Academic and Critical Writing Tips

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Music and Wellbeing
Module Code: PX7505
The difference between descriptive and critical writing.
Descriptive writing
Analytical and evaluative writing
States what happened
States what something is like
Identifies the significance
Judge strengths and weaknesses
Gives the story so far
Weighs one piece of information against
States the order in which things happened another
Makes reasoned judgments
Says how to do something
Argues a case according to evidence
Explains what a theory says
Shows why something is relevant or suitable
Explains how something works
Indicates why something will work (best)
Notes the method used
Says when something occurred
Indicates whether something is appropriate
or
suitablewhy the timing is important
Identifies
States the different components
Weighs up the importance of component
parts
States options
Lists details
Lists in any order
Gives reasons for selecting each option
Evaluates the relative significance of details
Structures information in order of importance
States links between items
Shows relevance of links between pieces of
information
Gives information
Draws conclusions
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