No matter how much you would want just to jump into the process of writing your essay, there are some very important steps that you should take into consideration. These steps will provide you the solid footing that you need before actually writing the essay.
What is the question?
First of all, you should understand and study the question. The teacher has not asked you to write about anything you want, he/she has given a specific topic, a specific question that needs to be answered. Take the necessary time and explore the meaning of the question and makes sure you completely understand what you are being asked to do.
Once you understood the question, start brainstorming. Write down any information and ideas that you can think of related to the subject. Write them randomly, as they come to your mind. Don’t worry about the order. You will organize it later. Write all the relevant points that you want to include in your essay. They might remind you of other things too.
Now that you understood what you have to do and also have some random ideas about what you will write, you have to think about the main line of your argument. This will be the backbone of your essay. Start organizing the ideas you have written earlier into a well-structured essay. Decide what your approach will be (chronological, thematic, etc.) and what will include each of the paragraphs.
Begin to group ideas including along the way more relevant points and factors that might pop into your mind. Start ordering the paragraphs and try to see the links between them to help the flow of the essay.
Approach a systematic research rather than a general one. Target only the information that is relevant to your essay, but first decide how much research you need, how many book and articles you will need to read, what online resources you will explore and if you need any video sources. Do you also need to visit galleries or museums for your research? If yes, then you should consider how much time this will take and adjust your timeline.
The introduction should include your main line of argument and how you will tackle it. The body of the essay should have four paragraphs, each of a reasonable length and discussing a single issue or a combination of. In conclusion, you basically summarize the main arguments that you have made in the essay, ending with the main argument.
Catch your examiner’s eye
Consider how many essays your teacher or examiner will read. There might be hundreds. So how can you make your essay stand out? Here are some tips that you can use:
- Your introduction should be really good. Choose a snappy sentence as your introductory line to show that you have a firm grasp of the topic.
- Have a solid plan. If the examiner sees that each of the paragraphs deals with the issues and points that you raised in the introduction, he/she will understand that you are fully in control.
- Start each paragraph with a strong argumentative point linked to the backbone of your essay. Then explain this point and prove it.
- Keep your essay easy to read and fluid. The points you make in the essay should flow from one to the other.
- Have a well-thought and clear argument in your conclusion. A strong ending will convince the examiner that you had a strong grasp of the topic and that you have been in control all the way through.
In conclusion, writing a perfect essay means knowing what you are writing about. Have clear arguments, back up analytical points and work hard on your research.