Taking in the title: Underlining the key words in the essay title and thinking about it for a couple of days. Formulating the overall purpose of the essay.
Gathering Material: Gathering together notes for the essay from your course materials. Working out what use you can make of the course materials you have been studying.
Generating Ideas: Getting ideas on to paper; quickly jotting down thoughts, your response to the notes you have been making, your response to the question, additional questions, etc. Capturing you own thoughts on paper.
Planning: organising your notes into a simple outline plan. Working out what shape to give the argument of the essay.
First draft: writing a first draft; ‘talking’ your reader through your argument, with explanations, illustrations. Translating your own ‘private’ language into a shared ‘public’ language.
Reviewing: reading over your work in the light of the essay title and correcting errors and omissions. Quality control.
Final Draft: Writing a final draft, paying attention to legibility, accuracy and general presentation. Presenting a polished end product.