When a teacher gives an essay assignment, there are three types of reactions we can notice among students:
- Some of them are excited about the project and they can’t wait to start working on it. These are the students who can easily express their opinions in written form. This doesn’t mean they are smarter than the other students.
- Some students get overwhelmed by the assignment as soon as they get the instructions. They doubt their own writing skills and they know they can’t fit this new project into the schedule.
- Some students are okay with the assignment, but face real challenges as soon as they start working on it. They realize the issue is not as simple as they thought it was, so they get into a mental block and it’s hard for them to find a way out.
It doesn’t matter what group you belong to; the main thing to keep in mind is that everyone can get better at writing with some effort and practice. That’s the secret to success. In the continuation, you’ll find some tips that will help you practice and write great essays.
1. Always start early
As soon as you get the essay task, plan how to write the project. Note down the submission date in your calendar. Realize how many days you have until the submission date and plan how you will cover the different steps of essay writing within the time you have.
Always start working on the project as soon as possible. It’s okay to write it way before the deadline; but it’s not okay to start when it’s too late because you’ll get stressed out and you won’t give the best you have.
2. Understand the assignment!
Read the instructions very carefully. What does your teacher expect you to deliver? Are you going to work on an expository, persuasive, analytical, argumentative, or cause/effect essay? Do you have any previous knowledge on the topic? If not, conduct a preliminary research just to understand it in general and form some opinions about it.
3. Brainstorm for ideas
Once you’re sure you understand the essay writing task, you can start with the brainstorming stage. Take a piece of paper and write down every single idea you get. Don’t underestimate your ideas and don’t dismiss them for being silly; you can take them somewhere as long as you allow yourself to express them.
Once you get a nice list of ideas, take your time to observe them. Which one can lead you to a great essay with strong, convincing arguments? Pick your main idea and proceed with the next step.
4. Write an outline
This will be a plan that will guide you through the process of writing. The basic 5-paragraph essay is consisted of the following parts:
This is the part where you guide the reader into the issues and you develop a thesis statement. It has to be catchy, but clear and readable. Don’t lose the reader’s attention with an introduction that’s too complex or too general. Get straight to the point.
- Body of the paper
In this part, you will connect the loose ends and bring the reader to a logical conclusion.
This is the part where you expose your arguments. The general essay structure requires 3 main arguments – one in each paragraph. These statements have to be directly related to the main thesis. Support them with facts, statistics, quotes from experts, and your own opinions.
5. Write the paper
You already have the bone structure of your essay. You have brief descriptions of the intro, body, and conclusion in the outline, so follow those points and write the complete essay.
6. Edit and proofread
Now, you’re getting close to the end, so don’t even think about giving up before you finish this stage. It’s important to fix all logical, stylistic, grammar, spelling, and syntax flaws in the paper before the final submission!
Are you ready to give it a try? Follow these steps and write an essay on a topic you like.