How to Write an Essay: 10 Easy Steps


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It is time to write exams and here is some advice to my students on writing essays.

Topics:

  1. Analyze and assess the role of some English-language media in international society
  2. Elaborate on and discuss various aspects of multicultural societies in the English-speaking world
  3. Reflect on how cultural differences and dissimilar value systems can affect communication
  4. Elaborate on and discuss a number of international and global challenges
  5. Elaborate on and discuss a selection of literature and factual prose from the period 1950 up to the present

I have found material from “The American university in Cairo” and NDLA Norway.

  1. Research:Begin the essay writing process by researching your topic,use the internet at lest 2 sources.
  2. Analysis: Now that you have a good knowledge base, start analyzing the material you have found
  3. Brainstorming:  Ask yourself a dozen questions and answer them.
  4. Thesis: Pick your best idea what you can write your entire essay about. Your thesis is your main point, summed up in a concise sentence that lets the reader know where you’re going, and why. It’s practically impossible to write a good essay without a clear thesis.
  5. Outline: Sketch out your essay before straightway writing it out. Use one-line sentences to describe paragraphs, and bullet points to describe what each paragraph will contain.
  6. Introduction: Now sit down and write the essay. The introduction should grab the reader’s attention, set up the issue, and lead in to your thesis.  (Note: The title and first paragraph are probably the most important elements in your essay.)
  7. Paragraphs: Each individual paragraph should be focused on a single idea that supports your thesis.
  8. Conclusion: Gracefully exit your essay by making a quick wrap-up sentence, and then end on some memorable thought, perhaps a quotation, or an interesting twist of logic, or some call to action. Is there something you want the reader to walk away and do? Let him or her know exactly what.
  9. MLA Style: Remember to quote your sources.
  10. Language: You’re not done writing your essay until you’ve polished your language by correcting the grammar, making sentences flow, incoporating rhythm, emphasis, adjusting the formality, giving it a level-headed tone, and making other intuitive edits. Proofread until it reads just how you want it to sound. Writing an essay can be tedious, but you don’t want to bungle the hours of conceptual work you’ve put into writing your essay by leaving a few slippy misppallings and pourly wordedd phrazies..
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5 replies

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  2. an interesting paper, it really helps in communication skills studies

  3. I do believe all the ideas you have presented to your post. They’re really convincing and can certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for starters. May you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  4. I’d been looking for this site for a while now – I first came across it about 4 years ago. However, the links that lead to the exercises – the hyperlinks aren’t working. Could you help me out with this?

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