It’s very common for students to use long words they don’t understand very well in their essays and theses because they have a certain idea of what academic writing should be.
Many students believe that academic writing is wordy and convoluted, and uses a lot of jargon.
Mainly used in the introduction to indicate how you are going to address the assignment, the key themes you will cover and in which order.
They are also used to direct the reader throughout the assignment and to signal the conclusion.
There are two main types of signposting: introductions, conclusions and outlining main arguments/ the direction of the argument in paragraphs/opening phrases. This essay seeks to investigate/evaluate/illustrate/discuss the impact of ...
connecting words help guide the reader through the argument by linking ideas, sentences and paragraphs.
Clearly, this essay has shown that the main factors which impact upon …
This essay has focussed on three factors affecting …
Signposts can be divided into two broad categories: major signposts and linking words and phrases.
Signposts are the phrases and words which guide the reader through your assignment.