Essay structure means that there is a format or template for types of writing. It is a way of outlining what you will say in your assessment that keeps your writing on track and helps you organise your thoughts. It can otherwise be known as an Essay Plan.
Writing an essay plan is very useful as a lot of the hard work when it comes to assessment writing is nutting out what to say. Once you have a plan for each paragraph the actual writing can seem a lot less daunting.
Essays have three main components.
Section 1. Introduction
Section 2. Body
The body of your paragraph is where you will provide information and evidence to support your main argument. This may include your arguments, critiques, analysis, reflections.
Note: If you are introducing a new idea - start a new paragraph.
Section 3. Conclusion
The conclusion ties together the essay, it provides a summary of what has been presented.
Note: Do NOT include any new material here.
Use the 'Essay planning template' below to get started.
Writing the Essay
Now that you have your essay plan it is important to pay attention to your writing skills. There are often a few mistakes students make when it comes to writing that you need to be aware of.
Paraphrasing is where you change the structure and words of somebody else's work but maintain the original 'meaning'.
How to Paraphrase
A quote provides evidence to support your argument using another author's authoritative voice.
How to Quote
Types of Essays
The Argumentative Essay
This essay is investigative, the author will present both sides of an issue/topic and argue for one that is correct. Evidence and research are provided to convince the reader and establish one viewpoint and support the author's claim.
Critical Reflection Essay
The critical reflection essay requires the author to challenge their ideas, question their knowledge and beliefs about a topic, and identify bias.