Literacy Tips

Literacy Tips

How to write an analysis

Many subjects require our students to write analytically. Frequently, however, our students do not realise that the writing techniques needed are largely the same, no matter what the subject. It is a style of writing that uses language and conventions that can feel unfamiliar to our students.

Analysis is a rigorous form of writing.  It is less about the ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘when’ and more about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ which means students must avoid simply re-telling the story of what has happened. Analysis is not a summary or a description.

Key features of writing an analysis:

When writing, students should:

‘Potassium was added…’

‘Secondary effects usually occur as a result of primary effects.’

whereas

though

while

unless

on the other hand

equally

similarly