Essay writing may be easy at school, but when it comes to University level, things get tough really fast. There’s never enough time to do the work twice if you change your mind or make a serious mistake – everything has to be done by the book from the very beginning.
When at school, you could choose good topics to write an essay about, but that has changed, too. Consider all the topics “bad” and “difficult” now. What’s left to do is follow the tutor’s instructions and form a special essay writing approach. It includes thorough and smart planning as well as an involving introduction. Basically, the things you should know are:
- How to write an essay plan.
- How to write an essay introduction paragraph.
Planning is important for several reasons. First of all, it allows you to optimize the time spent on writing, because you can never find yourself wondering what’s there to do next if you have a thorough plan. Secondly, it gives you a way to look into the future and see how well you handle the topic or which difficulties you may encounter. How? A plan is like a short version of your essay, so with each point you imagine the writing process and will most likely predict problems just by asking yourself if you can write anything there. It’s common practice to add a lot of details to the plan, making it not only thorough, but also extensive. Basically, you can use it as a “skeleton” and grow “meat” on it, adding details and extending points until it turns into a full-fledged essay. It’s not the most popular approach, but it works so you may as well try it out.
The introduction is a tricky part of essay writing. What may seem irrelevant at first appears to be extremely important in the end, so if you ignored it, you’re going to have a bad time. Why is the introduction paragraph so important if it’s small and doesn’t really contain any important information? Easy – it involves the reader in the relevance of your essay. If the introduction isn’t interesting, the tutor may ignore the whole paper, and that would be nasty. As for information, here’s the tricky thing. This short piece of text should get to the reader, enter his mind and make him sympathize. You don’t achieve something like that with only information – an author’s appeal should be present. As long as most people ask the simple questions “What’s in it for me? Why should I care”, that’s exactly what your introduction should answer. Tell the reader why the information in your essay is important specifically for them, advertise your paper. If you succeed, the grade will most likely be higher than a better essay with a worse intro would get.