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Steps to Writing an Excellent Essay

For most students, writing essays is not easy. It is time consuming and very few people have a passion for writing. However, you do not need to be a writing expert to write an excellent essay. All you need is a few guidelines to help you in writing the good copy. This article will guide you step by step in writing an excellent essay.

  1. Understand the Requirements

If the topic has been provided for you, you need to study it carefully and understand it. The key to writing a good essay is knowing what is expected of you from the beginning. If you do not understand the essay question, discuss it with your colleagues at school. You can also approach your tutor to help you understand the essay question.

Read and understand other requirements of the essay such as the style of writing, referencing, the keywords and the word count. Understanding the requirements of the essay will help you write an excellent essay.

  1. Make an Outline

Once you have read and understood the essay question and all the writing prompts, make an outline. It helps you plan out your essay systematically to facilitate good flow of ideas. Write down the major points. An outline will make the writing easier and faster.

  1. Use Credible Sources

Use credible scholarly sources to write your essay. You need to use statistics and quotes from credible sources. An example of materials to use are textbooks, academic journal or book from accredited authors among other credible sources.

  1. The Actual Writing

Now that you have the outline and fully understand the essay question, you can start writing. Start by writing a thesis statement. A thesis statement helps the reader to understand what your essay is all about. Your outline will guide you in writing a good thesis statement. Read essays from the good writers or from sites such write my essay to get ideas on how to write your thesis statement and the entire essay.

After the thesis statement, write down the introductory paragraph. It should be interesting so that the reader can get hooked on reading it. If the introductory paragraph is not interesting enough, the reader will get bored reading your essay. To make the introductory paragraph interesting, start by giving out a random facts, statistics, a quote or shocking revelation.

The rest of the paragraphs should start with a topic sentence. It helps introduce the idea you are going to discuss to the reader. The paragraphs should articulate and explain the idea of the essay well. The concluding paragraph should give a summary of what you have discussed throughout the essay.

  1. Proofread

Read your essay multiple times to ensure everything is in order. Have someone else read the essay aloud to enable you make corrections where necessary. Do not submit the essay without proofreading it. You may have written excellent content, but if the essay is full of grammatical and spelling mistakes, it might not fetch you good marks.

Writing your essay will get easier for you with these tips. You just need to pay attention to details and implement them. Get help if there things you do not understand.


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Alexandra Dimitropoulou
Deputy executive editor at the ​CEOWORLD magazine. Writer, internet person, professional restaurant recommender, and native New Yorker. Passions: health & wellness, coffee, running & dogs.
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