Tips for Writing your First Essay

essay writing tips


The task of essay writing is often a very frightening activity for students. The essay can be for class, competitions or exams, but in any case, they find it to be very challenging and intense. Even though that can sometimes be very irritating, there are always guidelines students can follow step by step to help break it down to smaller, controllable parts. By following these guidelines students can have their essay written in an easy and manageable manner.


  1. Revision

This part is perhaps the most important one of your whole writing process. Make improvised preparation notes to help yourself understand your goal better but also have a basis to start writing from. You should think in the direction of whether your purpose is clearly defined, the scope of the topic and accompanying topics.


  1. Structure Planning

If you want to make sure you will not waste any time, you need to plan ahead! Make sure to use a clear construction to properly convey your argument. One idea would be to practice writing under pressure, limited by time, and asking people to read your work (preferably other students from your class or instructors that can give you the best guidance content-wise). If your institution has a tutor/instructor assigned to this task, that is the right person to reach out to.

Writing your plan on a sheet can help you stay focused and act as a guide to refer back to when you feel you are going off the topic or want to make sure that you are keeping the point relevant.


  1. Introduction

The intro should be something between 50 and 100 words, and should shortly give an introduction to the topic to clarify the crucial concept. You should remember that in this section you should only state what you are about to discuss and to use brief sentences so you can evade going into unnecessary detail that should instead be clarified in the following sections.


  1. Body

Essays must have a main argument of focus, as a key central point. That is where the general statement of the essay should come in. During your draft development you should generally have three things in mind that can help you make sure you are on the right track:

  • Are the paragraphs developing the essay?
  • Am I providing enough evidence?
  • Should I adjust based on the provided evidence?

You should aim to show critical thinking and analysis for the points stated. This is your chance to discuss why the basic foundation of your topic may be incorrect or restricted.


  1. Conclusion

In the conclusion you should remember that the closing impression has the same importance as the one you have stated at the beginning, and it should also be generally somewhere between 50 and 100 words. Even though new information and evidence should not be presented here. The conclusion should summarize your original statement and provide acknowledgment to your arguments whilst answering the posed questions.





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