Structure and Planning
Academic essays usually follow an established organisational structure that helps the writer to express their ideas in a clear way and the reader to follow the thread of their argument. Essay structure is guided by its content and argument so every essay will pose unique structural challenges. Having a clearer understanding of the most effective ways to structure your writing can help you to plan and organise the content of your essays and make sure you get your ideas across.
Organising your ideas and thoughts into a plan in advance can help you to develop a coherent argument and allow you to focus attention more fully on the writing process itself when you put your plan into action. Try following these steps to develop an effective essay structure:
Try the 301 Essay Planning and Structure Prezi to find out more.
1. Understand the Question
2. Brainstorm for Ideas
3. Make a Plan
Draft an Outline
P1 - Introduction: Address the question, show why it's interesting and how the essay will answer it. Develop an overall mission statement (see the Structure and Planning session for more info).
P6 - Conclusion: Summarise your arguments and evidence, and show how they answer the original question.
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