Musings on assessment: assessing essay plans


There is no question that writing, and in particular academic writing to a deadline, is a major source of anxiety for students (at any level!).The reasons as to why so much anxiety focuses around a task that lies at the core of the university experience – at least for arts students- are certainly complex, and worth unpacking. One of the reasons though can often be poor planning of essays, which results in a very complex and time- consuming writing process where the writer simultaneously tries to write well while at the same time still working through the linearity of the argument. So, at one and the same time, a writer may be polishing off a particular section while trying to fit it into the flow of the discussion. It makes the writing process unpredictable, and in the case of students trying to finish several assignments to the same deadline, this…

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