Simple Techniques for Basic Essay Writing for College Students
would not scare you after getting to know the very basic structure of an . If you have a topic and can think of a few supporting ideas after a little brainstorming, you should make an essay outline out of those ideas. You can learn more about .
But for starters, following are the three main components of an essay that you need to work upon for better essay writing:
Let’s have a look at each of the above in detail.
- Just like the opening scene of a film or an inviting entrance of a hotel, the introduction of an essay should be gripping. You can state an interesting fact, an intriguing question or some exciting news that made you think about the topic.
- Purpose of introduction is to tell the reader what your essay is about. Briefly write about what you would be discussing in your essay is.
- The ending sentence would be your main . Thesis statement is a short and specific sentence that is basically your original idea (that you come up with, after research) and it has to be arguable, not a fact.
- The body of an essay is made up of number of paragraphs. This is where you write about the topic and support your thesis statement. Each paragraph should have one sub topic only.
- Start off with introducing a sub topic, give supporting examples, opinions, facts, analysis and then end the paragraph with the sub topic’s conclusion. Use connecting phrases to add similar points; as, in addition to, furthermore etc.
- To connect two statements that differ use transitional phrases e.g. however, nonetheless, on the other hand, whereas etc. Words like consequently, as a result, therefore help in concluding an idea.
- Like the beginning, the should also be appealing or stimulating. But the purpose is only to conclude whatever you tried to explain in the light of examples and confirm your thesis statement.
- Keep the conclusion clear and specific. Do not introduce new ideas at this point. Summarize the main points in very short sentences and make the conclusion compact.
- You can mention the significance of implication of your main ideas and write something in the end that would simmer in the reader’s mind like an interesting quotation or relevant example supporting the thesis.
Additional Tips for Essay Writing
- Proof read before submitting your essay. Look out for grammatical and spelling mistakes.
- Synchronize your , and
- Make sure the essay follows a logical flow and format.
- If necessary, leave unanswered questions or areas for further study for your readers.
- Follow the proper procedure for if required by your teacher.
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Do ever wish that you could write the perfect university essay? Are you left baffled about where to start? This easy-to-use guide walks you through the nuts and bolts of academic writing, helping you develop your essay-writing skills and achieve higher marks. From identifying the essay type and planning a structure, to honing your research skills, managing your time, findiDo ever wish that you could write the perfect university essay? Are you left baffled about where to start? This easy-to-use guide walks you through the nuts and bolts of academic writing, helping you develop your essay-writing skills and achieve higher marks. From identifying the essay type and planning a structure, to honing your research skills, managing your time, finding an essay voice, and referencing correctly, Writing Essays For Dummies shows you how to stay on top of each stage of the essay-writing process, to help you produce a well-crafted and confident final document. Writing Essays For Dummies covers:
Part I: Navigating a World of Information
Chapter 1: Mapping Your Way: Starting to Write Essays
Chapter 2: Identifying the essay type
Part II: Researching, Recording and Reformulating
Chapter 3: Eyes Down: Academic reading
Chapter 4: Researching Online
Chapter 5: Note-taking and Organising your Material
Chapter 6: Avoiding Plagiarism
Part III: Putting Pen to Paper
Chapter 7: Writing as a process
Chapter 8: Getting Going and Keeping Going
Part IV: Mastering Language and Style
Chapter 9: Writing with Confidence
Chapter 10: Penning the Perfect Paragraph
Chapter 11: Finding Your Voice
Part V: Tightening Your Structure and Organisation
Chapter 12: Preparing the Aperitif: The Introduction
Chapter 13: Serving the Main Course: The Essay's Body
Chapter 14: Dishing up Dessert: The Conclusion
Chapter 15: Acknowledging Sources of Information
Part VI: Finishing with a Flourish: The Final Touches
Chapter 16: It's all in the detail
Chapter 17: Perfecting Your Presentation
Chapter 18: The afterglow
Part VII: Part of Tens
Chapter 19: Ten Tips to Avoid Things Going Wrong
Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Make Your Essay Stand Out...more
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Published January 24th 2012 by For Dummies (first published September 29th 2009)