What is an essay?

Understanding what they want – again

They’re back – and this time they want an essay…

In the ‘What tutors want’ section, we spent some time looking at how to understand what the university and what your tutors want from you. This will help you in your writing but so will understanding what an essay is and what it’s for. The essay is deeply embedded in academic life. You can see this from the huge number of academic journals that have the word in their title. Here’s a brief selection: Yale Economic Essays, Essays in Criticism, Essays and Studies, Essays in Physics. In this section we’ll look at definitions of the essay.