Essay Help

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 Essay Writing 1

What is an essay?

An essay is a brief, non-fiction work, composition, paper, article or piece on a particular subject or idea. An essay can vary in length from short (500 to 1000 words) to long (book length). An essay can be written on any topic.

Origin of the word

The word originates from the French word “essai” which translates as an attempt or trial. It was first used by the writer Montaigne to describe his short pieces of work.

Tips for writing essays

Helpful tips for writing essays.

Basic essay outline

Your essay outline will have three parts: a beginning or introduction, the middle (the body) and the end (conclusion). Read more on essay outline.

Types of essays

Essays can be classified according to their topic or tone or according to their purpose.

  • Classification according to their topic and tone
    • Formal
    • Informal
    • Personal
    • Impersonal

The purpose of the essay will determine how you write about your topic

The Basic Essay Outine

Writing a basic essay outline is a bit like building a house. Decide on a design (essay topic and genre), draft the plan (your outline), purchase the material (brainstorm your words and ideas) and then start ‘building’.

The ‘building’ or end product is only as good as the planning that preceded it.

The more time and attention spent planning the finer details will pay off in the long term. The planning stage is often the most neglected one as students often rush into the final draft fearful of time limitations. When the clock is ticking, remember to pay attention to the planning, it will serve as a guideline and keep you headed in the right direction.

Better planning brings better marks. Read more>>>>

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