Writing the perfect essay is not at all as daunting as it seems. Just take a deep breath and
know that you can easily write a great essay as long as you - take 5 mins to follow these simple steps:
N.B. Writing and editing are two entirely different skills. If you try to edit while you write - or vice versa - you won't do a good job of either.
Now you have the rough draft it is more likely that you know what you want to say about the subject. You are now ready to begin your edit. When you are editing take no prisoners - make every sentence serve the topic of the essay. If you have an opinion by all means express it, but only if it is on topic and you can back it up from your research and study.
Introduction: This is where you summarise the question you've been asked and introduce how you intend to proceed.
Argument: This is the main body of the essay and it is where you present a coherent picture of what you want to say. Try to follow a logical progression of thought and try to build your case idea by idea. All essays should be written as though they are addressing someone who knows nothing about the subject and therefore needs everything explained. If you leave out important information the teacher/tutor/examiner won't think you are doing it because you don't want to insult her/his intelligence but rather because you simply don't know it.
Conclusion: This should do as it says on the tin - it should conclude your argument. It needs to sum up what has been said earlier, highlighting the important points and trying for a concise ending.
Most essays need to have references included. Your teacher/tutor will tell you if there is a specific style of referencing needed e.g. Harvard. You might need to ask so that there is no danger you will lose marks for failing to provide proper references.
Don't waste 1000's of calories stressing about your essay! Use this recipe to cook up a grade busting meal of an essay that is meaty (fully referenced) and fat free (on topic and fully answers your essay question)!
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