Tried and tested essay writing lessons for rookies

The first aspect of writing an assignment that you should learn about is the structure. The structure of any essay is as follows:

  • Introduction: This should be a brief paragraph describing what you aim to accomplish during your essay. Usually you will be answering a question that has been set by your teacher, so you will discuss how you will answer it, as well as giving your opinion on the topic. This should not be too in depth; a good example of a good introduction is the one I have used for this article!
  • Main Body: This is where the true juicy parts of your writing will go. Here you will answer the question set by your teacher. You will do your main analysis here and this will be by far the longest part of your writing. The main body should consist of many paragraphs.
  • Conclusion: The conclusion is a paragraph summarizing everything you have discussed in your essay. Since this is the last part that of your work, you should make sure to reiterate the main points discussed during the course of your work.

Now that you are aware of how to structure your essay, we can move onto the next main aspect of your writing that you should be aware of. This is simply, remembering to answer your question. The mistake many students make during their work is that they go off on a tangent that is not relevant to the question they should be answer. It might be related to their work, but does not directly answer the question they have been set. This wastes both valuable words from your word count, as well as gaining you no marks for your essay. The best way to avoid this is that whenever you make a new point in your work, always ask the question: ‘Is this answering the question set by my teacher?’ . This will help you keep on track and not lose focus of what you should be answering.

These are the main writing lessons that you need to be aware of; however there are many other minor things that you can do that can boost your grade.

  1. Variety! Refrain from using the same words or phrases constantly. You do not need to be a walking thesaurus, but if you feel that you are making use of a word or phrase too much, then change it up.
  2. Plan. Planning your work before you actually set out to write it is extremely beneficial. If you ever lose track of what you were supposed to write you can refer back to your plan. Your plan is also good for writing down any new ideas you get for your work, since you may forget about it later while you are writing.
  3. Practice. The more your practice your writing, the better you will get at it. Do a few practice essays for your teacher to mark.

We hope that learning about these writing lessons has given you a clear picture of what a top quality assignment entails. If you follow these tips then there is no doubt that you will be very successful in your work.

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