Are there particular fonts that are the best to write essays with, or make the people who mark it think more highly of it?

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Many schools and publications explicitly specify that Times New Roman is the font to use. However, if you do have a choice Georgia is a superior alternative—less dense, and more readable.
But my favourite, by far, if you have it, is Cambria. Just a pleasure to read, so likely to make your assessor more favourably inclined towards your work.