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Essay planning and structure: A short guide

Short guide to essay planning


The purpose of an essay is to present a logical reasoned argument in response to a specific question. An effective structure helps your argument unfold clearly to the reader; you want your response to be focussed and progressive. This guide suggests some ways of planning and structuring your essays. 

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