7 Effective Tips to Write an Essay

Learning how to write a good essay will bring you to good places especially in the academic world. No matter what your education level, you will never escape essays. You can’t run from it. You will encounter essays in the workplace too. Good luck escaping from them.

As daunting as it sounds, writing an essay is actually the simplest form of writing. Here are the seven tips you need to tackle any essay in class:

  1. Read and understand your assignment

Read, read, and read. Find the theme of your essay and address points or questions your assignment is asking you to stress upon. This is the first crucial step. Even if you write a good essay with strong words and heavy vocabulary, you will get a C on your paper because you don’t follow the essay’s instructions. If you don’t understand the assignment’s instructions, don’t hesitate to ask your teacher or a friend.

These are common types of essays:

Narrative essay – Write a story. Makes sure your story makes sense and simple. Never try to pull a novel writing in an hour exam. Keep an eye on your vocabulary and word choices. 

Informative essay – An essay  that educates the reader about a specific topic. 

Argumentative essay – The writer needs to convince the reader to take his side/point of view by providing evidence and strong statements. 

Compare/Contrast essay – Analyze the differences and similarities of two different things. 

Reports – The writer needs to inform the reader of a particular situation or discovery. Reports are usually written in formal style voice.

  1. Plan your Essay

Brainstorm your essay ideas and plan your structure carefully. Decide what topics would you like to focus on in the first paragraph, the second, and the rest. Ensure your ideas are clear and linked to one another. If you are writing an essay to compare knitting and crocheting, then the outline would be:

First paragraph – Briefly explain what is knitting and crocheting and inform the reader why is it important to compare them both.

Second paragraph – Explain their similarities. For example, they both required yarns and use the same type of needles.

Third paragraph – Explain their differences. Knitting uses two knitting needles whereas you only need one knitting needle for crocheting. 

Final paragraph – Write your conclusion and briefly explain why your choice is more superior than the other option.

I encourage you to do research on your topic as well and put down all the crucial information and keywords you need in your essay. Remember, Google is your best friend. Whoever if you are in an exam, just try your best. You don’t have to sound like an expert on crocheting, just ensure your essay is clear and understandable to the reader. 

  1. Write your thesis statement

A thesis statement is an opening sentence that sums up the topic of a paragraph. Writing an appropriate opening and closing statement is the basic key to write an acceptable essay. 

Here is an example:

Knitting and crocheting are similar yet so different. Even though they both required yarns to craft, their end products will be different. Loved and cherished by young and old, knitting and crocheting may share more similarities than just unfurling a fabric on a needle. 

The first sentence in the paragraph informs us that this paragraph will talk about how crocheting and knitting are different. They are like a brief summary of what this paragraph is going to be about. 

Another thing that you need to keep an eye on is the last sentence in the paragraph:

Loved and cherished by young and old, knitting and crocheting may share more similarities than just unfurling a fabric on a needle.’

The last sentence teases us about the similarities between knitting and crocheting. Therefore, you have to address that as a thesis statement in the next paragraph:

Knitting and crocheting are similar yet so different. Even though they both required yarns to craft, their end products will be different. Loved and cherished by young and old, knitting and crocheting may share more similarities than just unfurling a fabric on a needle. 

The similarities between crocheting and knitting are hand-eye coordination improvement for the knitter, share the same abbreviation for patterns and use yarn and fiber. 

Ensure the end of the sentence from the first paragraph matches the thesis statement of the second paragraph. Understood?

  1. Write the introduction

Aside from implementing the appropriate thesis statement, ensure your introductions hook the reader’s attention with an interesting fact or a funny phrase to hook your reader into writing your essay. No matter what tool you decide to use makes sure it aligns with your thesis statement. It will be even better if your interesting catchphrase is your thesis statement.

  1. Write the body

The body of your essay explains or describes your topic in detail. You are going to explain and elaborate on the topic of your thesis statement with facts and examples. Ensure you plan and include the topics you want to cover in the body during the planning stage so you don’t just write whatever things that come from your mind. Use connectives (First, Second, Then, Nevertheless) to make your sentences flow well. 

  1. Write the conclusion

You should write the sum of the important points of your essay here. Write strong points you pick A instead of B (in a compare/contrast essay) or close the essay with a memorable and interesting catchphrase for a strong ending to your work.

  1. Quick Revision

Before you submit your essay to the teacher, ensure you do one final careful check on your paper. Have you followed your outlines right? Have you answered the assignment’s question? Are your sentences grammatically correct? Does your writing make sense? Just reread your essay carefully and you’re good to go.

BONUS TIP: References and Citation

Pay attention to the type of citation styles you are required to write. APA and MLA are the most common citation styles but pay attention nonetheless. The following guide from University from Pittsburgh will help you with the citation style.

Makes sure your information is from reliable and valid sources (books, Google Scholar, journals). In some cases, never use sources that are not older than ten years old. On my campus, we are not allowed to cite sources from 2010 and older unless we want to share a definition of a particular word. Please consult your teacher about this.

Good luck with writing your essay! 

Published by Caroline Natasia Cahyadi

I am an adult, yet I spend my free time crying over fictional characters, eating chocolate and thanking Jesus Christ for dying on the cross for a crybaby like me.

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