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Critical Writing

Online tutorial for Critical Writing

Click on the image below to work through the online tutorial for critical writing. There are activities for you to take part in along the way. 

Link to online tutorial for critical writing

Information and videos on critical writing

These guides will introduce you to the basics of critical writing  covering:
  • The difference between critical and descriptive writing
  • Identifying differing opinions in writing 
  • Using the WEED model to create critical paragraphs
  • Identifying different aspects of critical writing 


Video Recording of Critical Writing Workshop 

Link to video for critical writing workshop recording


Visual Guides

Sways Video Poster

The differences between critical and descriptive writing

Visual guide

How to structure paragraphs using the WEED model


An example WEED paragraph

Visual guide

Using critical language

Visual guide


How to write critical paragraphs

Visual guide


Printable Guides

Critical Writing Handout Example of a good critical paragraph Academic keywords or clue words
Link to printable guide for  critical writing Link to printable guide on example of a good critical paragraph Link to printable guide on academic keywords or clue words



Link to Succeed@Tees workshops page with schedule and recordings of workshops                   

Critical Writing Workshops

Have you ever received feedback that your work is too descriptive and would like to know how to improve it?  

The aim of this generic workshop is to enable you to take a more critical approach in your writing.  It covers:   

  • The differences between descriptive and critical writing   

  • Using critical language  

  • How to write critical paragraphs   

This workshop is not subject specific. It is aimed at undergraduates but is suitable for any level of study.


Upcoming Sessions:

Online (via Teams)

If you need further information or any adjustments to fully access our sessions, please contact in advance. 

We are very interested to hear your views about any workshop you attend.

Please complete the feedback form after you have attended.

Click on the calendar image or on the link below to see the programme of other webinars currently being offered:

Further Reading

Online reading list of additional resources and further reading on critical writing

Link to online reading list of additional resources and further reading on critical writing

Next steps

If you thought this information was useful you may want to look at some of the other Learning Hub guides aimed at helping students with being critical and writing 

Being Critical                                 Academic Writing 

Link to other Learning Hub guides aimed at helping with being critical                                  Link to other Learning Hub guides aimed at helping with academic writing



You can get help with your critical writing. 

For more information, click on the icon below: 

Link to booking a one-to-one tutorial for help with critical writing


If you have any comments about this skills guide, we would love to know them. 

Link to Comments and feedback page for the Critical writing page

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