Essay Writing Masterclass
Do you feel anxious when you hear the word ‘essay’? Don’t fear, you’re not alone. Many students feel overwhelmed when faced with this type of assessment.
Unfortunately, at some time or another you’ll need to write an essay. In most vocational courses, essays are a universal mode of assessment as they demonstrate to your educator that you can form an independent opinion and articulate them well.
Good news! While essay writing is definitely a skill, it’s one that you can master and something you can eventually become proficient in. We have simplified essay writing into 5 basic steps.
- Understand the topic
The aim of an essay is to answer or address an essay question, topic or statement. From the beginning, it’s important to understand the essay topic. If the topic isn’t clear to you, don’t be afraid to approach your education for clarification or direction.
- Draft a plan
Once you have a good understanding of the topic, it’s time to sit down and write an essay plan. This is a basic outline of your essay and will ensure your content has flow, continuity and includes all the relevant information.
Researching is another important element of essay writing. You need to back up your argument with evidence. When researching, be sure to use credible sources and remember that websites such as ‘Wikipedia’ are not acceptable. Academic texts and journal articles are credible and we encourage you to attribute all sources that you use within your essay.
- Start writing you content
Now that you have a plan and reference material, it’s time to put your essay together. In can be broken down into three sections, the introduction, the body and the conclusion.
- Introduction – Here you will introduce the topic/thesis and explain how you are going to address the essay question within the body.
- Body – The bones of your argument are contained in the body. You need to back up your thesis with supporting evidence and each new topic should have its own paragraph. Keep the content within this section concise, on topic and avoid rambling about issues that don’t support your argument.
- Conclusion – In the conclusion you need to summarise your ideas and reiterate how you have answered the essay question.
Finally, be sure to allow enough time to proofread your essay. You may need first, second and even third drafts. Spelling mistakes, lack of punctuation and bad grammar can distract the marker from the true essence of your argument. Leaving time between proofreading sessions is a great habit to get into, it can highlight things you missed the first time around and help you avoid silly mistakes that could cost you valuable marks.Have a friend or family member read over your essay to see receive feedback on the content of your essay and to pick up any grammatical errors.
Most of all, relax and enjoy the writing process. Your educators at Forme and not looking for literary sensations, just simply to hear your opinions and voice in written format. Remember, with practice comes proficiency.
If you are thinking about studying and worried about the course load, requirements or assessment, don’t sweat! Speak to a course adviser today and find out more about the competencies required to complete your course. Remember studying a course online, doesn’t mean studying alone! We’re here to help you succeed!
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