Apr 10, 2022
Are you all right? "Yes, I'm fine."
The identical question is posed to you every day. Are you, however, truly exceptional? Is it the same deception? You may be telling the same lie every day, but you're burning on the inside.
What about when it comes to the skill of essay writing? Are you confident in your abilities? Do you think you have what it takes to compose an essay that will hold the attention of your audience?
Essay writing is a crucial talent that every student should be able to master. Getting into college truly necessitates writing an admission essay, which may determine whether or not you are admitted to prestigious universities such as Harvard.
In this comprehensive handbook. From the introduction to the conclusion, I've included all of the necessary tools to assist you in writing a superior essay.
The first step and biggest task in the essay writing process are choosing the best topic. Yes! Choosing a topic might be challenging because if you choose right, you are going to enjoy writing the essay but if you choose wrong the writing process will be daunting.
Always choose an essay topic that interests you and has enough points for you to cover and make a strong conclusion.
When writing an essay, you can have two situations. In the first, the topic is assigned to you and in the second, you have to choose the topic yourself:
You may think that where the essay topic is assigned, your work is cut out for you. However, this is not the case.
First, you have to think about the kind of paper you are supposed to produce. You might be expected to give a specific analysis or general overview of the topic. The topic you have been assigned will aid you in getting to the conclusion of whether you will be needed to give a general overview or otherwise.
For example, given the essay topic, “The real estate industry of Des Moines,” you will be expected to give a specific analysis of the industry. On the other hand, a topic like, “Des Moines” will require you to give a general overview of the city.
The topic you are assigned can also be general, and before writing, you will be required to narrow down what you will write about. When given a topic like “Nigeria,” you can decide whether to write about the country’s economy, politics, or history.
In this situation, the world is literally yours to take. If the subject is history, you can decide what in history you want to write about. The World Wars? Colonialism in Africa and India? Prominent Political Figures in the World? This leeway comes with a challenge, as it becomes more difficult to narrow your options down.
What do you intend to achieve after the last word in the essay? Do you want to educate, persuade, argue or narrate? The topic you choose should fit the purpose.
After identifying the purpose of your essay, write down a few subject areas that you want to explore. You are advised to pick topics in an area in which you have an interest as this is more likely to give you a better quality essay. Write down everything that comes to mind.
Look at each topic you have written in the previous step. How passionate are you about each of them? How much knowledge do you have about one topic or the other? What is the number of ideas you have on the topic?
Evaluation is dependent on the purpose of the essay. In an essay where you are required to persuade, you should at least be passionate about the topic you are writing about. In one where you have to narrate, ensure that the amount of info you have on the topic is enough for a complete narration. Where the essay requires you to educate, you must be knowledgeable in the subject area. The more ideas you have on a subject you are passionate about, the better for the quality of your essay.
In a number of situations, none of the topics might be appealing to you. Here, it is best to go with one in which you can scrape the most words out of, as it might turn out to be an interesting one.
After picking the topic, go back to the first point where you determine whether the essay you have chosen is a general overview one or it requires a specific analysis. You can move on to the next step after determining that the topic is suitable for you.
This is the second step after choosing an essay topic. The aim of an outline is to put the ideas you have about the subject matter of the essay on paper. It also gives you the structure you will use when writing the essay.
Take a piece of paper or single out a page in which you will draw this diagram of outlines. You can have a flow chart or a diagram that moves outward from the main idea.
In a flow chart, the top will have the topic of your essay. Each topic has several main ideas and these should be indicated by breaking the subject matter into several leaves. These main ideas can be broken down into sub-points which are indicated in leaves off of the major point. This flow chart goes on to the least point you have in mind.
Alternatively, you can have a circular design where the topic is indicated at the center of the diagram in a circle or a horizontal line. It then breaks out towards the main ideas that are also indicated in circles or lines, and these also break out into points and sub-points.
An outline is fairly easy and more common than a diagram. Here, you write the topic of the essay at the top of the page. This topic is then broken down into main ideas that are indicated in numerals. The main points are your strongest arguments, the steps to be followed in a process, or the categories into which your information can be divided. Under these main ideas, indicate the facts that support them.
Knowing the topic and reading extensively is not enough for you to write a good essay that will resonate with your reader or professor. You’ll need to know the type of essay and understand the best approach and practices for writing the specific type of essay.
An argumentative essay requires you to investigate a topic by collecting and evaluating evidence to establish a position on the topic in a precise manner
“Should medical marijuana be legalized?”
Click the link below to find argumentative essay topics examples you can use to write your next essay
You can also see a written argumentative essay example
How to apply makeup, how to write an essay, and how to prepare a pizza. You need to follow a particular procedure to do that. An analytical essay follows a particular procedure to analyze behavior, tendency, and event through logical reasoning and structure.
I found a great article on Wiki How on how to write a process analysis essay
An expository essay is used to explain a concept in a simple manner. The goal of the expository essay is to present the facts on both sides in a straight forward manner without proving anything.
” Explain why anesthesia is used during surgery”
A descriptive essay is used to describe events, people, or a place. A descriptive essay should be detailed giving an explanation on how it smells, feels, looks, shape, size e.t.fc
You describe things, people, nature events, or your grandma’s perfect cake. You should not write about your general impression. You have to describe all the aspects of your subject: how it looks, how it smells, how it feels, etc.
“Describe your home”
As the name suggests, this essay should persuade the reader into accepting a particular view. To write a brilliant persuasive essay, you are required to provide compelling arguments eloquently and ooze with confidence.
“Should the United States Accept refugees?”
Here is a guide you can read to learn more on how to write a persuasive essay
A definition essay requires you to define a concept, term, or even a phenomenon in a detailed manner. A good definition essay should provide the meaning, origin, and usage of the term.
This kind of essay is almost similar to an argumentative one. The main difference is that the sources for this paper are as stated by the lecturer or instructor.
If you scan through all the guides available on writing the introduction of an essay. Two things stand out that’s:
The absolute best practice for writing your essay introduction is to write it after you have written the body of the essay. You shouldn’t write the introduction first, because you aren’t sure what you might end up writing in the body.
What is typical of the best introductions?
How do you write a brief yet great thesis statement?
These questions will be answered in this section.
Writing the introductory paragraph of your essay can be a daunting task, as it determines whether the reader will stick around to read the body paragraphs. To catch your reader’s attention, the introduction must be interesting and catchy. However, it should have enough meat to keep your readers hooked.
There are different ways to start your essay, and they are explained in the article How to Write a Basic Essay.
Use the tips below when writing your introduction:
… but not too broad. Writing introductions that are too broad is a problem that is seen where you are very knowledgeable about the topic you are working on. You might feel the need to inform the reader everything you know on the topic, and a bit more. However, this might end up confusing or boring the reader.
For example, when you are writing an essay on “Politics in Kenya,” the following introduction might be a bit too broad:
“Kenya is one of the biggest economies in East and Central Africa. As of early 2017, the country had an estimated population of about 45 million people. The people of Kenya are divided into 44 ethnic groups, each of which has different customs and cultures. The country is also divided into 47 counties….”
As much as the information above is true, it is unnecessary to your topic, which is “Politics in Kenya.” Plus, it feels like you are just throwing information around. The alternative that is broad enough is:
“In 1963, Kenya was freed from the clutches of colonialism. This saw the birth of politics in Kenya as we know it today. The first president of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta was elected in 1963 as the Prime Minister and became president in 1964. Throughout the decades, Kenya’s political scene has….”
In this case, the reader can clearly see where you are headed with the paragraph. The first statement was broad, talking about Kenya’s independence. The second was beginning to get specific, introducing one of the pioneer political figures, and after that, we can see the journey into Kenya’s politics through the sentences.
When learning how to write a college essay, it is important to know that you need to provide relevant background to the topic in the introduction. However, ensure that you don’t begin with your true argument, as the main ideas of your essay are to be found in your body paragraphs.
Therefore, rather than provide evidence, just give the context. Introduce the argument rather than try to prove it.
Using anecdotes is one of the ways in which you can learn how to write an essay paragraph. However, the trick with anecdotes is that they have to be relevant to the topic provided. A random story about a boy who fell from a roller coaster may be unnecessary in an essay about World War II. On the other hand, a story about Nelson Mandela’s childhood may be helpful when you are leading a story on the Independence of South Africa.
Clichés make you look lazy as if you could not be bothered to come up with a new thought. Even though it might have been successful once, chances are that it will not work for you. So stay away from clichés, try and create your own introduction. An example is starting with a definition.
Ensure that your introduction tells your reader that your essay is worth reading. Try and make it interesting by using startling facts, unique anecdotes, and interesting conversations.
Another important step on how to write an essay is writing the thesis statement. As long as you have determined the purpose of your essay, writing a thesis statement will not be difficult.
A thesis statement is a sentence that tells the reader what your paper is going to discuss. The arguments and discussions of the paper will all be based on this statement.
In order to better understand how to write a good thesis statement, you need to know that they are categorized according to the type of essay they are used in. Therefore, they can be divided into:
Argumentative Thesis Statements
Expository Thesis Statements
Analytical Thesis Statements
Again, analytical thesis statements are used whereby the academic paper that you are working on is of an analytical nature. Analysis of data or a particular concept is the process of breaking down a particular concept in order to examine it piece by piece.
To see examples of thesis statements for each type of essay, check 15+ Examples of Thesis Statements
As mentioned above, learning how to write a good thesis statement is first aided by knowing the types. Now that you have learned them, the question becomes, what are things to keep in mind when attempting to compose your thesis statement? They are as discussed below:
You can craft your thesis statement using either of the following ways or by combining the different methods:
When writing a thesis statement, ask yourself what you would like the essay to answer for you. The answer to this question will give you your thesis statement.
For example, a question can be asked, “What is the main challenge facing the most education systems?” The answer can be, “Education systems around the world nurture a white-collar-job mentality, and this translates to unemployment.”
Analytical essays analyze, expository ones give an explanation, while argumentative essays present an argument. Your thesis statement should be in line with the type of essay you are writing. The example above, “Education systems around the world nurture a white-collar-job mentality, and this translates to unemployment,” is an expository thesis statement. The essay that will be written from it will explain how education systems cause unemployment.
This is especially the case with an argumentative essay. In your thesis statement, you should be very clear as to what side you are on, and avoid ambiguity. This helps makes it more powerful. To give an example, “Obamacare is clearly a better alternative for the poor in the country than the American Health Care Act.”
See, the thesis statement is one that forms the basis on which your essay is written. It is impractical to write a thesis statement that cannot be discussed, because then, what will your paper be expounding on?
This is especially important where your essay is an argumentative one. A thesis statement stating that “90% of African countries have a third-world economy” is a fact and cannot be argued against. However, one that says “African aid does more harm than good to the continent” is actually debatable.
Another mistake most people make when writing a thesis statement is that they write one that is too broad. A broad thesis statement makes for a paper that is flinty at best, with no particular direction. However, a focused one gives your paper a singular purpose, and this gives you a better chance of writing a quality job.
For example, a thesis statement saying, “Not taking care of yourself when pregnant is bad” has no particular stand. What does “taking care of yourself” in this case entails?
The preferred alternative could be, “Habits such as drinking alcohol, over-exercising and smoking cigarettes by an expectant woman could prove harmful to her unborn child.”
A summary of the claims that are to be discussed in the paper should be indicated in the thesis statement. Therefore, rather than write one that says, “Tobacco is harmful to your health,” you could write “The effects of tobacco, which includes teeth discoloration, breathing problems, and lung cancer are all reason why its legality should be contested”
The body of the essay is your playground where you prove your prowess and knowledge regarding the topic. The best practice is to use topic sentences, supporting sentences, examples (if necessary), and concluding sentences in each paragraph. You shouldn’t write more than one point per paragraph.
The body paragraphs of the essay comprise the meat of your paper, and it is from them that you will be mostly graded. Therefore, it is important that you understand how to write an informative body paragraph that will earn you good grades. In this section, we will discuss the composition of a body paragraph: the topic sentence and supporting sentences.
The following procedure is used in writing the body paragraph of an essay:
This is the topic sentence and in it, you make a claim about the overall subject of the essay. Writing this sentence will be discussed in detail later in the article.
In this sentence, you are to explain why the topic sentence is true. Alternatively, if the idea is extensive and cannot fit in the topic sentence, you can develop it further in the second sentence.
This is the statement in which you give an example of the claim made in the first sentence of the body paragraph.
In this sentence, you can give another example of the claim. You can also do away with the sentence if you don’t have another example.
This is the final sentence of the paragraph, and it is used, to sum up, your arguments. It is a conclusive statement.
Before delving into the essay, it is important to write your main points down. These points are the primary support for your essay.
When writing the topic sentence, the main arguments for the essay are incorporated.
For example, you can have your essay topic as “Literature in the 21st Century.” In this paper, you may decide to focus on the effects of technology on literature today. One of the primary support for this essay is that technology has made writing easier and faster. Therefore, you can have your topic sentence as:
“Technology has made writing much easier and faster.”
Now let us examine this sentence. First, it is very clear. The sentence clearly stated the positive effect of technology, which is the improvement in the efficiency of writing. Secondly, it is relevant to the topic of the essay, which is the effect of technology on literature in the 21st century. This statement is also very specific without delving into any unnecessary details.
These are the three main characteristics of any topic sentence: clear, relevant, and specific.
Your topic sentence cannot stand on its own. It requires support using examples and evidence, and these are given in the supporting sentences. In the template above, we have indicated 4 supporting sentences that you can use when writing your body paragraph. Using the essay example above:
Sentence #2: This is especially seen in the typing of manuscripts which can now be done within a shorter period of time. The delivery of the work for publishing has also been made more convenient.
This sentence has been used to further develop the topic sentence, stating exactly how technology has made writing in this century faster.
The third and fourth sentences in the body paragraph are among the most important in essay writing. This is because it provides the evidence from which the writer is making the claims. This is done through examples as shown:
Sentence #3: For instance, if a writer today gets the idea for a story or article, all he has to do is get a computer, sit down and type it. Before technology, he might have needed to first physically write the article and then get a typewriter on which to type it.
Sentence #4: Furthermore, delivering the manuscript to his publisher is now easier. He can simply send it through email, unlike previously when he might have had to deliver it in person.
In essay writing, the final sentence of the paragraph gives the conclusion of the ideas discussed in the paragraph. In the essay example above, you can have your final sentence as:
Sentence #5: It is, therefore, clear that technology has played a major role in increasing efficiency in writing.
The complete body paragraph as given above is:
“Technology has made writing much easier and faster. This is especially seen in the typing of manuscripts which can now be done within a shorter period of time. The delivery of the work for publishing has also been made more convenient. For instance, if a writer today gets the idea for a story or article, all he has to do is get a computer, sit down and type it. Before technology, he might have needed to first physically write the article and then get a typewriter on which to type it. Furthermore, delivering the manuscript to his publisher is now easier. He can simply send it through email, unlike previously when he might have had to deliver it in person. It is, therefore, clear that technology has played a major role in increasing efficiency in writing.”
In essay writing, composing body paragraphs is essential to getting the best grades. The guide above has shown how to write a body paragraph. However, another issue that students have is linking different paragraphs together. How do you transition from one paragraph to another in an organic way? How do you ensure that you don’t seem like you are jumping to different ideas? Is there a way to ensure that you are flowing through them?
This guide's goal is to assist you in learning how to write a decent essay. You've learned how to write a killer introduction, a strong thesis statement, and engaging body paragraphs so far. The challenge for most pupils, though, is moving between paragraphs and phrases.
This section will teach how to transition properly in your essay to give it a natural feel.
There are several transitions that you must make in an essay. The initial transition is from one sentence to the next. How do you link sentences such that the reader can perceive the connection? The opening paragraph and the first body paragraph are connected by another transition. So, now that you've written your thesis statement, how do you transition from it to the first body paragraph? Between the body paragraphs is the final transition. How do you begin a new main point after you've finished describing the previous one? It's crucial to know how to make these transitions when learning how to write a decent essay.
I'll use the following text to clarify these transitions:
"There are three main fantasy trilogies that have left an indelible effect on today's literature. The Lord of the Rings is one of the most well-known fantasy books today. This novel follows Harry Potter, a young boy, as he embarks on a series of adventures after enrolling at Hogwarts School of Magic. In a world where there is a lot of evil, he represents good. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings explores the issue of good versus evil in a similar way. The hobbits strive to defeat Sauron by destroying the ring that will grant him ultimate power. Finally, A Song of Ice and Fire tries to show good and evil, albeit the distinctions between the two can be blurred at times. In the first two books, it is evident that good people triumph over evil in the end. However, we're still holding our breath with ASOIF. Will the white walkers be able to conquer the people south of the wall, or will the kingdoms of Westeros be able to repel them?"
Under typical situations, a joining word is used to connect two phrases. There are several types of conjunctions to choose from, depending on the link between the two sentences. Some conjunctions illustrate resemblance between the two sentences, while others show the distinctions. Other conjunctions provide more information, while others reflect the initial sentence's consequence.
"Similarly," "Finally," and "However" are the conjunctions used in the preceding paragraph. The first comparison demonstrates how Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings are comparable. The second denotes a sequence's conclusion, whereas the third denotes contrast.
It's crucial to understand the usage of conjunctions between sentences while learning how to write a decent essay because it provides your paragraphs with a flow. Conjunctions, on the other hand, should not be utilized in places where they don't belong because they aren't always necessary.
We discussed how to develop a thesis statement in the second piece in our series on how to write a strong essay. This statement appears at the end of the first paragraph and serves as the foundation for the essay.
The topic sentence serves as a segue to the first body paragraph. In order for the reader to see the relationship between the two, this topic phrase should look back at the thesis statement and forward to your first primary point.
As an illustration:
Thesis: Public transportation has the potential to alleviate some of our cities' most chronic and critical issues.
The first major issue that public transit will help to alleviate is traffic congestion.
The connection has been created in the preceding sentence when it first indicates that what will be revealed is a problem. The thesis statements make reference to difficulties that have been solved by the use of public transportation. The text then goes on to discuss the first issue, which is traffic congestion.
In a similar fashion, the transition between paragraphs is made. Rather than making the connection in the last statement of the first paragraph, you should do it in the next paragraph's topic sentence.
Using the prior example of fantasy trilogies, the following paragraph could start like this:
"We see the aspect of power playing a large role in these books, aside from the topic of good and evil."
You will have referenced the previous paragraph's subject, which is the theme of good versus evil, in the statement above. Furthermore, you will have introduced a new issue for discussion in the paragraph, namely the power element.
As previously noted, conjunctions will not be used to mark all transitions. The transition between two phrases or paragraphs will be visible in the flow of logic in other cases.
Mr. and Mrs. Elliot is an excerpt from one of Ernest Hemmingway's short stories:
His heart began to race, and he raced back to his own chamber, but Cornelia was fast sleeping. He didn't want to wake her, so everything was soon back to normal, and he slept soundly.
The next day, they paid a visit to his mother before setting off for Europe. It was feasible to conceive a child, but Cornelia..."
This section is made up of the end of one paragraph and the start of another. Hemmingway didn't say anything about what was going on in the paragraph following, as illustrated in the sample above. He simply made a logical and understandable transition. He mentions that the character went to bed at the end of the first paragraph, and the next paragraph is about the next day.
When learning how to write a decent essay, it's crucial to know when to use logic to imply a connection between paragraphs.
The conclusion is crucial, and you should go out on a high note. The thesis statement should be restated as the first step in developing the conclusion. You then thoughtfully summarize your important points in the body of your essay.
You may feel as if you don't need to put as much effort into the conclusion after going through the process of writing the entire essay. In fact, if you're anything like me, writing conclusions may be a chore.
Consider the closing paragraph as your home stretch when writing essays. The final lap determines whether you will receive the good grades for which you have worked throughout the essay. You'll be able to produce killer conclusions if you keep this mindset and follow the recommendations below.
Continue reading to learn how this is accomplished.
Essay writing is a lengthy procedure that will most likely include a mixture of short and long sentences and words. In the last section of this article, I explained how to create a simple essay and how to write body paragraphs. When the reader reaches the end of the book, he or she may feel fatigued from reading. As a result, you should make sure that your conclusion contains monosyllabic words and brief sentences. Your reader will be able to quickly glance over it without exerting too much effort.
The beginning, as discussed in the second piece in this series, Writing the Introduction and Thesis Statement, should provide an outline of what you plan to write in the essay. When writing the conclusion, you are expected to repeat the introduction by first mentioning the thesis statement organically. This can help you write a summary of what you've said in the article so far. However, make sure you don't repeat anything you said in the introduction word for word.
The thesis statement serves as the foundation for the rest of your essay. Rewriting it in the final paragraph allows you to reassert your major point of dispute and briefly highlight the evidence that supports it. This proof is derived from the essay's main body paragraphs, which distinguishes the conclusion from the introduction.
I mentioned in the last step that your conclusion should restate the key argument and connect it to the evidence. This isn't the end of it. Following that, you must discuss the ramifications and relevance of your findings. What is the significance of the primary point? What are the consequences of your supporting argument if it's a persuasive essay?
When writing an essay, if your thesis statement is "Education systems around the world encourage a white-collar attitude," your conclusion could be something like this:
"As seen above, several educational systems around the world straight or indirectly encourage students to pursue white-collar occupations. Students with the top grades and GPAs in high school have been shown to enroll in these courses in Western, Eastern, and African countries. However, this has one major implication: joblessness. As a result, it's critical to find a solution to the disparities in education systems that affect both white-collar and blue-collar jobs."
Take note of the following points in the conclusion:
Even though it was not a word-for-word quote, the thesis statement was mentioned a second time.
This conclusion tries to draw conclusions based on the facts presented in the article. In this situation, the evidence is summarized to minimize senseless repetition.
The thesis statement's implication is also mentioned, and in this example, it is the issue of unemployment. It is an unintended consequence of global education systems.
The conclusion's concluding phrase, "It is therefore vital that a solution to various education systems towards both white and blue-collar jobs be discovered," provides a sense of closure. "What Now?" will be the reader's question at this point. This statement makes an attempt to respond to this.
There is a sense of closure for the reader after reading the conclusion above. Every conclusion should strive to bring the essay to a close and leave the reader satisfied.
When writing a conclusion, keep in mind that there are a few things to avoid. To begin, avoid using generic expressions like "In Conclusion" or other similar phrases in the conclusion. They make your writing sound wooden and don't actually pique the reader's interest.
Second, make sure the conclusion doesn't add any new concepts. This is the last section of the essay when you should summarize all you've written.
Finally, in the conclusion, you should make a concluding statement that persuades the reader that your arguments are sound. This is especially true in persuasive and argumentative writings. However, you should avoid any emotional appeals that are inconsistent with the remainder of the work when making this persuasion point. Essays are fact-based academic writings, therefore unless you're writing a narrative essay on someone's life, you should avoid using emotional appeals.
The conclusion is not the last step in the essay writing process. There are a few things you should do to ensure that your essay receives high marks.
Human humans are imperfect, and you may have committed a few tense or grammar errors when writing your article. It is recommended that you read through the document before writing the conclusion. After that, you may run it through a grammar checker to catch any errors you may have missed while editing.
This is yet another crucial step in ensuring that you earn the greatest grades possible for your essay, as plagiarism might result in a grade deduction. Simply run the essay through a plagiarism checker like Grammarly to see if it's plagiarized.
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