Essay Guide

Writing essays is a predominant part of the learning for many courses here at Oxford. This essay-writing guide is intended for students who want to learn more about the skills associated with crafting an essay, as well as those seeking out course-specific advice. This resource is particularly useful for incoming or first year students who want to learn more about planning and writing tutorial essays.

The resource is split into four parts, shown below - The ‘General Advice’ section has information that can help you develop key skills, such as active reading and structuring an essay. Course-specific advice can be found under their division heading. For example, if you want information about writing a History essay, you can find the History guide page in the ‘Humanities’ section.

General Advice

Humanities

Social Sciences

Life Sciences