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Mastering The Proper Essay Format: Tips & Examples

Writing an essay can be quite a challenge no matter how many times you have written an essay in the past. Part of the struggle and challenge associated therein is that each time you are assigned an essay during your academic career chances are it is a slightly different style or type or even a different format. But thankfully no matter what type of paper you are assigned there are some things that remain common throughout.

  1. The first thing is the sections.
  2. Each paper you write will include the same three sections: the introduction. The body. The conclusion. The introduction is where you place your thesis statement. It is where you introduce the topic and give you readers a road map as to what they will learn about during the course of your paper. The body is where you present your findings and your evidence in support of each idea or each argument. For every type of essay you write you will want to include one main idea for each paragraph. Never try and include multiple ideas in one paragraph. The conclusion works in conjunction with the introduction to frame your argument. It is what helps remind the reader of what information you presented and why it is important.

  3. The second thing is the process.
  4. The process for writing any essay is going to be the same no matter the essay type or the format. Your process should begin with selecting a topic. Once you have a topic in mind it is time to write down the things that you already know about the topic and what things you still need to know. The list of questions that you have in mind at the end of this process will pave the foundation for your research. Your job during the research phase is to find answers to these remaining questions. As you take notes you should start to form the organization and presentation of your information. You can solidify this with the outline. The outline is what you use for every essay you write to best present your information in a logical order. Once you have the outline it is time to start writing. That first draft will never be perfect but it is a great starting point. And after a bit of revising and editing you can turn it around and produce a top notch paper.