3.1.1 Introduction In your introduction, say: • what the essay is about; e.g., “In this essay I shall consider the question of ….” • what material you intend to cover; e.g., “I will look at ….” • what argument you intend to follow; e.g., “I will suggest that ….” Finally, make it clear where your introduction ends and the rest of your essay begins; i.e., start a new paragraph!
3.1.2 Body of the Essay A well-structured essay should consist of a series of paragraphs that progress logically through the series of points that you intend to cover.
The whole process is very much an iterative one and you should expect to be writing more than one draft.
As you are required to process your work electronically, editing and re-drafting is a relatively easy task.
2 Preparation 2.1 Time Management Allow yourself enough time.
If you work continuously on your essay right up to the deadline, there is a very high likelihood that you won’t have done yourself (or the topic) justice. Aim to have what you subjectively feel is a “final” draft at least two days before the submission deadline.Use the remaining days to review your work at well-spaced intervals.This will help you look more objectively at your own work. Don’t just start writing, and hope that it will work out first time: many people find that their ideas and arguments develop during the process of planning and/or writing.Make sure that you before you start reading for the essay.While you are reading, bear in mind what sort of material you are looking for in order to address the assigned topic.Remember that relevance does not only apply to the material you use, but also the way that you use it.Summarizing each relevant research area for an essay does not constitute an answer: you have to orient the material you use towards the assigned topic.If, on the other hand, you are new at the game or don’t seem to be getting the marks you feel your efforts deserve, then we encourage you to follow the advice in Section 2 on preparation and research.The same applies to Section 3 on structure and Section 4 on style, but the contents of these sections can also serve as a basis for self-assessment—even for the experienced—before that final draft is submitted. You should pay special attention to Section 4.3 on stylistic conventions, as there is little scope for flexibility on these matters within a particular academic discipline.Part of what you need to learn consists of relationships among ideas.It is also a good policy to check your final draft with this in mind. Structure and Content 3.1 Structure An important skill of essay writing is learning how to structure what you want to say.