Learn to properly structure your Essay.
Writting an essay often seems to be a dreaded task among students. A flow needs to be maintained in
an essay with each sentence following on logically from the previous one.
There are many steps a student can take that will help break down the task into manageable parts.
Following this process is the easiest way to draft a successful essay.
Selection of a topic:
Choose a subject that is interesting or relevant to you. You must be having sufficient material in your
mind on the topic. You should be well aware of the various dimensions and facets of the topic.
Prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas:
In order to write a good essay, you need to organize your thoughts. By writing down on paper the ideas
in your mind, you are able to see connections and links between ideas more clearly. This structure
serves as a skeleton for your essay. You can use either an outline or a diagram to write down your ideas
and organize them.
If you wish to create a digram, you may write your topic in the middle of your page. Draw
three to five lines branching off from this topic. Write down your main ideas at the ends of these lines.
Draw more lines branching off these main ideas to indicate any thoughts on these ideas.
If you wish to create an outline, write your topic at the top of the page. Start listing your main
ideas, leaving space under each one to list other smaller ideas that relate to each main idea. This will
enable you to see connections and to write a more organized essay.
Write the Introduction of an Essay:
Now that you have developed your thesis and the overall body of your essay, you must write an
introduction. The introduction should be able to attract the reader’s attention. It should also show the
focus of your essay.
Begin with something which grabs an attention . You may use dialogue, a relevant story, a quote, or a
simple summary of your topic. Whichever angle you choose, make sure that it ties in with your thesis
statement, which will be included as the last sentence of your introduction.
Write the body:
In the body of your essay, you need to argue, explain or describe your topic. Each main idea in your
diagram or outline will now become a separate section in the body of your essay.
Each paragraph in body will have the same basic structure. Begin by writing one of your main ideas as
the introductory sentence. Give relevant examples and case studies to back up your position.
Ensure that your paragraphs are in proper order. Your strongest points should come in the first and last
paragraphs within the body and the others should fall in the middle. Also, ensure that your paragraph
order makes sense with each paragraph following on logically from the previous one.
Write the conclusion:
The conclusion sums up your overall ideas and provides a final perspective on your topic. Simply review
your main points and provide reinforcement of your position.
Congratulations! You are done with a great essay.