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Critical Writing: Help


 Critical writing

Have you ever received feedback that your work is too descriptive but do not know how to improve it? Following on from the Critical Thinking and Academic Writing guides, the aim of this guide is to help you take a more critical approach to your writing.  It covers:

  • differences between descriptive and critical writing
  • identifying critical writing
  • how to write critical paragraphs

This guide is aimed at undergraduates but is suitable for any level of study.             

Forthcoming Workshops

The workshop is on the following dates:

Tuesday 28th January 2020  12:00 -13:00 TG.07  (The Curve)

Thursday 27th  February 2020

13.00 - 14.00  T1.02  (The Curve)


There's no need to book - just come along

If you need any adjustments to fully access this session, please contact in advance.


Online tutorial for critical writing

If you cannot view the online tutorial below, go to the following web page


Remember to look for the evidence for all the arguments that you come across

Academic Phrasebank

The Academic Phrasebank, from the University of Manchester, aims to provide you with phrases of writing for different sections of your writing, including phrases for being critical.

Other relevant guides

Tutorials for writing

You can book one-to-one tutorials with a learning advisor for help with your critical writing. 

For more information, and to book online, go to Book a Tutorial.


The Perfect Paragraph

Further Reading

Using material on this page