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Economics: How to write a great essay

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Economics: How to write a great essay

All the information’s in your head, so let’s get it on the page in style.

Writing an Economics essay is similar to the process in other subjects, but there are also some key differences. Here’s a solid mix of stuff you might be hearing from your English and/or History teacher, as well as some Eco-specific advice. Let’s goooooo…

Get used to writing by hand

You don’t have to have the most beautiful handwriting in the world, but it’s a lot easier to pass if the marker can actually read what you’re scrawling. If most of your communication is via phone or keyboard, think about practising with a pen in the lead-up to an exam.

Make a plan before you dive in

Whether you’re at home at your desk (bed) or in the five minutes’ reading time before you start your exam essay, use the first part of your time to make a plan. Think about what your argument is going to be, and how you’re going to move through paragraphs and sections to a big finale. Remember to answer all parts of the question. Oh, and keep things straightforward and to the point.

Your essay needs structure

Part of that plan you just made should be about how you’re going to structure your essay. Don’t dump everything onto the page and hope it all makes sense. Use separate paragraphs for each point and try to make them flow logically from one to another, until you get to the end. Working out a structure before you begin gives you something to refer back to if you get stuck.

Include relevant diagrams and/or examples

The key word here is “relevant”. Pointing to real-world events and economic situations is a great way to underscore your theoretical arguments. Just make sure you’re not trying to cram in some info about China’s BOP when the question’s asking you about Australian primary industries. The marker is going to want to see plenty of numbers and actual applications of what you’ve learnt.

Use that Economics lingo

No doubt you’ve been bombarded with heaps and heaps of terms and concepts over the course of your Economics studies. Don’t be shy about using them where they’re appropriate – it’ll show the marker that you’ve absorbed the info and know what you’re on about.

Political balance and facts will help more than emotion

Here’s one you may not have thought about. It doesn’t matter what you personally think about the live export trade if the question is asking you about the cold, hard facts of export dollars. Keep things factual as much as possible, and try to remain independent when it comes to the political side of the global economy. Get those marks first, then head out and protest!

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