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Essay writing skills

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There are Essay writing skills An essay is a piece of writing about a particular topic. It consists of a group of connected paragraphs (generally more than three), which serves one of the following purposes, eg to: explore discuss describe analyse compare. Essays follow a set structure – they are continuous, connected pieces of writing, […]

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Paragraph structure

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A paragraph has a topic sentence and supporting sentences. Topic sentence This is the main idea in the paragraph. It tells the reader what the paragraph is going to be about. It is usually the first sentence. Supporting sentences The supporting sentences are the other sentences in the paragraph. These sentences either: expand on the […]

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The essay structure and paragraphs

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In English, an essay is a set of connected paragraphs that develop a linear argument, ie point 1 leads to point 2, to point 3 etc. It has a specific three part structure. All essays must have the following parts: an introduction – introduces the essay topic a body – contains the main essay content […]

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Redrafting & refining your work

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The following is an example of how to turn your draft into a final copy. Press the Edit button to start. To see an actual student essay on this essay topic, go to the Essay order section. Essay order In English, essays follow a linear structure, where point 1 leads to point 2, point 3 […]

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The preliminary plan & refining your plan

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Once you have brainstormed your topic, it is time to create a preliminary plan. Look at your brainstorm and arrange your ideas into general topics areas. This will form the basis of your plan. Now you have constructed your preliminary plan, you can now see where the ‘gaps’ are in your knowledge and where you […]

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Brainstorming the topic

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Brainstorming is the process of quickly writing down everything you know about a topic. It does not have to be in order and you can put in things that seem irrelevant. Brainstorming allows you to work out what you know about a topic and at the same time become aware of any gaps in your […]

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Understanding the assessment keywords

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It is important to understand what the essay is asking you to do. Look for the key verb or verbs in the sentence. Words like ‘Discuss’ are asking you to answer the essay in a particular way. Information words Relationship words Interpretation words Information words Information words ask you to explain what you know about […]

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Essay writing process and tips

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The 10 step writing process How do you write an essay? What steps do you need to take to produce a ‘finished’ piece of writing? There is a 10 steps writing process that you can follow, to help you produce a finished essay. Complete the activities below to learn the 10 steps for writing a […]