USEFUL GUIDELINES FOR WRITING AN ESSAY

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USEFUL GUIDELINES FOR WRITING AN ESSAY

Is it quite funny to guide for essay writing???

We are all habituated with essay from our teenage academic year. We need to write an introductory paragraph on our selected topic, its description and then conclusion. It is as simple as water. But I am here not talking about writing simple essays. We often heard about analytical essay, argumentative essay, narrative essay, persuasive essay as our knowledge gets outreached. So what are these??? Have we needed to follow same writing pattern for these all essay types? Are the writing styles same? How could we differentiate each of them from another and so many questions…?  Let’s guide you to write such types of essay.

First of all, let me answer all these questions. It is a big ‘NO’. But wait!!! There is no such universal parameter to differentiate all these essay types from each other. Then how could we proceed with these styles??? Just follow a simple formula.

Similar structure but Different writing style

Yes, your entire essay must have similar structure like introduction, body, and conclusion but writing style of each essay will be different. It can possible only by making changes in three layer structure. Just think it as a sandwich. It is funny to hear but interesting!!! The top slice and lower slice of a sandwich remain same while all changes are done in its centre. Different toppings in centre give different taste to a sandwich.

Similarly, an essay is like so. Top and lower slice may be same but variation will be noticed in its central writing style. It may be argumentative or narrative that suits your customers/instructors. Following are the guidelines to understand the difference of these types of essays.

Analytical Essay

  • Stick on your analysis
  • Tell readers about your main point of discussion
  • Show evidence from text to support your discussion
  • Reflect your personal opinion

Argumentative Essay

  • Make good research
  • Form two or three thesis statements
  • Give pros and cons of each statement
  • Emphasise on your argument
  • Writing will be research based

Narrative Essay

  • Use first person
  • Write your essay like story writing
  • Writing will be communicative
  • Use general words in writing

Persuasive Essay

  • Stick on your point of view
  • Draw reader’s interest
  • Always write from your reader’s point of view
  • Draw strong conclusion

So, now you will get understand what the basic difference among each of these types is. Yes, obviously it is interrelated with your report writing, research paper making. Keep in mind, your report contains statistics, analysis but essay requires your viewpoint. Your report will represent your institution or your associated case study but essay is your own voice. Your point of analysis will represent your reader’s outlook towards the topic. So move on to represent your readers/audience in your writing.


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CONFUSED BETWEEN ‘THESIS STATEMENT’ AND ‘RESEARCH QUESTION’???

 

We all are quite familiar with the word ‘thesis statement’ in our class lectures. Our lecturer always asks for clear thesis statement as because it contains the central idea of our topic. In case of essay or report, thesis statement states about the central idea of the topic. Apart from the definition, have you ever asked yourself why are we looking for a relevant thesis statement in our introductory paragraph??!!  Answer may be ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ but as per my opinion, thesis statement is the key parameter to understand and judge the relevance of the subject.

How???

Whenever you are going to write your thesis statement, a rational notion always projected through your writing. Just go back to your paper and look carefully!! your last paragraph of essay or report is bit argumentative. Is not it??? It means you need to inform your readers about the significance of your subject. The main debate of your subject projects in your thesis statement. That’s why our lecturer or professor always ask us to write down it at the end of the introductory paragraph that readers can get understand about its central idea and critical point of analysis.

Don’t get confused between thesis statement and research question? Let me explain you these both clearly. Look, thesis statement is your opinion; your analysis, explanation while a research question is always open-ended. It seeks for investigation, market research. Whenever you are going to form your thesis statement, you have investigated its past; your analysis was made on your existing literature. On the other side, research question is formed based on the issue for which you need to investigate or conduct your research.

For example, ‘Decreasing Index of Consumer Sentiment (ICS) after Global Crisis period’ is the current market issue. If you have asked to prepare thesis statement on this topic, your analysis will be argumentative. Your argument will support by various scholarly articles, your investigations, debates and always your personal outlook. On the other hand, your research question will form to understand the reason between decreasing ICS and global crisis period. Research question will always develop to answer the question ‘WHY’. In simple, research question is previous method to investigate the issue while thesis statement is the result to support your argument.

Below we are providing some guidelines that you should follow while writing your thesis statement-

  • Don’t write down your statement in beginning of introduction
  • Avoid long sentences and conjunctions
  • Be specific and clear
  • Avoid academic fillers in your thesis statement i.e. ‘in my point of view’, ‘as per analysing the entire essay’…
  • Make your statement a bit argumentative
  • Project your personal opinion through your statement

Keep in mind, a well-written thesis statement is the replica of your critical reflection, analytical viewpoint, intelligence to the readers. So make your thesis statement insightful to create distinctive impression on your readers.


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