What it Takes to Complete an Essay

While it is true that this kind of assignment takes a lot of your dedicated time and effort, there are some steps you can follow to guarantee the end product is outstanding. Here is what you need to know:

  1. Choose a Great Topic
  2. This first step can stump a lot of students. A great topic is usually one that meets three criteria: it’s original, it’s arguable, and it is interesting to you and the reader. Any new area you can explore or push the envelope in makes for a great topic. Just make sure you choose something you can manage given your time and resources.

  3. Create a Good Outline
  4. After doing some background research and mapping out your ideas, create a good outline that takes your best ideas and supporting evidence and arranges them in an ordered structure that best expresses your central argument or the point you are trying to make.

  5. Draft a Thesis Sentence
  6. Your thesis statement is undoubtedly the single important sentence in the whole essay because it communicates to the reader exactly what you will be arguing. It should be placed at the end of the introduction and be written clearly and concisely.

  7. Write the Body First
  8. When you start your first draft begin writing the body paragraphs first. Many students find this an easy method of getting their main ideas down efficiently, rather than having to think too much about what their paper will be about first.

  9. Write the Introduction
  10. Now that you do have an idea of what your essay is about precisely, you can go back and write the introduction. The beginning should give the reader some background information explaining why the topic you are discussing is important and give any details about it the reader will need to know to understand the work as a whole.

  11. Write the Conclusion
  12. Next, write the conclusion. You should rephrase your thesis statement, as well as summarize and synthesize all of the main points you have covered in your body paragraphs. Never bring up any new information. This is a sign of poor writing and will cost your reader’s attention.

  13. Revise, Edit and Proofread
  14. And finally, revise, edit and proofread your entire work. Each of these should be done separately to ensure you give each equal importance in the process of putting together an outstanding essay. If you find it helpful ask a friend to do a once over before submittal; fresh eyes might catch something you couldn’t.

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