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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds I find developing my own opinion on topics quite difficult. Most lectures encourage your own opinion to be heard because everyone’s is going to be different. And that’s what they encourage you to put into your essays. At University, it’s all about your opinion, your voice on that particular theme. Sometimes, I’ve written an essay in the past where I find myself sitting on the fence. And that’s perfectly fine. Because that’s still an opinion. I think the structure of writing is really different from what was required at A level. The structure of writing that you need differs a lot to the structure of writing at school.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 seconds {That’s_pretty} because you’ve got to go in a lot more depth and a lot more detail than you’re being asked to at school. And you have access to a lot more sources. It’s the case of trying to fit much more into a smaller word limit and trying to be concise about your writing. The writing style is very much different, and you’re required to be much more fluid in your writing. At college in sixth form you have an A, B, C, D structure or language form structure. Whereas at University, you are narrowing down an argument. So instead of having the A, B, C, D, it’s all jumbled up.

Skip to 1 minute and 13 seconds I found the structuring of the thesis of essays a bit more complex at University. But then again, the university level require more in-depth analysis of the topic of your choosing. Before I came to University, my essays were full of waffle. Absolutely full of it. But once I’ve come to University, I’ve seen my word count shrink. Everything’s changed. You write everything more concisely and to the point. It’s harder at University to structure an essay. But in the end, because you can research, it’s more rewarding, and you end up with probably a piece of writing that you’re prouder of because it’s less confined to the structure of an A-Level essay.

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