Writing Essays Critically Discuss

Examples of this type of essay include compare, compare and contrast or differentiate questions.

In this structure the similarities and/or differences between two or more items, for example, theories or models, are discussed paragraph by paragraph.

The first sentence of each section of the assignment should be a direct response to each part of the task. Examples of this include questions which ask you to discuss, analyse, investigate, explore or review.

In an analytical structure you are required to break the topic into its different components and discuss these in separate paragraphs or sections, demonstrating balance where possible.

The QUT cite|write booklet (PDF, 726KB) contains information on critical thinking.

Before you start, it is important to understand what type of essay you are required to write.

What kind of language and imagery does the author use?

They are also useful tools to promote thinking and learning.

You are required to develop an argument and apply critical thinking skills to analyse a range of academic sources in support of your argument.

Examples of this type of essay include assignments where you are given data such as a case study or scenario, a diagram, graphical information, or a picture and expected to interpret this information to demonstrate your application of knowledge when answering the task.

Based on this data, you may be asked to do a range of things such as provide recommendations or solutions, develop a nursing care plan, a teaching plan, suggest legal advice or plan a marketing strategy.

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