Great Learning Kit to Help You with Writing Essays
Many students find the idea of putting pen to paper intimidating. Writing can be a joyful expression of your thoughts and ideas. It is not a task given by your sadistic teacher to torture you. While it can be scary for some, writing an essay does not need to be a fearsome foe for you. An essay is a discourse; whether you argue your position on an issue or narrate something, the basic structure remains the same. You will be able to write fluidly and coherently with practice if you follow a set guideline:
- Topic: Deciding a topic is probably the hardest part of your assignment if you have not been assigned a topic. Choose a topic that interests you and is relevant for others. Do not fall into the trap of selecting an obscure, brainy topic that looks impressive to you.
- Outline: Writing an outline, whether it is in points or in a diagram, is the single most important thing you will do. Your outline is a sketch you draw that can be filled in with colors later. Preparing an outline will give you a mental map of where you are going from your topic. Start with writing the topic and then write three main points under it. Each main point or idea will then give rise to other sub-points that you will write under each main point. Add the evidence as you go. Your evidence can be figures, data, or a quotation.
- Body: Write the body of your essay after you has prepared an outline. You can write the introduction before this if you like. Dedicate one paragraph to each of your three main points. Every paragraph will state your main point, the sub-points, and evidence of the main point. Show how these points and the evidence connect with the topic. Repeat in all the paragraphs of the body.
- Introduction: You may prefer writing the introduction before you start working on the body of the essay, but writing it after the body actually makes it easier to write the most difficult paragraph of your essay. The introduction should start with an attention grabber. It can be a question, a quotation, or an anecdote. Anything that guarantees that your reader will want to read on is your attention grabber. State the topic and your position on it (if it is an argument essay). Tell the reader what to expect in the coming paragraphs.
- Conclusion: Reflect the introduction in the conclusion. Continue your anecdote here. Synthesize all the points of your essay to conclude. Redirect the reader. For example, a question can make the reader think and draw new meanings from your essay. Say what you wanted to say all along, let the reader know how everything you have written brings you to this conclusion.
- Editing and Proofreading: A no-brainer but overlooked by many. Do not take this step lightly. An excellent essay that is written sloppily, with bad grammar and misspellings will fail to make a good impression.