You want to know how to make an English essay but you don’t know where to start because you’ve never done it or you’ve always plagiarized here and there and now you can’t do it anymore because you were forbidden to use the telephone. Don’t worry: if you know how to write well – that is, without spelling and syntax (as well as punctuation) – writing a essay will not prove to be very difficult because, once the ideas are sorted, you can do a perfect English essay or almost and therefore obtaining an appreciable vote whether you have been called to write a essay in class or whether you are called to make a essay for the matriculation exam. In this special you will find a detailed guide on how to make an English essay without fail.
To write a essay of English as it should be, you have to think of three main things: to read the track well and understand what it is asking of you, to immediately make a set that allows you to put the ideas in order and ultimately develop them until the end, which obviously must be consistent with the content you have proposed; if for the whole essay you have shown yourself in favor of a certain subject, in fact it is normal that the conclusion can only be on the same wavelength.
Another important point to write a essay well is the correction of the bad copy and that is why we advise you not to get lost in chatter and to give you precise times. The bad copy should not be transcribed (unless it is unreadable) as read and reread and therefore correct: you must identify not only the most trivial errors (example: it is a verb without an accent) but also the less visible ones (example: i instead of or use of auxiliary verbs with servile etc).
With the following summary you will be able to orient yourself better in this article and find out how to make an English essay without making mistakes starting from reading the track and ending up with the review of the ugly.
Check the type of essay to be written
Understanding the type of essay is not difficult because obviously you can understand what you need to do from the track. Depending on the essay, obviously you will have to change your writing and the content to be proposed. Let’s look at the main types of essay you might find yourself writing:
Personal essay: you can ask to introduce you or tell you about your typical day, talk about how you spent your holidays and much more. In short, you can ask for everything and obviously you will have to express yourself in a simpler way than you would use in an argumentative or historical essay: simple but not incorrect, in short, suitable for the public who will have to read you and its expectations. If you go to the newsstand and buy Ciccio’s diary (fancy title) you won’t expect me to write like Aldo Busi, do you?
Descriptive essay: in this case you will be asked to describe (obviously not in a generic way) a person, a place (that maybe you care about), a sport and so on. There are many points of contact between the essay and the relationship even if the difference lies in the fact that the relationship is extremely objective and leaves no space for the personal sphere.
Argumentative or expository essay: it is the classic essay in which you will have to highlight two theses (the thesis and the antithesis) and bring out in the course of development or from which side you are or the salient points of both theses. Obviously the conclusion will have to be consistent with your thinking. Never be afraid to expose yourself.
Historical essay: it is perhaps among the most complicated because it requires important historical knowledge. One might ask for example the history of fascism or the main events of the Cold War or the difference between Greek and Roman culture: to talk about history you must have studied; therefore if you know that you will have a task of history repeat well (even the dates) and try to have very clear the main moments of what you have studied.
Read the track and don’t go off topic
Now let’s see how to make an English essay and read the track well. One of the most critical points is precisely this because we often turn around the subject without ever getting to the point and this allows us to easily get out of track; very serious mistake, the latter, since it jeopardizes the whole task: unless you have written flawlessly it would be very difficult to give the sufficiency to a topic that has not respected the requests of the track. Let’s take an example:
Summer is not only the season of the sea and unbearable heat: it is also the time for new encounters and horizons, for shared experience and growth. Argue this statement, based also on the summer you spent.
The track is not very simple and should be read carefully: here you are asked not to talk about your summer free-wheeling as if there were no tomorrow, but to tell moments of your summer that will allow you to argue the statement made. In other words, what moments of your summer have been synonymous with growth, encounter and new experiences? Only on the basis of this question will you have to move and it will be useless to lose a essay column to explain that you have been in Florence and that the city was beautiful during the day and even more beautiful in the evening (unless you want to mean a visit to a city like discovery of English culture and encounter with unexplored worlds).
First thing to do then to write a essay well? Let’s repeat it: read the track and understand its meaning. It seems obvious but you can be wrong easily, especially if you ask something strange and try to do everything possible not to talk about it because you don’t know what to say.
Search for keywords
Second thing to do: brainstorming. This is the phase of pure creativity: think of everything that comes into your head about the subject – give yourself ten minutes of time – and write the keywords on a sheet. In a second moment from these keywords try to draw a lineup: in short, you must first set the basic concepts and things that come to mind and then order them in relation to the track. Let’s continue with the summer essay.
We have the case that in the summer you have been camping and you have met new people and we also put the case that knowing these people allowed you to compare and change your mind about certain opinions, well, the key words will certainly be several: camping, new people, discussions (maybe a particular and enlightening one), change, discovery etc. They can be either very generic keywords (eg discovery) or more closed keywords (mid-August discussion with Mattia): they are your keywords and it is on the basis of these that you will have to build your lineup.
Now let’s look at a possible lineup of the essay based on the keywords (phase, the latter of the keywords, which you can also skip if you have more or less in mind what to write).
How to make a ladder for the English essay: step by step guide
Introduction that takes up the essay of summer as a discovery, encounter and experience (to which you can also dedicate a column, perhaps anticipating what you did on vacation or what you will say later);
Camping: where and with whom? Why?
- In what sense is camping a moment of encounter and exchange? What is the relevance to the track? Try to always refer to what you are asked even in a few words;
- Camping discussions and evenings spent: what happened exactly and why what happened is synonymous with discovery and change?
- Return to the introduction a little: fantasize a little about the concept of new experiences and encounters – be a bit poetic, in short! – and start the conclusion.
Conclude with a brief reference to the campsite and explain, ultimately, why your summer has been synonymous with discovery and change, while also trying to speak in general.
In short, writing a good English essay means putting ideas together and ordering them so that your reader understands what you want to say and where you want to go: this is generally called logical coherence of thought and is a fundamental aspect of your work; you will be the citizens of tomorrow and a citizen who does not know how to put his ideas in order, how can he expect to vote for the socio-cultural destiny of his country? Ok, enough serious talk and let’s continue with the summer essay with a necessary clarification.
Avoid the most frequent mistakes right away
As we have pointed out right from the start, to make a good essay we need to put order into ideas but also to avoid mistakes. This is only possible if you are familiar with English and have read a lot. The errors can be numerous and varied and it is for this reason that it is impossible for us to give you advice on all the types in which you might encounter; We will therefore advise you to read this section to avoid gross errors that could cost you half a point or a point: there are brief explanations about the error accompanied by links to the exercises to be performed.
How to write the introduction of an English essay?
Fourth thing: you make a good essay of English if you think of a good introduction. On this you will certainly lose some time because you know that it is difficult to start: maybe you didn’t want to write that but you wanted to write something else and then erase it, then rip back and then maybe you’ll convince yourself. What we recommend is to write immediately and not just think: you risk losing too much time and not being able to finish the task, and this is not good.
However, consider that the introduction is your business card and therefore you will have to think about it carefully. If you really can’t think of anything you can also take the essay track and embellish it a bit. Let’s review the track:
- Summer is not only the season of the sea and unbearable heat: it is also the time for new encounters and horizons, for shared experience and growth. Argue this statement, based also on the summer you spent.
And we see some possible solutions traced on it:
- What can we say about summer except that it is the most beautiful season to discover the world around us and also ourselves as we are free from school and from our daily commitments?
- Summer is undoubtedly one of the best seasons to make new acquaintances, discover new places, in short, open up to the world and get to know ourselves better.
- It is customary to think of summer as the season of the sea and fun; for me, instead, summer is the season of discovery and knowledge: a few months to leave a little of everything behind and look for new stimuli and many answers.
Development of the essay based on the lineup and in a coherent way
Fifth thing: the development of the essay. This is quite simple because you will have a ladder and based on those points you can easily reach the conclusion. But be careful not to fix too much: if you haven’t indicated something in the lineup that you now want to write, write it down; in fact it could be something very gimmicky for the essay and make you earn a few more points.