count the words in my essay
Practise writing at home so you know more or less how much of your writing on a page is 60 words, 100 words or 150 words.
It’s really important to know how many words you need to write and to make sure you don’t write more or fewer. You will lose marks for writing too much or not writing enough!
The word count is a communication about the level of detail required. It would be possible to write a short statement of 80 words, or a thesis of 80 000 words, on the same topic. The word count lets you know information such as how much detail to give, how many main points and sub points to choose, and how detailed the examples should be.
Self-access resources from the Academic Writing Centre at the UCL Institute of Education.
✔ Authors’ Contributions section
Word count does not include:
In Microsoft Word the number of words in your document is displayed on the status bar at the bottom left of the workspace.
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While different styles may give you advice for whether or not to include references in your Word Count (for example, APA recommends including everything – even the headers and footers), this is actually a matter for your markers to answer, as it is normally a decision made by the College.
Often (but not always) markers will count everything in the body of your assignment (including quotes and in-text citations), but will not include the reference list in their calculations. However, this might not be the case for your course.