How to write an essay
Are you having trouble writing an essay? Has your tutor asked you to write one, but you don’t know where to start? Then here are a few tips on how to construct it:
Producing a plan
Think about what the essay is about. Understand what the question or title is asking you for. Underline or highlight keywords, especially the ‘doing’ words, in order to know what it wants you to do. These words will then help you formulate a plan. This plan can be in the form of bullet points, mind maps or other forms of written notes. The format of an essay is as follows:
- Introduction: This is where you set the scene or define a key word relating to the question. It should have a brief outline of the main topics, which the essay will cover.
- Main body: This is the main part of the essay and where arguments are developed and discussed. Points need to be supported by evidence and referenced by sources of information.
- Conclusion: This is the final section of the essay. This is where you sum up all of the discussion points from the main body and end it with a sentence that relates to the essay question/title. If it asks for a judgement you need to include a decision, which should be backed up by evidence and reasons. You may want to include what your judgement depends on, thus taking into consideration different factors and going into a depth of knowledge.
- Referencing List: This shows the reader a list of the sources you have used in your essay. Here’s a link on how to reference.
Writing the essay
The making of an essay uses sentences and paragraphs. Headings are also used, in order to break down information and make finding certain bits easier. However use headings sparingly and keep sentences short without repeating information.
You should write clearly and concisely, trying not to go on too much. The first sentence of every paragraph should be informative and convey what will be spoken about. Before you submit your work go over and check it. Keep reading through, examining that it makes sense and all spellings are correct.
Remember: If you are unsure as how to approach your essay or need further details, don’t be hesitant to ask your tutor. That is what they are there for!