Essay writing is the most applicable method of student assessment used by all academic institutions. Therefore, it is essential to learn how to properly write essay papers and avoid the common mistakes. It is also important to incorporate all the paper requirements and instructions given to you into sound content that will bring you a good grade. Students study different courses hence are liable to write about different topics depending on the subject to be discussed. The essay topic is the image of the essay. It gives readers the first impression about the main theme, the writer and the target audience.
A 5-paragraph essay is the basic kind, and it is the easiest in terms of structure. Any essay should consist of three main parts: introduction, main body and conclusion. The first paragraph of the essay is known as the introductory paragraph. In this paragraph, you should introduce the main concept of the paper to the audience. With vivid explanations, you have to elaborate the main theme and divide it further into sections that can be well understood by the reader. In the first paragraph, it is important to be as cogent as possible in order not to lose the imagination of the reader. The writer must stay focused on the essay topic all the time. It is the first paragraph that gives a synopsis of what will be discussed on the paper. Writers often give brief explanations of the sub-themes to be discussed in the main body. The opening sentence of the introductory paragraph is a determinant of the nature of the writer. A good writer is likely to use literary stylistic devices such as imagery, suspense, phrases and other skills that make readers to have second thought about quitting reading the essay. (more…)
An expository essay is one in which a writer is expected to provide some information, or explanation, about a certain issue using factual data. The facts explored in this type of essay should be explained in a clear and very concise manner, to enable the reader to quickly understand what it is that the writer is talking about in the essay. Towards the end of this essay, the writer should be able to have gradually come up with an argument from the facts, or data, that have been provided, or used, to generate the expository paper. In most cases, writers achieve this through the use of contrast and comparisons, effect and cause analysis, and also through several examples and illustrations of the ideas in the essay.
When you are to write an expository essay and are required to select the topic, ensure that the topic which you select is one that is narrow enough so it can be explored in the limited number of pages that the essay is supposed to be written. Just like any other essay, this kind of essay is also supposed to have a thesis statement which should be written in a way that expresses the controlling idea of the essay that is neither too specific, nor too broad, to be developed effectively. Once one has the suitable thesis statement, one should now select the writing style that will best serve the kind of essay that one hopes to write. (more…)
An argumentative essay is a demonstration of one’s critical thinking about an important and often contentious problem. In the argumentative essay an issue is stated, critical reasons are offered as to why this issue is significant, and reasons are presented as to why it is important. In addition, an analysis of the issue follows in which certain passages are clarified.
An argumentative essay uses reasoning and evidence. It does not use emotion to take a definitive stand on a particular controversial or debatable issue. The essay mainly explores two sides of a topic and tries to prove why one side or position is better. In this process, underlying assumptions and fallacies may be uncovered. Since there are always at least two sides to any issue, an argument must be given as to why one position is better than another. (more…)
To write an effective critique, or rather, a critical essay, you must first be a critical reader. What does this mean? I will tell you. You must carefully analyze the chosen writer’s perspective, argument, and presented information to determine possible strengths and weaknesses. You must objectively look at the work, and use a certain criteria to evaluate it. Because a critique is also personal, it can also include your own opinions and reactions. Primarily, however, you ought to consider the title of the article and reflect on what it means to you. What do you already know about this topic? What do you believe? What do you predict the article will cover? All this are of great importance if a critical essay is to fall in shape.
An analysis of an essay should be organized into six parts: the background, the purpose, the thesis statement, evidence, the refutation, and finally, the summarizing appeal. This is just the analysis part of the essay, which is just as important as the essay itself. For the best finished piece of writing, it is important that you follow these steps when writing your critique, or rather critical essay. (more…)
In writing a persuasive essay, a writer takes a position FOR or AGAINST a certain issue. He or she writes to convince the reader to believe or do a particular thing. To some extent, persuasive writing could also be referred to as an argument essay. This is because both utilize logic as well as clear reason to prove that one idea is more justifiable as compared to another. It attempts to persuade the reader to take up a different viewpoint or engage the reader in a particular course of action. The argument within the persuasive essay should always use good reasoning as well as solid evidence including stating facts, quoting experts, using examples, and giving logical reasons.
When establishing the plan of how to come up with a persuasive essay, it is important to follow certain steps. I will take you briefly through the steps in the process. First, choose your specific position carefully. Clearly define which side of the issue or of the problem that you are going to write and clearly indicate which solution you will offer. Determine the ultimate purpose of your essay. Secondly, critically evaluate your audience. (more…)
MLA, the paper formatting and referencing style, created by Modern Language Association of America is one of the most widely used for written assignments in humanities and the liberal arts. It is written “to tatters” by students and scholars specializing in literature and linguistics. If your tutor has given you the homework and you need to use MLA for its formatting, you may first feel at a loss. Do not know what to start with? Let us try to illuminate the things a bit.
According to Phyllis Franklin, the author of MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: Sixth Edition, that is considered the “Bible” of the corresponding formatting style, originated over fifty years ago. This means that the style rules had been produced long before most of its users were born. Of course, there were not even a few modifications and updates in the MLA principles. As for the current moment you may use the following guidelines when writing an essay using MLA format. (more…)
The citation and formatting style of American Psychological Association, commonly known as APA, is mostly used for essays associated with social and behavioral sciences. They include history, law, communicational and cultural studies, rhetoric, sociology etc. That is why the principles of APA style are obligatory for mastering by the students studying social-oriented subjects. It is most commonly used for scientific writing: for term and research papers, case studies and literature reviews as well as for essays. The APA “code of rules” contains guidelines for the essay structuring, referencing and typing. Let us try to go into the APA maze and find out all the details.
The main aim of APA format usage is to standardize the citations and references used in the paper. The format defines the correct way of including the end and footnotes into the body of the text as well as the reference page and in-text citation (the one consisting of a signal phrase, followed by the author’s name). APA style gives preference to author – date citation system. This means that you need to refer to the References within the paper by mentioning the name of the author for that source plus the page number in the corresponding book. (more…)
In grade school students are taught how to write. By this I mean that they are taught how to form their letters, and later they learn to arrange these letters into words. Eventually they start to put these words into sentences, and unfortunately after that it sometimes gets a little mixed up. There are so many ways to make a sentence that this is where some students get lost and never learn what makes a good sentence. It gets a little more difficult when they have to start making these sentences into paragraphs and finally constructing whole essays out of the paragraphs. By the time some students get to college, they are completely lost when they are given an assignment to write an essay.
The key to writing a good college essay is good planning. If you have a well-thought out plan, you have a better chance of writing a well-constructed essay.
All you need to do is to follow a few simple steps when planning your essay and you will begin to see an improvement in your writing. Those steps are deciding on a topic, doing your research, organizing your ideas, and then writing your paper. The final important step is proofreading. (more…)
The ability to think critically and incorporate decision making abilities into one’s judgment rely upon factors that are consistently joined in the human experience. The authors of the primary text in this course refer to critical thinking as several abilities. All these abilities have one common factor. That factor is the understanding of how decision making is effective. To understand critical thinking one must not only realize the attributes but also the benefits of possessing the qualities of a critical thinker. Also, one must be able to incorporate this understanding into their present working atmosphere.
The authors of the e-text, state that critical thinking is comprised of three things. First, a critical thinker must have an awareness of a set of interrelated critical questions. Second, the ability to ask and answer critical questions at appropriate times is crucial. Finally, the thinker must desire to actively use the critical questions. (p.4).I would like to add to this definition. The key to all these habits is questions. One must question the obvious and accepted, in order to derive a higher form of understanding. Questions can happen for many reasons. We question to understand a situation, and the facts and opinions that surround it. We question to reapply the accepted and understood in hopes of finding a realization that will sharpen our perspective on a particular topic. We also question to form an argument upon which a foundation of dialog may exist and grow. By asking questions, “a spirit of curiosity, wonder, and intellectual adventure…” is created.(p.3). This becomes a true melting pot from which critical questions and the decisions made beyond those questions come from. (more…)
We have come to think of the internet as a place of anonymity. A place where we can lose ourselves for a few hours and do things we could not normally do. We can study the world news without it being filtered for the “American” view. We can learn how to make all sorts of items using knowledge that only privileged members of our military know. We can have an entirely new life-style on the internet. Unfortunately, the freedom to do every one of the things I listed above is rapidly disappearing. From watching what you download, to installing software without your, various companies and government agencies are monitoring your every move on the internet.
When most of the world’s internet users surf the internet, they experience what has become all too common in today’s digital world, spam. Unsolicited advertising (also known as spam) is taking over the internet. This spam comes in many forms. It ranges from junk e-mail to the less obvious hidden programs that install themselves on a computer.
Spam e-mail is a multi-million dollar industry. This is due to the fact that there are billions of e-mails sent daily to unsuspecting victims. If only one out of every thousand people answer these e-mails it still constitutes enormous revenue for the companies responsible. Some companies have tried to create so called spam-blockers. The problem with this approach is that spam is almost completely unidentifiable to a computer. The computer reads all e-mail as e-mail and therefore cannot successfully filter any one type of e-mail from another. (more…)