Types of Essays

There are many different types of essays, which can be classified according to their topic or tone or according to their purpose.

 Essay Writing

1.       Classification according to their topic and tone

  • Formal
  • Informal
  • Personal
  • Impersonal

The purpose of the essay will determine how you write about your topic, but to write with confidence you first need to understand the difference between each type.

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2.       Classification according to their purpose

You can also take a look at our tips for writing a basic essay.

Basic Essay Outline

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>>>>

How to Write an Effective Introduction.

How to write an introduction that grips the reader needs special attention. The first line or two of a story is the most important part. It will grab the reader’s attention and keep them reading or they will likely lose interest and put it down. Read more>>>

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