An essay is written prose which aims to answer a question about a topic, and convince the reader of your point of view.
You need to:
It can be short or very long.You need to write in paragraphs, using correct sentences, and follow a logical order.
Bullet points are not allowed.
An essay has four sections:
Before you start, think about when the essay is due, and how much time you need to spend on preparation and writing. Then plan and allocate time to the following:
Analyse the assignment
Find your information
Organise your information
Write first draft
Write final draft
See the TAFE SA Library Guide on Essay Writing.
For university level essay writing, watch How to write an excellent essay (14:13)
It is important that you read the feedback that your lecturer gives you.
This will help you improve your next essay.
If you did not receive any feedback, ask your lecturer for comments. Your lecturer may have samples of good essays for you to model.
Share and discuss your feedback with other students.
Use all feedback as a guide when planning your next assignment. You will know what areas to work harder on, e.g. sentence structure, muddled thoughts, insufficient research etc. If possible, incorporate techniques which received praise in your next essay. Ask for help if you still find some aspects difficult.
Every essay writing exercise should be a positive learning experience for you.