At first sight, it seems not very difficult: you just need to write what you are good at, what your aims and how you are going to achieve them. And most of the applicants think that they can cope with this at last night before deadline. Does it really work? Is it possible to write an essay that has an impact on your future? Actually, not. That is why here some useful “should’s” that can be very helpful for those who are worried about their essay.
#1 Start early
Do not wait for the last night! As soon as you got the essay questions, begin your thinking. Read them very carefully, if there are any unfamiliar words – check them with a dictionary. If you have some problems with understanding the main points in the task and have no idea how to write an essay, write to college office to clarify the questions or talk with your teachers.
#2 Make a brainstorm
To make a brainstorm – first you need to have some material for your “storm”. So, research the necessary literature that can be a background to an essay. Write notes in your own words; don’t forget about quotations that can confirm your opinions. Then use a mind map and make a note of any relevant evidence or quotes that come to mind. Even if you think that this thought can’t fit into your essay, don’t be so hasty – it can.
#3 Develop your thesis
Thesis in your essay should be a statement that strongly expresses the overall response to the question. It shouldn’t be either very simple or too sophisticated. That’s why write a plan before writing your essay. It orders your ideas in a logical sequence. Make sure that every point in the plan is relevant to the essay questions. After you finish the plan you will see where to begin an essay.
#4 Write an essay
Remember that every essay should have the introduction, the body and the conclusion. Starting with the introduction, introduce your thesis that will open up the discussion. Name the text that will be discussed, engage the reader. In the body of an essay each point should be given in a new paragraph. Don’t forget about conjunctive adverbs like ‘however’, ‘in addition’, ‘nevertheless’, ‘moreover’, etc. that will help the reader to understand the coherence of paragraphs in your essay. Give the supporting evidences for each point that you make. At the conclusion of your essay you should demonstrate how you have proven your thesis. Summarize the main ideas; it will make your essay accomplished. You can finish an essay with interesting or even provoking comments that, of course, are relevant to the main subject. Don’t worry if even after all these pieces of advice you can’t imagine how to write an essay. You can check various websites, like writing2me.com, where you can find the examples of essay or even ask for a help in writing it.
#5 Check everything
After you finally wrote your essay, put it somewhere and let it be there for a few days. Your brain will take some rest and in 2-3 days you will look at your essay in a different light. Check your spelling, punctuation and grammar, give your friends and teacher to read it, they can find something that you’ve missed. Delete any sections that are not particularly relevant, get rid of the pointless words, change vocabulary to clarify or improve expressions.
Remember that your attitude means a lot: if you begin any journey, be sure – you will finish it. Good luck!