Is a 2:1 achievable for my final yearWatch
Student life, in partnership with UEA
This is some advice I've given to other students that I feel you may find helpful in how to improve your academic writing:
The best thing to do is to stick to your learning outcomes (LO's). This is what your tutor will be marking against. What I do is aim for the 70+ outcome, so try and do your essay according to the 70+ LO and then you're likely to at least get a 2:1.
Make sure that you use lots of different refences: make a point in your essay using evidence then make a counter argument backed up by research/evidence before using other evidence to either invalidate your counter argument or make a point in support of the first argument. This way you will be using critical evaluation/writing which is what they want to see in your third year.
This site provides some helpful advice to better academic writing: https://libguides.shu.ac.uk/academicwriting and this provides some simple resources: https://libguides.shu.ac.uk/c.php?g=673603&p=4829958.
Also, don't try to pack everything in (something I used to do a lot!) as then you can't go into detail of, for example, a policy or theory. Best thing to do is make a few detailed points with lots of evidence and citations and then use these to make insightful explanations/interpretations.
Your university may have skills sessions around academic writing, critical writing (which is what you need to do in order to achieve the best marks) and about understanding LO's and using these to make the best out of your essay, and if they do then you should attend them! I have and they are very helpful.
To work on your assignment you could go to the library with other students to do your work together, as it can be motivating when others around you are working, or if you find it better to work alone, go to the library by yourself in order to be able to concentrate more fully.
I hope this helped, best of luck in your coming assignments.