Essay Planning and 'Doing the Math'

The video presentation for this session outlines some essential tips for breaking down and planning an essay, including how to ‘do the math’ to determine how many words you should be devoting to each of the sections of the essay task.  The Resources section contains some additional tools to further assist you, such as a downloadable essay plan template and tip sheets on mind-mapping and essay planning, in addition to a range of useful weblinks to connect with more support materials to help you plan out and structure your essays.


Below are three documents you can download to help you plan out and structure your essays.

Griffith University – Preparing for your Assignment -

University of New South Wales – Essay and Assignment Planning-

Curtin University Study Skills – Organise Data and Ideas -

University of Western Sydney – Planning your Assignment-

Griffith University - EnglishHELP Self-Help Resources
Griffith University - English Language Support
James Cook University - Develop Your English
RMIT Learning Lab - Academic Word List Tool
University of Adelaide - English as a Second Language Learning Resources
Curtin University Learning Centre - Better Grammar
Curtin University Learning Centre - Better Sentences
University of Technology Sydney - Grammar
La Trobe - Achieve@Uni - Language
Manchester Academic Phrasebank
BBC - Learning English