Writing essays

Structuring your essay

Two-sided essays

If you are asked to compare, contrast or differentiate two items, use a two-sided approach. However, this structure can be limited. It suggests equality between the two but doesn't allow for weighing more in favour of one side of the argument.

Two sided essay flowchart

Most uni-level essays want you to evaluate by forming an opinion and supporting it, not to describe.

Example of a two-sided essay (PDF opens in new window)