Tips For Starters: Writing An Effective Essay
Learning how to write an essay can be a difficult process, but the first essay is always the hardest and once you master that, the process becomes much easier and even… fun.
Below are some steps you can take to help you write an effective essay:
- Research. Begin your writing process by becoming an expert in your field. Read as much as you can and use all of the tools at your disposal including the library, academic databases, and the internet. Take notes during class lectures and review course materials.
- Analyze. Once you have gathered some research you want to analyze the arguments made previously in your field. You should define all claims made in your research, write out the reasons behind the claims, and what evidence was presented. Evaluate any weaknesses in the logic and any strengths. You can quickly learn how to write your essay by reviewing the essays that others have written.
- Brainstorm. You will need to take some time to brainstorm before you start writing. You need insight and creativity so take some time asking yourself questions about the topic and see what original insights you can come up with.
- Thesis. You need a thesis. The best idea you can cultivate during your brainstorming session should be pinned down in a clear statement. This will function as your thesis. The thesis should be the main point that your paper makes, written in a single sentence. With a good thesis you are well on your way to writing a great paper.
- Outline. The outline is often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be. The outline is a way for you to sketch the skeleton of your paper. It is a way for you to use single sentences and bullet points to craft your overall arguments and map out the structure your paper will take.
Start writing the introduction. If you are unable to craft a good introduction you can always save it for later and start with the body of the text. Move on to the body and use your outline as a guide to build the points you want to write. You should begin integrating your sources and analyzing and evaluating the work.
Once this is done you need to write the conclusion wherein you explain the significance of your results. Revise your final draft to check for overall organization and sentence level concerns.