Essays are used as an assessment tool to your ability to research a topic and construct an as well as your understanding of subject content. This does not mean that essays are a ‘regurgitation’ of everything your lecturer has said the course. Essays are your opportunity to explore in greater aspects of the course – theories, issues, texts, etc. and in some cases relate these aspects to a context. It is your opportunity to articulate your ideas, but in a way: using formal academic style.