Writing Guide for Beginners: How to Make an Essay

The main principles of education are consistency and gradualness. Children start by doing elementary tasks in nursery school, which are gradually upgraded to the level required by the SAT. The ever upgrading succession of writing tasks contains essays, research papers, and dissertations. Not all students reach the level of writing skills necessary to create a dissertation, but all of them are sure to master essay writing skills. These skills are not difficult to acquire if you follow certain steps when writing your essays:

  • Choose the topic carefully, or make a careful study of the one given by your teacher.
  • Make sure you understand what is meant by every word in it, and then highlight the key words. Ensure you know what type of essay you are supposed to create, because it is essential both to the structure and the contents.

  • Do the research and analyze the basic sources of information on the topic.
  • To write a good essay, you are supposed to know the topic you are writing about, so it is necessary to study the works of those who did it before you. Do not forget to make a list of books you have looked through. Write out some quotations, as you will need them later.

  • Brainstorm your own ideas.
  • Once the research stage is complete, you will have to formulate your opinion and choose the ways to ground it. Avoid reading essays on the same topic done by other students, because you may absorb their ideas and your own will never come up.

  • Make an outline and write a thesis.
  • If you do not create an outline for your future essay, it may become muddled and inconsistent. Writing a thesis, which is an axis that supports every part of your essay, is probably the toughest part. So, make sure the topic sentence is laconic, but still contains the main idea.

  • Start writing the essay elements such as an introduction, a main body, and a conclusion.
  • There are certain rules you have to follow when writing every structural element. Thus, an introduction should grab the reader’s attention and contain the thesis statement. The main body should include paragraphs that demonstrate different aspects of the problem you are writing about, as well as examples to support and illustrate them. A conclusion should be the restatement of the thesis, summing up of the information given, or ideas expressed.

  • Check the language and style.
  • Make sure your work does not contain spelling, punctuation, and lexical mistakes; then ensure it aligns with the norms of a certain academic formatting style (APA or MLA).


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