For many students the thought of writing an essay invokes a strong feeling of trepidation. We all learn to read and write from our earliest schooling, yet the idea of forming a well structured, presented, concise and cohesive essay is a challenge that even the most accomplished of students will require some guidance with.
Fortunately for those of you that are all too well acquainted with the enemy of any written exercise, the blank Word document, help is at hand. That sinking feeling will no longer plague you. Just follow the steps below and you may be surprised at the results.
Carefully consider the essay writing process
The essay writing process is one part creative exercise one part technical exercise. There are certain steps to ensuring that you execute a polished essay to be proud of. Do your due diligence, research the subject matter thoroughly. Invest time thinking is what you want to talk discuss. Structure the essay stage by stage. The initial research is paramount. Think creatively.
Once this first process is completed, start to think creatively about how to organise the points. Write any short notes or potent points down lest you forget to do so at a later date.
Write an initial structure
Now you've reached, arguably the most difficult part of the process. It's time to write a more comprehensive outline. Give each of the points a logical heading. This will allow you elaborate on what is necessary for a more rounded essay.
Important subheadings include the introduction which must quote the sources of case studies included. Main body of the text – this will include any opinions, comments and findings. Any scientific research or media studies should be reference in the body of the writing. The final subheading is the conclusion – where you bring the essay together and solidify your points / argument.
Correct English is absolutely essential. Where possible use simple language. The use of superfluous and ostentatious adjectives will only alienate the reader. Keep it simple. If you've structured the essay as an argument then you must have enough information to support your claims.
A rough draft of the essay is always advised. Try reading it aloud to yourself. This will allow you to gage the flow of the writing. If it feels disjointed then revisions will need to be made. Analyse the writing and ensure that it feels direct. Waffle or veering off point is the enemy of sound writing.
Essays are your opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and authority on a subject. A strong voice is essential. Back up your arguments with evidence. The essay must compel the reader to think – without losing focus.
There you have it, the successful steps to executing a successful essay. Follow these and you will execute an essay that will be you top marks!