Essay structuring basics

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Essay structuring basics
4/22/21 10:06 AM

Even though we are in a period of isolation, academic assignments are still in force, and, indeed, essays are a type of text very much in demand by your teachers. If this is your case, consider the following tips on how to make a well-structured academic essay.

Although the first thing you need to be clear about to write an essay is the structure, it is not only about that, as other factors influence its quality. So keep in mind: "before I write an essay for me, I need to structure it."

How to set up the structure of an essay?

First, we can define an essay in three parts according to its structure: introduction, development, and conclusion. But what should each of them contain?

 This part should make up approximately 10% of the essay's length and perfectly summarize the topic that the author will deal with throughout the essay. The introduction will set out the line of argument followed in the rest of the essay.

Development: This is the central part of the essay and, therefore, the part that should take up most of the essay's length, around 80%. In this part, the author will present his or her ideas and arguments, citing other authors, journals, or reference books on the chosen subject. The main ideas and arguments that position the author in that topic will be presented. All the explanations must be related to each other and are well cohesive.

Conclusion: The remaining 10% of the essay's length corresponds to the conclusion. In this part, the author should summarize the most important ideas of the whole text written previously. Moreover, they should highlight the ideas that help them position themselves to know the author's position.

Steps in writing an essay

Once the structure is clear, there are a series of tips that will help you to express your ideas better and, in short, to be able to write a better essay. Take note of the six tips below:

1. Think about the topic of your essay.
No matter how tidy the structure of the essay is, the topic in question must be of great relevance. Address current issues and write with your target audience in mind. Check the local media and get a feel for the issues on the table.

2. Do as much research as you can on the topic you are going to cover.
Find reliable sources of information for your essay. Your local library may be able to help you find the documentation you need. If you prefer to look for information on the internet, make sure your teacher favors or goes against using Wikipedia as a source.

3. Study other materials on your chosen topic.
Find essays written by professionals on the topic you plan to develop and learn about styles, typologies, content?

4. Don't cover too many points
The essay does not aim to exhaust all the possibilities of a topic but only focuses on its part. Avoid writing long paragraphs on other, even unrelated, aspects of the topic.

5. Use short sentences
It will give dynamism to the text and keep the reader's attention. It is a way to avoid boring your audience and to keep the ideas concrete.

6. Include reflections
As objective as your essay should be, it is advisable that after the conclusion, you include a paragraph that stimulates reflection and tries to change the reader's perspective on the topic.