Essay Writing

Smashing Essay Writing Guidelines

Do you expect some more of all regular tips on essay writing? You will be surprised, but this is not a “one more introduction body-conclusion” nuisance. Here we shall give really one of a kind clues on how to write exceptionally good essays. 

Everyone says that you have to follow that wicked essay structure. If it is really outlined for you by your teacher or supervisor, then you should do it. However, if no strict instructions are given, you can allow yourself some liberties. Especially if you are willing to make an impression with your essay, as ordinarity is a tragedy indeed.

Here is our exclusive list of major essay writing stereotypes dispelled:

  1. One has to begin their essay with a solid introduction of their topic. — Of course you can do that, but why go the boring way? Instead, you can ask a provocative question, tell a short interesting story or describe your emotions. This is a far better way to engage a reader than mundanely stating your topic.
  2. Every argument has to be supported with evidence. — What if you deal with personal experiences or opinions? You can drop the idea of evidence in such a case, but don't forget to mention that it is only your personal viewpoint.
  3. One has to go for topics which have a lot of research materials available. — Thousands of students do that, and what do they end up with? All the same ideas and typical conclusions. On the other hand, choosing unusual and less researched subjects will make a difference for you. You will have one more reason to be proud of yourself and know that an easy way is not always the right way to well-rounded education.
  4. Essay conclusion needs to restate the arguments listed in the body part. — A dull essay definitely needs to; do you want your essay to be a dull one? Probably, the best thing in modern literature is that we are not restricted in our writings to a certain frame. Instead, you can put forward an idea based on your discussion, but not necessarily following from it. Besides that, you can  leave an open ending or trigger your reader's mind with a question in the end of your piece.

Now that you are aware of all the abovementioned secrets to successful essay writing, let's review the most frequent essay types in academia.

Admission Essay

You will need to write this essay in order to enter your college or university of choice. There are numerous guidelines on how to write these essays the right way, but the most valuable advice will be to be oneself and follow the instructions your particular institution provides. Spellchecking and grammar revising are also mandatory.

Argumentative Essay

The essential requirement that will lead you to completing this essay successfully is your personal interest in the topic. You will not be able to argue for a standpoint, unless you write from your heart. In an argumentative essay you will need to clearly state your point and then throughout the piece repulse any counter-arguments which your reader may have. You have to line up your essay the way that every argument and defeated counter-arguments scream your point of view.

Here are some argumentative essay topics for your consideration:

  1. Capital punishment has to be used for terrorists.
  2. Mankind has not influenced the climate change.
  3. Testing medications on animals has to be forbidden.
  4. Good looks matter in receiving a job.

Cause-and-Effect Essay

This type of writing is concerned with presenting results of an action, event, or phenomenon, and finding the primary causes which made that action, etc. happen. Some causes may be out there on the surface, but it is recommended to choose topics with latent sources.

Classification Essay

It is written with a view to organise some notions, things, or knowledge into a system. The introduction paragraph of this essay has to state the ground principle of the classification. The topic you choose has not to be a predictable one; for example, you can classify movies, books, or even people just the way you see it, but do not forget to have a good basic tenet.

Comparison Essay

Comparison essay has to perform an honest analysis of one object in relation to the other object. The great aspect of a comparison essay is that you do not need to take a stand, you can justly present both topics and outline their advantages and disadvantages.

Sample comparison essay topics:

  1. Education systems in the UK and the USA.
  2. Difference between treating a woman in Asia and Europe.
  3. Attitude towards nuclear weapon in different countries.
  4. Anthropological differences of three races.

Critical Analysis Essay

If you are studying English, the English literature, or literature of any kind, then one day or another you will face this task. It is not a simple report, as it requires not only your acquaintance with the work you will be analysing, but also some general knowledge on the principles of analysis. Most often this assignment is given to literature students, but you should take into account that any type of art can and should be analysed. Therefore, the proposed topics list will include:

  1. The place of Shakespeare's works in the English literature.
  2. Influence of television series on modern mentality.
  3. Milan Kundera and postmodernist literature.
  4. The concepts behind the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky.

Descriptive Essay

Almost any subject, phenomenon, or person can be described without employing any analytical approaches. However, it is advised that you use various metaphors and comparisons, while describing, to present a vivid picture to your reader. That is the characteristic of talented writing: to be able to describe graphically without introducing one's own opinions.

Definition Essay

Of course, a definition of any word can be found in a dictionary and, of any notion, in an encyclopedia. However, full and juicy definition can only be found in a definition essay. There are several approaches to writing this piece. You can describe the structure of your subject, the way it functions, define what it is in comparison to other related subjects, or say what it is not.

Evaluative Essay

Evaluative essay is used as a tool to assess students’ capability to understand the importance of the subject in question and see whether it possesses any merits or not. In a scientific essay, you may use related researches or statistics to evaluate, while in literature, a literature work has to be evaluated with regard to its genre, objective, and integrity with other works of the same author

Expository Essay

No personal opinions, guesses, or predictions can be included in this essay. It is quite similar to the descriptive essay, but much more detailed. In this assignment, you will need to present facts, evidence, and objective information on a certain issue. The person reading your piece will have to come up with their own conclusions, as the writer can only analyse the evidence, but not present the overall review of a subject.

Narrative Essay

It usually comes in the form of a story. It can tell about personal experience, provide a report, or be a fiction tale. A narrative essay has to incorporate descriptions and illustrations to appeal to the readers' feelings and perceptions.

Some prompts for your narrative essay:

  1. Your failure or achievement.
  2. An interesting event you attended.
  3. The challenges in your life and how you deal with them.
  4. Your life philosophy.
  5. Any fictitious story you can make up.