How To Write A Good Essay: 5 Great Tips For Students


There is something that your essay reveals about you, and it's not your grades or test scores – it is your personality. It gives your teachers a sense of who you are from the inside; it gives them a chance to see your writing skills.


These five tips should help you present yourself in the best way possible.


  1. Answer the Question
  2. It is that simple, and that’s the thing where most students go wrong. They answer the wrong question.

    You have to make sure that you understand what your teacher/examiner wants from the essay, and that you present them in the best way possible. You might think that this is like stating the obvious, but answering the wrong question can become a disaster for the grades that you get in an exam.

  3. Introduction
  4. The point of an introduction paragraph is to provide a concise summary of the points that you will be raising throughout the paper. You should make sure that you use small sentences and do not dive into the details about everything. Most students go wrong by discussing the details in the introduction paragraphs and then repeating them further in the essay.

  5. Create the First Draft
  6. You do not have to go head first into the essay without even thinking it through. So, after you’ve gathered your notes and brainstormed everything, it's time to create your first draft. This is the part where you just write everything that comes to your mind, don’t try to perfect anything, let it flow.

    You will give yourself the chance to fix your mistakes and imperfections in the next drafts.

  7. Conclusion
  8. In conclusion, you should weigh all the arguments you’ve presented and decide which ones are the strongest and relevant. This is the part where you justify why some arguments are more strong and relevant than the others; this will give something more to your conclusion than just repeating the arguments you presented above.

  9. How much should you write?
  10. This is the doubt that most students have. The answer is pretty straight forward – you can write as much as you can in the allotted time. But make sure that you are only writing relevant content, there are no fillers in essays.

    However, the length does not matter if it does not provide the quality your examiner or teacher is looking for. But then again, if you can present enough arguments and also increase the length of your essay, then you might be able to get more points.

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