Opening Class takes students through the traditional way that students are introduced to essay writing. As you become more confident with your writing, you can become more creative within the style and with your own essay structure.
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Once you have an essay question, even if you are completely unsure as to how to structure an essay, your first job is to come up with two things before you can begin to write.
Firstly, you will have to come up with an answer to the question you have been asked.
Once you have your answer, you will then need to come up with three arguments that will help you to support your answer to the question. Before you begin, you should aim to have at least two ideas – you can always think of the third later on, once you have started writing.
Once you have done these two things, you will be able to put together an essay following the traditional structure.
When you are ready, take a look at the documents below to learn about the traditional way of structuring an essay.
- Essay Planning Sheet – Here is a planning sheet for you to use in order to organise the structure of your essay.
- Essay Planning Sheet – Example – An example of the planning sheet in use to give you an idea as to how you might fill it in.
- Writing an Introduction – Instructions for and examples of writing an introduction.
- Essay Writing Style – Five tips to keep in mind while writing your essay.
Another excellent resource is Brett Lamb’s video on essay writing:
Other essay pages on Opening Class: