Write Your Essay – Guide

Make a rough draft.

Your first draft will assist you in determining:

Your essay’s structure and framework

How will you respond to the query?

Which examples and proof will you use?

How will your argument be organized logically?

Consider your initial draft as raw material that you will polish through editing and redrafting. After you’ve completed a draft, you can focus on improving your writing skills.

Structure

Make sure your essay is organized in the most efficient way possible so that you can effectively explain your ideas and answer the question.

The following format should be included in all written work:

Paragraphs in an essay

A paragraph is a collection of sentences that work together to establish a single core concept. The following should be included in each paragraph of the essay’s body:

The major or controlling notion is stated in a topic sentence.

Use supporting sentences to explain and develop the idea you’re making.

You can back up your claims with evidence from your reading or an example from the subject area.

The Analysis of the evidence’s implications, significance, and impact was followed by a crucial conclusion you drew from the evidence.

A conclusion sentence is a sentence that restates your idea, analyzes the evidence, or serves as a transition from one paragraph to the next.

See the learning center’s paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting guides for further information.

Writing tips for success

Begin writing as soon as possible—the earlier the better. Starting reduces fear, eliminates procrastination, and allows you to further develop your ideas.

Keep in mind the essay question. Keep track of the question or assignment at all times. As you draft, edit, and work out your argument, keep a copy in front of you.

Do not attempt to write an essay from start to finish in a single session. Start with what you’re going to write—a plan, a few phrases, or a list of bullet points. Begin with the body and work your way through the paragraphs.

After the body, write the introduction and conclusion. When you’ve decided what your essay will be about, write the introduction and conclusion.

In your writing, use “signpost” terms. Transitional words and phrases can aid the reader in following the order and flow of your thoughts.

Carefully integrate your evidence. Use opening sentences to introduce quotations and paraphrases.

Make considerable revisions to your first draft. Check to see if the essay flows well and if the paragraphs are in a logical order.

Set aside the essay for a few days. This gives you a new look at your essay and lets you revise it better.