Essay Guide

Writing essays is a predominant part of the learning for many courses here at Oxford. This essay-writing guide is intended for students who want to learn more about the skills associated with crafting an essay, as well as those seeking out course-specific advice. This resource is particularly useful for incoming or first year students who want to learn more about planning and writing tutorial essays. If you are a prospective applicant you can read our guide for writing essays for admissions tests here.

The resource is split into four parts, shown below - The ‘General Advice’ section has information that can help you develop key skills, such as active reading and structuring an essay. Course-specific advice can be found under their division heading. For example, if you want information about writing a History essay, you can find the History guide page in the ‘Humanities’ section.

General Advice


Social Sciences

Life Sciences