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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


Critical Writing PowerPoint
Video on how to structure paragraphs
using the WEED model
Poster with an example WEED paragraph
Link to  critical writing powerpoint Link to video  WEED paragraphs Link to WEED poster


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 but do not know how to improve it? Following on from the Critical Thinking and Academic Writing workshops, the aim of this workshop is to enable you to take a more critical approach in your writing.  It covers:  

  • Differences between descriptive and critical writing  

  • Using critical language 

  • How to write critical paragraphs  

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

Forthcoming Critical Writing Workshops

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

See below for a recording of a previous workshop 

Critical Writing - recording of workshop on 15 October 2020:  

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

For more information, and to book online, click on the tutorial 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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