Underline key vocabulary in the question and write words with the same or related meaning. This will really save you a lot of time later on. It will also help to avoid repetition of words, and will show that you understand the question.
Decide if you are for or against the idea. Usually it is best to give both sides (for and against - one paragraph each) and then to give your opinion in the conclusion. However there are other ways of laying out your essay.
You should decide on a layout. The easiest is 3773 . That means four paragraphs: introduction ( 3 sentences) one side ( 7 sentences), the other side ( 7 sentences) and the conclusion ( 3 sentences). This will give you 20 sentences. An average of about 12 words each, that is 240 words. Perfect!
The person who has had the biggest influence in my life is ___. Because ___was ___he/she taught me ___but also much about ___. I have close to ___ever since I was __years old and we ___. I feel a debt of gratitude to ___for always being there for me through__.__has always been my role model. I have long admired has/her success in __,__,__,and the way he/she __. My goal in life is to be just like him/her, to get the most I can out of life. Because of__’s strong influence, I fine__fascinating. I am always inpressed that he/she started__at my age and rose to be __ in just a few years. __ has supported my interest in___, and was very proud of me when I ___. I also admire___’s devotion to ___. This was __ and quickly became___. This endeavor took up his/her life for___until he/she___in___. Since then, ___has ___ in part because of ___’s efforts. ___’s accomplishments have meant___to me. __has been ___ in my life, showing me that __and__. I hope to inherit his/her virtues and ___in order to make him/her proud.