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8 Tips For Writing An Excellent Essay

Hook Your Reader By Piquing Interest And Curiosity

Do not cite three or four pieces of supporting evidence in an elaborate thesis if you are only allowed 500 words. If you only have a few paragraphs to write your essay, you will likely only have room for one main point of supporting evidence. Keep your thesis short and limit your supporting points, since you always need to set aside plenty of room in your essay for introspection. Start by writing the thesis statement at the top, and then write a topic sentence for each paragraph below that. This means you should know exactly what each of your paragraphs is going to be about before you write them.

The ‘skeleton’ will enable you to write a more organized essay. It introduces the reader to the idea that the essay will address. It is also intended to capture the reader’s attention and interest.

The point is you can do quite a bit in 300 words—but really a 300 word essay is more like a short answer or short response than it is a short essay. There is not a lot of room to introduce an idea, develop it, and conclude it.

The first sentence of the introduction paragraph should be as captivating and interesting as possible. The sentences that follow should clarify your opening statement. Conclude the introduction paragraph with your thesis statement. It is also important to be aware of the complexity of your topic.

To do all that, you’ll need more words, which means more pages. To introduce a topic, develop it and conclude it, you’ll want at least 2 pages—approximately 600 words. In that amount of space, you can write anywhere between 3 and 5 solid paragraphs.

Jot your topic in the middle of your page, draw lines branching from the topic and write main ideas at the end of each line. From the main ideas at the end of the lines draw more lines and include your thoughts. The second body paragraph will follow the same format as the first body paragraph. This paragraph should put forth your second strongest argument supporting your thesis statement. Likewise, the third and fourth body paragraphs, like the first and second, will contain your third and fourth strongest arguments supporting your thesis statement.