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Your ability to write essays will dramatically affect your performance at university level. You need to be able to write an essay well. Good essay writing is not a skill you are born with, but it is a skill you can learn.

Structuring your essay

SPSE (Situation Problem Solutions Evaluation) essays

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Use this approach when you are asked to look at a problem and suggest solutions to it.

SPSE essay flowchart

Situation - gives the reader some background, so they can place the problem.

Evaluate - evaluate solutions rather than simply state them.

Example of a SPSE essay (PDF opens in new window)