Have you ever started writing an essay then realized you have run out of ideas to talk about?This can make you feel deflated and you start to hate your essay!Plagiarism is something which you must avoid at all costs as it is a serious problem and, even if done accidentally, if it’s detected your school, college or university will take a very dim view of it.
After you have completed your research you need to plan the structure of your essay.
Although this varies (to some extent) according to the essay you are required to write, most academic essays conform to the following basic structure: The introduction must be brief, without quotations, and will include your thesis statement, i.e.
Remember that all referencing, in your in-text quotes and your reference list and/or bibliography, must be in the referencing style required by your school, college or university.
These are very different but employ two basic styles: You need to find out precisely which style is adopted by your academic institution and adhere to it strictly as the structure and formatting of the reference differs from type to type.
Your library should have a copy of the style guide available for you to consult.
It is very important to stick to this as varying from it will lose you marks.
The best way to avoid this mid-essay disaster is to plan ahead: you need to write an Essay Plan!
Essay planning is one of the most important skills I teach my students.
When I have one-to-one tutorials with my students, I always send them off with an essay plan and clear goals about what to write. In fact, it really does only take a short amount of time and can make you feel I’ve been using this 7-Step essay planning strategy since I was in my undergraduate degree.
Now, I’ve completed a Ph D and written over 20 academic journal articles and dozens of blog posts using this method – and it still works!