critical enough’? It is a very common experience, but the difference between these two kinds of writing is not always clear.

You will almost certainly already be expert at writing descriptively. However, sooner rather than later in your course, you may want to develop skills for writing in both descriptive and critical ways. Generally speaking, it is critical thinking and critical writing that tends to attract positive comments and higher marks from your tutors.

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