Video Q&A 5 – An Essay Topic about Social Work plus Thesis Writing Tips

In today’s video I am answering Jemma’s question of whether she is on the right track or not – writing a 1,500-word essay on Social Work. So, here’s what you will learn:

  • How to develop a topic really well
  • How to avoid repeating yourself
  • How to write a thesis statement that is easy for your professor to understand and grade

Here’s Jemma’s question:

“Hi Tutor Phil,

I found your site on you tube and think it is very informative.

I started a social work degree in September. I am currently feeling like a fish out of water as I have not studied academically since school, which was 18 years ago.

We have been set our first 1500 essay which is:

“Critically discuss a significant development in social work, post world war two.”

I have decided to look at the Seebohm Report 1968 as I briefly looked at this while doing an Open University course some time ago.

My thoughts so far with regards to tackling this essay are as follows:

  • Briefly describe the development
  • How & why was it significant at the time?
  • Report flaws – why certain things did not work
  • How does it link with social work practices today?

Do you think I am heading the right direction? Any guidance would be very much appreciated.

Kind regards


Enjoy, Jemma 🙂


  1. amina bada says

    Dear Mr Tutor. Phil,

    I have a problem in the writing skill. Since English is my third spoken language, I usually think in my mother tongue during the writing, I spend a lot of time in the writing. I wonder if you could help me to write well especially in the official exams such as: FCE?
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Yours Sincerely,

    • TutorPhil says

      This is a good question, Amina, and deserves a thorough answer.

      If you are signed up to my newsletter (by entering your name and email in the box on the right and hitting the button), then you will be posted on when I have completed the video. Otherwise, check back in on my blog every now and then…

      I will post it on this site when it is ready. This is a deeper issue than I can discuss in a short post 🙂

      Thanks for the question…


  2. Crystal says

    Dear Tutor Mr. Phil,

    I have been wanting to buy your book Stop Essay Pain but I wasn’t sure if it safe to download and secured. Also how much is it exactly?
    Please let me know soon.
    Thanks for your time

    • TutorPhil says


      The website to order the ebook is 100% safe, because I accept payments through paypal. You may google paypal and do some due diligence for yourself to be sure.

      The ebook and the bonus are $37 total, and you will receive your products within 90 seconds of purchase. Just follow the instructions and keep an eye on your inbox.

      Here is where you can learn more and order:

      Please let me know if you have any additional questions.


  3. Samiya says

    Dear Mr. Phil,
    I want to take Ielts exam but I have problem when it comes to writing essay because some time they give us topic that we don’t have mor opinion or idea about it so is your lesson good for like this?? because I just need to learn writing 300 words clear without mistakes .


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