Thread of recommendations for students handing in essays in the humanities, specifically history. Written as I mark.
At the very start of your assignment, before you even type an introduction, you should make sure it is clear what question you are answering. I like seeing it in italics on the opening page, but this may vary. Either way, don't keep the marker guessing.
Titles are nice. There is no rule saying that your essay has to be titled "Jeffrey Atkins - Research Essay."
They're sometimes hard to come up with but they make a good impression with even a little thought.