Steps to write a Good Essay
Start by understanding what is asked in the question and stick to the topic. No matter how interesting or well-written an essay, you will not be given any credit for your efforts unless it pertains to the topic mentioned.
If the prompt is complicated and consists of several parts, analyze your final draft and check if you covered every point of the essay prompt.
You need to ensure you have a very clear structure. If you are dealing with a number of issues, the relation between them should be clearly explained. The connections between each stage of your argument and the original question should be evident throughout the essay.
Organize thoughts into the three-section format – Introduction, Supporting ideas & conclusion
Your introduction should capture the interest of your audience and set stage for what follows. Do include your thesis statement in the introduction. The thesis is what you are trying to argue; it is your opinion on an issue. It is typically one sentence clearly stating your position
Ideally each supporting paragraph should focus only on a single idea. Begin paragraphs with topic sentences, support assertions with evidence, and expand on your ideas clearly. Cite examples to provide evidence for your essay.
The conclusion should restate the thesis statement, briefly summarize the arguments that you made and finish by stating the ultimate point of your essay. You can end with a memorable quotation, or an interesting twist of logic, or some call to action etc.
⦁ Read articles across different subject areas
⦁ Brush up on basic fundamentals of English usage and structure
Essay Writing – Tips
⦁ Organize thoughts into the three-section format – Introduction, Supporting ideas & conclusion.
⦁ Use Simple Sentences – Writing complicated sentences doesn’t indicate elaborate writing style. Rather it may show your inability to convey information in a simple and readable format. What’s more, complicated sentences increase the risk of grammar errors.
⦁ Put each main idea in to a separate paragraph. If you are dealing with a number of issues, the relation between them should be clearly explained. The connections between each stage of your argument and the original question should be evident throughout the essay.
⦁ Do not numbers the paragraphs nor give them sub-headings.
⦁ Ensure you do not use slang and colloquial terms
⦁ Use Gender Neutral language.
⦁ Keep in mind the elementary rules of punctuation.
⦁ Use transition words between paragraphs – these help to connect each idea with the previous one, serving like bridges between paragraphs. Examples of phrases you can use for transitions between paragraphs include: As has been noted, To put it briefly, On the other hand etc.
⦁ Cite examples
⦁ Keep your tone informative and descriptive.