Lack of a Clear Argument

Not answering the assignment question

The problem

Some essays don't offer an argument. They simply 'cover the topic' in far too general a way.

Essays like this tend to just repeat the information and opinions contained in readings. They are not put to use as evidence for the student's own argument.

The solution

Develop a clear argument. This way, the information you borrow from your readings will be put to your own use, rather than being left to speak for itself.