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A larger fraction of the marks you’ll get for an expository essay will result from how well you know the material. In other essay types, such as an argumentative essay, you’re marked on how well you support your argument and convince the reader to accept your point of view. In an expository essay, the marker will focus more on whether you seem to ‘know your stuff’. So do lots of research on whatever your topic is!

It’s often said that you don’t really understand something until you have to explain it to someone else. This is true in many areas of life. A student may be quite good at mathematics, but often if they’re asked to get up and explain some mathematical concepts to the class they struggle. A plumber may find their job really easy, but when they have to explain their job to someone else who isn’t a plumber they might struggle to get the other person to understand.