How to structure academic essays

Essay Quality is Very Important

A lot of college undergraduates and high school students mistakenly think that the key to good writing grades is having some innate writing skill. In general, most people assume that writing ability is a mysterious, inborn ability that people either possess or do not possess, and that there is no technical aspect to writing that can make up for a skill deficit. This is completely untrue. No matter how talented a writer might naturally be, he or she absolutely must learn the technical basics if they are to be a success. Furthermore, if you are not a naturally adept writer, there is still hope for you. All you have to do is master the basic rules and guidelines of writing and you can create fantastic papers just like any ‘natural’ talent.

Structure is One of the Keys to Quality Writing

If you are not a naturally talented, effortless writer, one of the skills you ought to master first is the ability to plan out and structure an essay properly. Even if you can not write particularly well at the sentence level, you can still create great papers and essays if you know how to write at the paragraph, chapter, or paper level. How do you do that? By planning out and structuring your essay properly. If you have a good outline and follow it perfectly, it will not matter if every single one of your sentences is short and rudimentary.

Clarity of thought is the key to writing a good paper, after all. If your teacher can follow your ideas and see how they fit together and progress logically, then your essay is a success. If your paper demonstrates the proper format and flows according to the required structure, you will earn high grades on your writing assignments.

What is the Proper Structure for an Academic Essay?

Every essay, no matter its length, must begin with an introductory section. This section may be a paragraph long, or several pages, or perhaps even a whole chapter. The introduction should orient the reader to your topic and lay down some fundamental facts and terminology. From there, the introduction should move into either the hypotheses and predictions (if it is a research paper), or the central thesis of the essay (if it is a persuasive essay). Several body paragraphs should present new information and arguments in support of the thesis or the hypothesis. After a strong case has been made in the proper length, a concluding section should summarize.

 
 
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