How To Start An Effective Essay – A Quick Guide For Students


As a student, you are taught to write an essay most usually as a part of your English or language syllabus, and this is where it should be taught, however, it is important to realize that essays are not only required for English class. In fact, you may be required to write papers for different subject areas like the sciences and business related topics and for this reason it is important to understand how to construct you essay to best suit your intentions. Here are 5 tips on how to start an effective essay:

  1. Pick a good topic
  2. The choice of topic can make the paper easy or hard depending on your choice so it important that you pay careful attention to your option and make a well informed decision. You want to chose a topic that has a good supply of information available and it is quite favorable if you could find one that you are very familiar with. This way when you start to write you won’t find yourself at the point where you no longer have any material to write on but you have not yet met your word quota.

  3. Research
  4. Now that you have chosen you topic, gather as much information as you can on the topic and record them, without starting the actual paper. Be extensive, collect every piece of information that you think is remotely related to the topic of choice.

  5. Sort the data
  6. After you have collected all your data, carefully sort through the list and select the most relevant, impacting and significant points to include in your paper. It is also useful to list them in order of importance.

  7. Choose a format style
  8. There are many accepted styles for papers and your choice can depend on your personal tastes or on the instructions of your instructor. It is easy to locate many different format types, simply search online using any search engine and select one that best suits your needs.

  9. Carefully construct an introduction
  10. The introduction of an essay often sets the tone for the rest of the paper and it is crucial that you construct it in such a manner that it catches the interest of the reader leaving them no choice but to read on. A good way of doing this is by starting your paper with a bold or controversial statement, for example “The introduction of an essay is unimportant and should be excluded”

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