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7 useful tips for writing an excellent essay

An academic essay is a form of writing in which you present your opinion on a subject and provide evidence to support your claim.

The introduction, body, and conclusion are the three basic sections of an essay.

Follow the guidelines and instructions

Always read your assignment instructions and assessment criteria carefully because essay requirements could vary between units and levels.

Plan your essay beforehand

We recommend to organise your ideas and structure the essay body with a mind map or an outline. Planning your essay ensures your point is conveyed clearly and persuasively.

Make a list of credible sources

Develop depth and diversity of your argument through research, show your understanding of the topic.

You must apply references when citing arguments from someone else for academic integrity.

Show critical thinking

To support your essay argument, make sure you compare, contrast, critique and offer observations in addition to just summarising what you have read.

Flow naturally from paragraph to paragraph

Use appropriate transitions and a strong topic sentence to signal readers that you are transitioning from paragraph to paragraph.

Write in simple, clear and concise language

Structuring your sentences carefully and select your words with intention.

By writing clearly and concisely, you will get straight to your point in a way your audience can easily comprehend.

Conclude your essay with a great summary

Give a summary of what you've already written and check that your arguments and content support your thesis. Once you've shown that you have a solid grasp of the subject and your argument, add something interesting to the conclusion. It ought to make the reader want to learn more about the subject or ought to create a lasting impact.


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