28 Feb Things You Need to Consider Writing an Essay
Do you know that essay is one of the dreaded assignments among most students? Whether it is an essay for a class, a contest or even a scholarship, most students find it overwhelming. Besides, most do not know how to write an essay. Generally, essay writing becomes complex as you progress in education. For example, in high school, students jot a three-paragraphed one, while at university, students are expected to discuss topics with more than seven paragraphs.
Even when it’s a large project, there are various steps a student can take to help them write essays easily. They basically, help students to breakdown assignment into manageable parts. Even though it might be tempting just to begin the writing process immediately, the following steps will provide a solid footing. Even if you don’t have time to do it on your own and are thinking, “I want to pay someone to write my paper”, this guide will come in handy for you.
1.Choice of Topic and Plan
The first thing to do is to develop a work plan. In it, ensure that you have stated what the essay is all about. Determine who your readers are; who do you expect to be significantly helped by your information? At this juncture be very careful because this is where you select the topic. Make sure that your title is relevant to the information you want to relay to your readers. If, for instance, the topic and message don’t relate, then no matter how prudent it is, you will have messed everything. Also, decide if your target readers are the general public or a particular group. For example, if you want to talk about teenage pregnancies, then adolescents, teenage and young adults are your target audience. However, this information may not be very relevant to married people over 35 years. Therefore, the tone and the language must be attractive to your target audience to win their attention.
- Structural and Trial Parts
At this stage, your essay format is critical. It may encourage or discourage readers from reading further. Most scholars do not know how to write an analytical essay. Let’s find out how to structure it.
Definitely, the topic of your essay is vital as it guides readers on what to expect. A good title must trigger the emotional part of the readers. For example, “Abortion Has Painful Adverse Consequences.” This choice of title can stimulate emotion in readers, and they will want to know more about the pain that results from abortion.
This is where your essay begins. How you introduce your topic matters significantly, so choose words carefully. As the saying goes “the first impression matters most,” so is your introduction. It can deter readers from reading further than a few sentences or inspire them to read the whole text unconsciously. Begin with what you think their expectation is and try to almost agree with them even if you know you don’t. Or lay a neutral ground such that they will be curious to know what your stand is in the matter. For example, if your topic is “negative effect of social media,” you must start by showing them how helpful social media has been to societies, families, and individuals. After you’re done with explaining the positive side of social media, then towards its end,( in fact, the last one or two sentences) is where you place your thesis statement.
It’s the primary idea of your essay which you will try to defend throughout. It is your stand or your opinion which you believe is a fact. To you, any other idea is propaganda, and you must argue for it convincingly. It should be brief, precise and to the point. The reader must vividly understand your stance and become eager to know how you’re going to defend it. Use words that leave no doubt that you’re confident with your opinion. Utilize words and tone that cause the reader to want to read further on how you will defend your view. Moreover, your thesis shouldn’t be something obvious. Be more creative. Argue against what you think most people believe. That way, you will trigger them to wanting to read further than if your argument was an obvious one. For, example most people believe abortion is wrong and should be discouraged. If your thesis states otherwise, then it’ll draw the attention of many readers as they crave to know how and why abortion should be encouraged.
- Developing the Argument
This is the most significant part of your essay. Why? Because it’s the point at which you argue your ideas convincingly. You should divide it into several paragraphs and ague your point in each one of them beginning with the strongest one and ending with the weakest.
In each paragraph, expound the point and showcase why you believe it’s a fact — going back to the example of why abortion is right or should be legalized, state your most profound idea in the first paragraph giving examples to convince the readers further. Discuss the second point in your second paragraph and argue extensively and convincingly without forcing or persuading people to believe you. Provide examples related to the idea and consequences of not conducting the abortion to the woman, child and society…(this is an example).
Continue doing so to the other points until you get to the last one which should be the weakest. However, don’t let readers realize that it’s a weak point. Use a language that will drive them to see sense in it.
The number of points should determine your number of paragraphs in the body. Do not limit yourself to a specific number. Also, remember that when points are divided into paragraphs, they make it easier for the readers to follow and eliminate any confusion that can develop from ideas that are mixed up in one paragraph. Moreover, they make your work look well neat.
It marks the last section and usually is one paragraph. Incredibly structured essays must end with a conclusion. It reminds readers concisely about what has been covered in the entire essay in a summary form. Refer back to the title and make readers know it’s relevance to the whole essay. You can also restate the thesis statement concisely pointing out each point to show its connection to your idea.
As you progress through high school and into college, writing useful essays will turn out to be increasingly important. When you internalize the above essay format, you will have the ability to put down compelling, clear and informative essays.
Bio for Crystal Roman:
Crystal Roman is an author, who has taught many students on essay writing. Her degree in psychology helps her understand the behavior of human beings. She also has taught essay writing in different colleges and universities, and her excellent mastery of English and its use is a rock on her writing career.