Here's a few ideas that may help you write better paragraphs.
- You should be able to sum up your paragraph in one or two words. Try writing this in the margin of your essay and look through to check that you are not repeating yourself.
- If your paragraph ends with a reference, this suggests that you haven't analysed your subject or given a conclusion - you've missed out the 'Do' of WEED.
- Try not to start a paragraph with a reference or it may not be clear what your paragraph is about - you've missed out the 'What' of WEED.
- Make sure that your examples and evidence fit with the topic sentence. Sometimes students provide evidence that doesn't properly support the subject. This can be very confusing for a reader, and makes your lecturer think that you haven't understood your research.
- In academic writing, you need to look at opposing views so that you can demonstrate that you've considered your argument in-depth. It may be clearer if you put the counter arguments into separate paragraphs rather than trying to fit them into a single paragraph. If they're in the same paragraph, you need to make sure that it's clear which side of the argument you support and why.
- Each paragraph should make sense on its own. For example, don't put 'that' or 'it' in your topic sentence without explaining what 'that' or 'it' is.