ESSAY WRITING

ESSAY WRITING

I know it is hard sometimes to write an essay about something that you are not familiar with,

but do you really need someone else to write it for you?

If the essay IS relevant to the career or profession that you want to follow after passing all the exams then you really ought to try and do the essay yourself so that you will be competent in that profession. If you do pass the exams and get a job because of that it will be obvious if you are not competent.

But if the essay is just one of those things needed for an unimportant course or if you DO want to buy an essay check any of the essay writing ads on this page.
And then at least DO read what you get, understand it, and make some changes to put it in “your own words”.

Or, if you want some help to write it yourself then I hope I can help you with this quick guide that was made for people like you struggling with a difficult topic and maybe in a second language.

Let’s get started : step 1
The purpose of the essay is show that you know something about the topic.
So, it follows that you need to know something about the topic. If you just go to wikipedia or wherever on the web and cut and paste without knowing anything about the topic it will be obvious. Of course you can go to any of the authorities on the topic and copy extracts. But you should read, read, and read it all, understand and make notes, and then rewrite in enough of your own words.
It is fine to quote exactly from a source, but you must

  • make it clear that it is a quote by quotation marks, or italics,
  • who said it (eg Newton in his essay Principia Matematica says…)
  • that you understand it
  • that it helps and follows the reasoning of your essay

Having got enough information to string together and before starting on that
think about where it is going to end : the point you want to make, the conclusion, the proof or disproof.
This is important, and where many essay writers get bogged.
Do not just start writing or pasting in hope that it goes somewhere. That is rambling, and noone wants to hear or read that.

What you will do is work backwards from there after you have made notes and gathered thoughts or snippets and put them in a sequence that leads to that conclusion.

Look for the points that help to prove or disprove. Ie for and against.
While doing that your thoughts or opinions may change, so you might need to change what the conclusion is going to be, but be definite and not wishy washy or ambiguous.

It’s best if you start putting some notes and thoughts down well before the deadline.
It’s great if you come up with some original thoughts but don’t get hung up on that.
If it’s all been said before it does not matter so long as you say it well and show that you know why you say it.

When you have enough notes and quotes to go you make an outline.
That is brief few words for each paragraph.

Now you expand on each paragraph.
Make sure it all “follows” and that no paragraph needs to “know about” any paragraph lower down.
Make every paragraph stand alone and be about one point of discussion. It is better to have more short paragraphs than few long ones.

Develop your own style if you like, but don’t be overly idiomatic. If english is not your first language try to be correct but don’t get hung upon that. After all (unless the course is ESL) it’s about what you know. Use spell checker and correct misspelling. If you are fluent in english you can add stylish things like rhythm, tone or formality, but keep it simple. It all should read well, but it is not a speech.

Some bold (or capitalised) or repeated words for emphasis are OK, if not overdone.
As are bullet points.

If you are clear about what your conclusion is you can then make a good introduction.
This is very important because it makes or breaks your essay.
You know that because you see so many newspapers, magazines, or blog posts to read that the title, and then maybe the first sentence, is what causes you to read or skip.

It is worth spending a lot (out of proportion) of time on the introduction. An introduction should grab the reader’s attention and then set up the point and lead in to your discussion. In your case it is even more important because you have an examiner who has to read many the of same essays. Some will be very similar and churned or spun from an essay writer. If yours stands out and obviously your own effort the examiner will be more likely to reward you.

Along with the introduction that leads into the essay you need to come up with a few words for a title that leads to the introduction. In years past a title could be very long and very matter-of-fact droll. Not so now. You are not journalism students but you need to think of the title as saying the conclusion in a few words, or an “angle”.

At the other end your conclusion needs to be definite with a final short wrapping up sentence. That could be like “People should…”, “We need to…”, “This proves…”,
Having done that you may add a “famous quote” or something quirky of your own

At the bottom of the page you should “cite your sources” quoting title, author, and publication if you have used any articles

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