Weekly Q: What makes a good essay you ask?

As students most of us think essays will be the death of us, but come on guys we can make them fun!

Okay, maybe not fun, but definitely achievable!

During high school I learnt an essay writing structure called TEXAS, which we followed for each paragraph we wrote. Topic sentence, Explanation, eXample, Analysis and Summarise. Since moving on to uni things have changed, especially in difficulty. As first year students we have many more essays to create, we may as well embrace them, enjoy them and get A+’s right?


So I am going to share with you ten steps I have learnt on how to produce a fab essay!

1. De-constructing the question: Before you start ANYTHING make sure you understand the question! Break it down into parts until you understand what you need in order to answer it. 2.

2. Research: Immerse yourself in the topic; use the Internet, books, and people to become a master on your topic.

3. Analyse and plan: Put your research together, gather arguments you can use, brainstorm all of your ideas and analyse them.

4. Outline: Once you have brainstormed decide on one idea for your essay and stick to it! Then you plan your paragraphs. Make sure you have decided on each paragraph topic, and use bullet points to describe each paragraph so you know what you are going to write about.

5. Introduction: Finally it is time to write. Introduce the topic, explain what you are going to write about and grab the reader’s attention.

6. Body paragraphs: A different topic should be focused on in each paragraph. Begin with a topic sentence, provide evidence and analyse, finish with a summary. An important thing that tutors always remind me of is ALWAYS REFERENCE! What ever you are explaining you have to reference where you received the information. So if you say “the sky is blue,” you have to say where you found out the sky is blue.

7. Conclusion: Exit your essay by wrapping it up. Don’t bring in new ideas, simply summarise and leave the reader with something to think about, you could use a rhetorical question or quote.

8. References: Make sure you correctly cite borrowed information, referencing is important! Check out this guide for APA from AUT.

9. PROOF READ: You do not want to be let down for spelling mistakes, badly constructed sentences, or punctuation in the wrong place. So proofread over and over again.

10. Start when you get the assignment: Finally, don’t leave an essay to the last minute, it takes time to read through it and correct mistakes, your draft should look completely different to your final copy.


So don’t stress, just remember…



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