Essay writing made easy!


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Essays. We know, the word ‘essay’ alone can sound daunting, but we promise: they’re easy to master once you get on top of them.

Just like riding a bike, once you practice and learn, you’ll have it down pat for good. And soon, you’ll be riding along with no hands (but a helmet of course, because you’re responsible, right?). Uh, we mean writing, not riding…

All essays have a set structure, this includes an introduction, body, and conclusion. What should be included in each section is further detailed below.

Introduction
This should be roughly 10 – 15% of the essay length and follow the below structure:

  • Introduce the topic – why is this topic interesting from the perspective of the discipline/field?
  • Indicate the focus or your essay.
  • Signpost the structure of your essay.
  • Indicate your thesis statement (this is your main line of argument, or your position on the topic).

Body
This should be roughly 80% of the essay length, and will include multiple body paragraphs. Each individual body paragraph should be between 100 – 200 words, focus on one main idea, and follow the below structure:

  • Topic sentence to introduce the main idea of the paragraph
  • Supporting sentences, which include evidence, arguments, and examples.
  • Concluding/linking sentence

Conclusion
This should be roughly 5-10% of the essay length and follow the below structure:

  • Draw together your findings/analysis from each section of your argument.
  • State your conclusion based on your research and findings.
  • Consider the implications of your evaluation for the problem in your discipline or field.

For further information, check out the writing your assignment webpage.