Instructors use a check list or guidelines similar to the following to assess essays and other written work. It will be useful for you to self-assess your essay against this guideline before submitting it, and to review/revise your work in line with your assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your essay.
- Background reading
- Understanding of topic
- Understanding of theoretical issues
- Relevance of answer to question
- Strong Introduction
- Clear argument
- Use of appropriate evidence
- Analysis and evaluation
- Appropriate Conclusion
- Legible, well presented, neat
- Well structured
- Accurate spelling
- Cohesive (flow, links between stages of argument)
- Paragraph structure (length, organisation)
- Appropriate use of terminology
- Author’s names spelled correctly
- References and bibliography
- Strengths of this piece of work
- Weaknesses of this piece of work
- How this essay could be improved
- Have I answered the question?
- Have I covered all of the main aspects?
- Have I covered aspects in enough depth?
- Is the content relevant?
- Is the content accurate?
- Have I arranged the material logically?
- Does the essay flow from one section to the next, and paragraph to paragraph?
- Have I used enough sources and references?
- Have I referenced all the sources correctly?
- Does the essay meet the word count?
- Have I written clearly?
- Is the grammar, punctuation and spelling accurate?
- Is the essay presented in line with guidelines?
- Have I read the essay/is it coherent?
- Have I presented a convincing case?