Good Directions for Writing Strong Essays

  College is a time of great change, both for you as a person and as an academic. But before you come out the other side, you have to do an awful lot of work. Most of this work will be in the form of essays and assignments. But don’t worry, follow our handy guidelines and you’ll get those essays out in no time:

  •  Choose a Strong Topic
  • Brainstorm
  • Plan
  • Three Points
 

    Choose a Strong Topic

A strong essay can only function off a strong topic. Make sure you don’t choose a topic that’s weak and flimsy. Be bold. Dare to be different and make sure the rest of your essay follows suit. You want to start as you mean to continue. By choosing a strong topic you ensure that you at least have that opening punch with which to grab your readers. If you don’t have that, then you’re starting off on the wrong foot. So do yourself a favor and pick a topic with meat.

 Brainstorm

Once you have your topic you need to start brainstorming. Don’t start writing just yet. Instead, take a day to have a good hard think about all the ways you could tackle the question. Get your friends involved. Go for coffee or lunch and sit around talking it all through. Don’t shut yourself off to anything, every idea is a good idea at this early stage.

 Plan

Use your brainstorming session to make your plan. Your plan is the backbone to your essay and a strong plan will create a strong essay. If you don’t plan you’ll find yourself loosing track of what to say and when to say it. You’ll end up rambling and going off on tangents and losing steam. When you don’t know what to say next, go back to your plan. When you don’t think you can do it, go back to your plan. Your plan is absolutely vital. Without it, you are lost.

 Three Points

When making your plan, try to have three main points. Three is concise enough to flesh out an essay but short enough that you won’t ramble on. More than that and it’s too much, less and it’s too little. Between your plan, your points, and your opening introduction and closing conclusion you’ll be well on your way to a solid, strong essay.

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