How do I write a good essay?
A step-by-step guide.
Whether at school or during your studies, you will have to write essays and essays over and over again during your school days and practice . Here are the most important tips and tricks to make writing an essay or essays easier!
Preparing for an essay
"The power of moral influence is greater than any power..." (N.V. Gogol)
Good preparation includes:
Read the assignment carefully: what type of essay do you need to write? There are different forms that differ in content, structure, and style. The most common types of essays for high school students:
Table of Contents
Younger students are usually given different essay assignments to which other criteria also apply. It is more about basic text comprehension , imagination, and linguistic processing of one's own experience. Her essays are basically:
Free stories or
Reports of experience.
If you adapt to the right type of essay from the beginning , you will save a lot of time and effort in writing and final revision !
Carefully read the text on which you are asked to write your essay several times. As you read, pay special attention to important passages, vocabulary and key words, language patterns such as stylistic devices, and their impact on the reader. Are there any other language features ? This includes, for example, repetitive patterns in sentence structure or how simple or complex the language used is.
Infobox: What are stylistic devices?
There are various rhetorical stylistic devices that are used in texts to achieve a certain effect. A well-known stylistic device is the rhetorical question. It is a question to which no real answer is expected because it is obvious. Its real purpose is to engage the reader in a train of thought or to induce him or her to think, for example: "Who wants to lose their job?" Other frequently used stylistic techniques are metaphors. These visually voiced statements are intended to clarify or reinforce what is being said with images. Example: "She was looking for a needle in a haystack" means that the person is trying to accomplish an almost hopeless task.
Mark everything in the text that seems important to you: underline important sentences or mark key words and stylistic devices in different colors with a marker. Also, make notes about everything you notice. You can use these notes later when you write.
Structure your notes in an intelligence box.
Infobox: What is an mind map?
A mind map is a tool you can use to sort and structure your thoughts. Creating it is very simple: write an essay topic in the middle of a piece of paper (example: "Characteristics of figure XY") and use keywords (for example: "appearance", "social situation", "behavior" ) Lines around the subject. Now sort all of the important information you gathered while reading the text into individual key terms. This way you will structure your information, thoughts, and arguments in advance and thus be able to more easily write them down on paper in essay form.
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