In order to write a good college essay, it is imporant for the writing to follow a process. Writing, like cooking from scratch, requires a number of steps. Those steps will look for each writer. For beginning college writers, it is very important to understand the writing process, thesis statement, and the revision and editing steps. The following PowerPoint explains the seven steps: Understanding the Assignment, Generating Ideas during Pre-Writing, Planning, Drafting, Revising, Editing and Proofreading, and Preparing a Final Draft. The PowerPoint also provides some good examples of what a thesis statement and outline look like.