How To Write An Essay – Everything You Need To Know
Amazing as it may seem, it is possible to tell you everything you need to know about writing an essay in this relatively short article. That is because the fundamentals of writing an essay have been set in stone for generations. Educational institutions endorse these fundamentals. Teachers in schools and colleges endorse these fundamentals. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. The right formula has been invented, has been tried and tested and is available for you to put into practice.
These are the things you need to know.
- get the choice of topic right
- understand the nature of the essay
- understand the structure of the essay
- know the rules of essay writing
- answer the question being asked
If you don't already know this, mark it in your diary and in your brain today. The choice of topic for your essay largely determines your success. If you choose a topic which is a subject you like or have knowledge in or would like to study then you are in a far better position than a student writing an essay on a topic they don't like.
There are all types of essays. You need to know the difference between these types and definitely follow the rules of each particular essay.
While there are different types or genres of essays it is fair to say that there is only one structure. This is made up of three parts which include the introduction, the middle section or fact paragraphs and the conclusion or final part. Each one of these parts of an essay has a role to play. In the introduction include your thesis statement and a brief explanation of what is to follow. The fact paragraphs have one main point in each and the conclusion is a summary of all that has gone before.
The rules of essay writing can include the size of the paper, the size of the margin, the size of the font, the number of words you are allowed to use and so many other facts which you must support. Your teacher or professor will have set out explicit instructions regarding the presentation of your essay. Ignore them at your peril.
Probably the greatest piece of advice you can ever be given when writing an essay is to stick to the topic. So many students can write well even very well but do not get the mark they deserve for their essay because they have wandered from the path. Answer the question being asked and stick to the topic.