James KingGuide To Writing an Essay
• Most common assignment at College or University• Can vary in length from 500 to 5000 words• Explorative piece, developin...
There are clearly defined differences between the two formats, these are as follows -Why an Essay and not a Report• Often ...
• Interpret the question• Organise your time• Read• Think• Plan10 Tips to Writing a Successful Essay• Writing• Referencing...
• Interpretation of the question is a key aspect and will shape the entireargument/essay• Identity the topic and the key t...
• Plan your research, your witting and conclusion• Depends upon your writing ability• Remember that you will need more tim...
• Good Sources• Google Books• Books• Journals• Broadsheet papers• Research papers• Journalist blogsRead• Sources to Avoid•...
• Think about what conclusions that you can draw from the research• Do they answer the question?• Top line what you would ...
• Structured, well thought through essays perform better• Noes should be taken within a logical order• No strict rules, bu...
• Some people prefer to write the conclusion and then work out the details in thebody and finish with the introduction• So...
• Acknowledging an authors writing is important, not only does it demonstrate thatyou have researched the topic, but it al...
• Test your structure, hypothesis and arguments.• Critique the essay, seek out the weak arguments and strengthen them wher...
• Be concise and sincere when reviewing, are you bring too direct or forward.• Do not use slang or colloquialisms, these w...
• This article has been produced by James King, Student Advisor for Santa BarbaraColleges within the USA.• James is an exp...
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Guide to writing an essay

  1. 1. James KingGuide To Writing an Essay
  2. 2. • Most common assignment at College or University• Can vary in length from 500 to 5000 words• Explorative piece, developing arguments, opinions and exploring topics• Discursive in nature, (flowing, fluent and expansive)• May or may not include subheadings, depends upon the writers style• Always check the criteria with the assignment leaderWhat is an Essay
  3. 3. There are clearly defined differences between the two formats, these are as follows -Why an Essay and not a Report• Often a problem starts with a hypothesis• Includes lots of field work• Investigative in nature• Includes recommendations to solve problem• Formal style and layout• Objective tone• Successful outcome based upon presentationand analysis of research• Usually based around a question or aproposition• Established a proposition and exploresarguments and responses• Not normally separated into sections• May be subjective in nature• Successful outcome based upon theinterest of the argument and how theessay demonstrates/relates to theoverall topic• Report • Essay
  4. 4. • Interpret the question• Organise your time• Read• Think• Plan10 Tips to Writing a Successful Essay• Writing• Referencing• Draft• Refine• Review
  5. 5. • Interpretation of the question is a key aspect and will shape the entireargument/essay• Identity the topic and the key themes of the particular topic• Retail brand awareness, Government tax levies, globalisation – these are all overall topicsthat have been identified.• What are the next steps, they key actions?• Check the language of the question, is it asking you to “explain” “demonstrate” or“evaluate”• Plan your thoughts and arguments, outline briefly what you want to conveyParticipation in Decisions
  6. 6. • Plan your research, your witting and conclusion• Depends upon your writing ability• Remember that you will need more time to research than you think, especially if youare inexperienced – thorough research equates to a good essayOrganise Time
  7. 7. • Good Sources• Google Books• Books• Journals• Broadsheet papers• Research papers• Journalist blogsRead• Sources to Avoid• Wikipedia• Low quality newspapersUse as many resources as possible
  8. 8. • Think about what conclusions that you can draw from the research• Do they answer the question?• Top line what you would like the essay to say and stick to that line of thoughtthroughout• This will help you maintain momentum and keep your thoughts focusedThink
  9. 9. • Structured, well thought through essays perform better• Noes should be taken within a logical order• No strict rules, but make sure that arguments flow and make sense• The essay should follow an introduction, main body and conclusion• Introduction should highlight what the essay is about• Main body should highlight main points, theories and arguments• Conclusion should bring together the main points and conclude the essay, remember todemonstrate how the essay answers the original questionPlan
  10. 10. • Some people prefer to write the conclusion and then work out the details in thebody and finish with the introduction• Some prefer to construct the essay around the introduction• It does not matter how you write it, as long as your opinions topics and argumentsare well researched and referenced within the textWriting
  11. 11. • Acknowledging an authors writing is important, not only does it demonstrate thatyou have researched the topic, but it also demonstrates that you have the ability notto plagiarise other authors work.• Paraphrasing and quoting an authors works, needs to be recognised and referencedproperlyReferencing
  12. 12. • Test your structure, hypothesis and arguments.• Critique the essay, seek out the weak arguments and strengthen them whereappropriate• Aim for the third draft to be perfect, second draft is to get the main points right andmake sure that your arguments flow and make senseDraft and Redraft
  13. 13. • Be concise and sincere when reviewing, are you bring too direct or forward.• Do not use slang or colloquialisms, these will be greatly frowned upon, unlessabsolutely appropriate• At this point you would really want to review the marking schedule, make sure thatyour piece will gain marks where appropriate• You would be surprised how many marks are lost due to silly referencing andgrammatical problemsReview
  14. 14. • This article has been produced by James King, Student Advisor for Santa BarbaraColleges within the USA.• James is an expert within his field and often lectures on topics including academicwriting for Nursing, Criminal Justice and Business.Note from Author

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