How to Write a Great Essay for School
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This article provides basic tips for writing a strong school essay. It explains what an essay is, what types of essays there are, and the various styles and formats an essayist might employ.

Essay styles and formats

Writing different types of essays requires understanding the styles and formats that different assignments require. Knowing about such styles and incorporating them appropriately into the essay is essential. One style is a “cause and effect” essay, where the causes of something are carefully and methodically defined. This type of essay is organized either chronologically or empirically. Another common type is the “compare and contrast” essay, where an argument is made by exploring the similarities and differences between two or more things.

What does an essay consist of?

Structure: An essay should have an appropriate structure. The general structure of an essay includes the introduction, the body paragraphs, and the conclusion.

Introduction: The introduction is a paragraph, preferably about five sentences long, where the subject or topic is introduced and defined.

Body: The length of the essay body is determined by the number of arguments and supporting evidence the author wishes to include in the essay. A paragraph is usually assigned to one point. Each paragraph should contain a thesis statement: a statement about the part of your main topic that you will talk about in that paragraph.

Conclusion: Finally, the conclusion summarizes the general ideas of the essay, or presents the author’s views on the topic.

The 7 Steps Behind a Finished (and Fantastic) Essay

Writing a good essay requires following a good writing procedure.

  1. Research and take notes: Research of your topic (from reliable sources) will leave you primed to fully understand the topic you’re given. Also, it can help you develop your own claim in the essay, particularly as you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with other authors in the field.

  1. Analyze well-written essays: To improve your own writing, you can always analyze well-written essays to get a feel for how they were structured and how their authors used phrasing and idea organization to make their pieces memorable. 

  1. Decide on the thesis and stick to it: Throughout the writing process, check to see if the claims match and reinforce the thesis statement.

  1. Plan: Plan your introduction, each of body paragraphs and their arguments, and, tentatively, the conclusion you wish to assert. 

  1. Write a powerful conclusion: Conclude the essay with a powerful note that echoes your thesis.

  1. Revise: Now revise your essay: Proofread, rewrite, and restructure as necessary.

  1. Focus on the words you have selected: Do they bring out the exact meaning you wanted them to reveal? See if the flow is maintained, then reread the essay and prepare a final version. 

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