The UVic Writer's Guide
Common Problems Writing Essays
The most common problems that students encounter with essays are:
- There is no thesis at all.
- The thesis is too general, or a truism.
- The thesis is too narrow.
- There is no sense of direction, no reason why one paragraph follows
- There are few, or inadequate transitions.
- There are too many generalizations, and too little support for them.
- The introduction or conclusion is weak, or one simply repeats the other.
- The essay is poorly set out, with inadequate space for the instructor's
- There are frequent typos or misspelled words.
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