Writing essays

Structuring your essay

Linear essays

A linear structure goes from one point to the next in a chosen sequence.You could group ideas in order of importance of topic or chronologically.

Linnear essay flowchart

Most essays require you to evaluate and show off your critical thinking for which a linear essay structure would not be appropriate. You might use a linear structure more for sections in an academic report, e.g. when you are asked to describe a process or set of results.

Annotated example of a Linear essay (PDF opens in new window)