Whatever type of academic writing you are pursuing, it is imperative that you have a clear argument. You must make order of the raw ideas which you have about the world. You have to make sure you communicate what you see, hear, and feel in a conventional, logical, and academic fashion. A great essay will:
Start with your idea, your purpose, or your motive. Every essay should have a motive or purpose behind it other than the assignment task and due date. You want to demonstrate to the reader and to your teacher that you have mastered the material, that you have an original idea which you arrived at upon completing comprehensive research. If you just write for the sake of writing or getting an A, you are not going to learn what you should and frankly, without taking the opportunity to learn from your essay writing, you are doing yourself a disservice.
Your research for the paper may vary based on your field or the course and it might include reading a lot of academic tests, observing behavior, or performing experiments. By truly immersing your mind into the material required for your essay, you will start to see different patterns and you will start to generate potential ideas. From these ideas you will find one which proves most promising and most significant. This is what you will want to use as your thesis. Of course, it is important that you avoid writing on something which is already widely accepted as truth, or something that is trivial. Search, instead, for something that is of importance to the reader and is original.
The main purpose of your paper, or the key idea you want to get across to the reader is known as the thesis. This should be supported be evidence you come across during your research. It might behoove you to have your teacher approve the topic or thesis you have selected before you start writing, just to ensure it is approved and will earn you the A you want.
Once you have completed a preliminary draft, it is important that you begin to review your thinking and your arguments. Test them against the evidence you have included and see if you might need to modify your thesis or change the direction of your argument. If the evidence does not support your argument, the easiest and most successful thing for you to do is to change the argument ever so slightly. Do not fall into the trap of just forcing the evidence to bend and work in your favor if it does not. This is a bad strategy that teachers will notice straight away.
Go back to the start of your essay and ensure there is clear focus throughout. Make sure that your focus is sharpened as needed and that the audience is given the information it requires to follow your exact train of thought. Do not leave it up to the audience to guess. If you do not give them the context or information they need along the way they will lose sight of your argument and thesis and will stop reading your paper. If you see that your beginning, or any part of the remainder of the essay, is not as strong as it could be, then take some time to sharpen it. Make sure that throughout the course of your writing you establish your authority and retain it as the author. Make sure too that the readers are engaged throughout.
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