An essay is literary composition that usually reflects the personal viewpoints of an author about a single topic. It can cover any subject and in general, it is written to explain the author’s perspective in an understandable, informative and illuminating manner. This is the common denominator among all essays in the world. If you want to learn how to write an essay, observe and follow carefully the guidelines listed below.
The first thing you need to do is describe the nature of your context. An essay assigned by a teacher usually comes with defined requirements like the minimum/maximum length for the essay, the title page’s format and the target readers. All of the directions given to you by your teacher should be followed. If you do not follow the given parameters, no matter how brilliant your essay is, it will never explain its point clearly. Keep in mind that you should always concentrate on the main point. Adhere to the relative keywords in question across your essay.
Choosing a topic is the second step in the process. If the topic is not given to you by your teacher, choose one that you are passionate about or interested in. In this way, you will not find it difficult to make the composition. It is also a good idea to select a topic-stand which is disagreeable for you so that you will find it easier to find out how well your argument is. This time, you may already write your argument or thesis statement- something that your essay will discuss, prove and elaborate on. A thesis statement should not be more than one sentence. You may choose to collect a few distinct arguments and make use of use them as your guide for your research.
The third thing you will do is gather all the necessary and relevant information. You argument should be justified by scientific facts or personal observations. You should always take note of the facts you gather and the sources of this information. If you see claims and facts that contradict your argument, do not ignore them. Instead, use them to justify your stance by proving them wrong and/or invalid. In the fourth step, your essay should be planned. At this time, your argument is to be solidified. An essay plan is made by creating a pattern or having a mental organization of your thoughts. If the information you have gathered is not enough to solidify your argument, do more extensive research or have your argument modified. You may also choose to change your topic in case the evidence does not speak for itself.
Now that you have made your essay outline, you are ready to write the body of your essay. First, you should look for three or more ideas which will back up and/or elaborate on your argument. Each of these points must be backed up by arguments, concrete evidence and examples. Each point in a shorter essay may be explained in one paragraph but in longer essays, it can be composed of one or more pages. Each sentence and paragraph must flow logically to the proceeding one. The next thing to do is conclude your essay. The conclusion of an essay is the summary of all your points. In this part of essay, you will “repackage” all the things discussed in your essay with the use of a broader perspective. After writing the body of your essay and its conclusion, write the introduction of your essay. After this, come across your whole essay and see if there are parts that need to be revised. The last step of the process if proofreading throughout the composition and check for grammar and spelling to make sure that your essay is a high quality one for your intended audience.
This is the simple process of learning how to write an essay. If you follow these tips, you will surely give your essay the best shot to impress your teacher and more importantly, express yourself.