Building an Academic Argument

We all argue, but is this enough preparation to present an academic argument?

Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Learning how to write an essay is a skill; it is not necessarily something that you can just sit down and do, although many believe that you can. It is okay to find writing and especially writing assignments difficult.

In order to build an academic argument, you need to:

  • employ critical thinking
  • question the material you are examining
  • make a thesis claim and use supporting evidence
  • provide an overview of the situation
  • divide your writing into points and sub-points.

Your writing should take the reader by the hand; lead them to the logical conclusions by giving them the evidence in a coherent and well-structured assignment.

Sign up for this session and let the tutors provide you with the guidelines that will help you build an argument within your assignment.

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Check out our downloadable handouts on building an academic argument!

These downloadable handouts cover important guidelines for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. These resources are based on common questions about academic writing, general skills and research, exam preparation and specific assignments within your course. When availing of these resources, they will help you unlock YOUR Potential!

Check out the full suite of resources here.

Watch our Gimme Two Minutes Video on Building an Argument!

The Skills Centre 'Gimme Two Minutes' video series, available for viewing on YouTube, focuses on very basic concepts related to the academic writing and preparation skills, delivered by the University College Cork Skills Centre in a short and visual format. These videos can be used as self-learning tools and give you a taste of what sessions and workshops the Skills Centre offers to UCC students.

Listen to our Write Here, Write Now Podcast episode on Building an Academic Argument!