How to write an essay

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How to Write an Essay - Introduction The basis of most academic work is the ability to construct a good essay. Although this sounds obvious, it is a skill which most students need to develop as none of us is born with the natural ability to write an essay , never mind one which will both address a given topic effectively and adequately support an argument with evidence. It is possible to learn how to do this, however, and this guide sets out to define the major skills which need to be acquired in order to see the writing of an essay through from the moment you are given or select your topic to its conclusion. Clearly, the type of essay you are required to write will be determined to some extent by the particular field in which you are engaged but the general points of construction will hold good for all subjects. Understanding the Question : An essay is not a chance for you to display all your knowledge on a particular subject. Rather it is an opportunity for you to show that you can marshal facts and data in support of a coherent, logical and compelling case or argument. Relevance is crucial to writing a good history essay and for your argument to be relevant then it has to address specifically what it is that the question is asking. In every essay question there will be keywords, such as discuss, analyze, compare, contrast, identify and so on. You should treat these keywords like road signs, pointing you in the direction that you need to go. Writing your essay will seem so much easier once you have deciphered these keywords and thus have a clearer understanding of what it is that you are being asked to do. Let’s move on to some examples of these keywords and how best to go about answering them: If you are asked to explain
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2010 for the course HIS 109 taught by Professor Stephens during the Fall '10 term at KCTCS.

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