Agriculture is key to many of the most important issues in today's world. Topics like GM (genetic modification), the environment, poverty, famine and development are all closely connected to agriculture. It's an interdisciplinary subject, asking students to understand aspects of biology, chemistry, economics, environmental science and business studies.
To write assignments about agriculture, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to agriculture go to this page::
Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). For agriculture, you will probably write:
- Case Studies, where you demonstrate understanding of a real-life situation
- Critiques, where you evaluate something you've studied from the perspective of your discipline
- Essays, where you make a coherent argument and employ critical thinking skills
- Explanations, where you describe something, how it works and how important it is.
Each of these genres has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about these genres, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it.
If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all agriculture courses are the same and they might include assignments in different genres from the four typical ones above.