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8 Steps to Writing an Essay

  1. 8 Steps to Writing an Essay
  2. Steps 1: Understand the Assignment  Read the essay prompt given by your professor, and make sure you understand exactly what is required. If you have any questions, ask your professor or teacher's assistant after class or via email.  It maybe a good idea to write down notes involving the scope of what is required so you can reference that at a later time.
  3. Steps 2: Pick Your Topic Now that you understand the task ahead, the next step is to brainstorm a topic. We recommend choosing one that interests you and one you do not know much about, so you will actually learn something from it. When students ask us about topic advise, we tell them to go with a current event, something in the news, something that is talked about a lot. For starters there will be plenty of recent sources available to cite on the subject, and it will be something attractive to your reader as well.
  4. Steps 3: Start Your Research We recommend staying away from Wikipedia as a source, professor's do not like it. If you took our advise in step 2, and picked a topic you do not know much about, then you will be required to research the topic before you can write about it. This will be where you can find some quality sources on the subject and cite them in your essay. Find online articles, books, websites, and read them. The knowledge you gain from this process will help you write a solid essay
  5. Steps 4: Develop your Thesis Statement A thesis statement is a one or two sentence statement that states the purpose of your essay and what you are trying to accomplish. This could also serve as an essay hook, which is to hook your reader into wanting to spend the time to read your entire paper.
  6. Steps 5: Create an Outline Part of having an amazing essay is also making sure it's well organized and mapped. Start out with the introduction, body (us, and conclusion. Most of the time your body paragraph will have several 3 sections or subheadings which you will need to include in your outline as well.
  7. Steps 6: Write Your Essay Then you can organize it into 5-paragraph format later on. Now that you have your topic, research material, and outline, and thesis statement, it's time to start writing. Grab a cup of coffee and start jotting down your ideas. At first they do not need to make much sense, just get it all out
  8. Steps 7: Site Your Sources If you need specific information on the various citation methods, along with examples, check out the link in our video description for additional tutorials. Anytime you use information or facts that you found in a source, you must cite that source in the paper and on a works cited page.
  9. Steps 8: Clean up and Organize You are almost at the finish line. Now go through your essay one final time, cleaning up your ideas and organizing them into sensible paragraphs and sections that fit a standard essay format. Make sure all your sources are cited correctly and your bibliography is properly formatted.
  10. Now you have completed an outstanding essay, which should earn you a passing grade. If you have any more questions regarding essay writing or even need a custom written example on your topic, head over to our website which you can find in the video description. And your done! Thanks for watching, see you on the next episode when we attempt to tackle another college writing issue. If you need a custom presentation or a custom example essay, click here