How Should I Structure My Essay?

Hello there. Are you having troubles with your essay? Research paper? Dissertation? Don’t worry – these problems can be solved quite easily. For starters, we will tell you how to structure your essay.

Naturally, you have to define what kind of essay you are writing. There are four main types of them: narrative, persuasive, expository and descriptive. Quite logically, narrative ones mean telling a story, persuasive – supporting a certain opinion, expository – giving facts and descriptive – painting a picture.

There are also comparative, for and against, solution to the problem essays, which are sometimes classified as standalone ones.

Naturally, there is no single structure for all of them. The only common thing here is that they will have three main parts – introduction, main body and conclusion – just like any other small or medium paper.

The first thing to do is to define whether your paper needs a thesis. All persuasive essays will definitely need one while expository essays might do without it and descriptive ones most often don’t need it.

If there is a thesis, pit it at the end of your introduction leaving space to hook your reader’s attention – you will insert a quotation or a joke later.

Your main body shall be divided into paragraphs that will introduce different points. The points, though, will vary depending on the paper type. For instance, in an argumentative essay, they will represent the pieces of evidence you’ve discovered to support your thesis. In case of an essay describing a person, the first paragraph will tell how you know this person, the second will deal with his or her appearance, and the third is meant for personal qualities.

When telling about an event, you will move from its location, to its exteriors and then interiors.

When writing a for-and-against essay, you can assign each paragraph to a certain ‘for’ and a related ‘against’.

How you arrange your ideas depends on the flow of your thought. To prevent any grave mistakes, always make an outline containing all major points you are planning to make. Once you see it on paper, it will be easier to detect any obscure aspects and fix them. Remember, your outline must be perfectly logical, or you might write pages in vain.

The conclusion part is where you summarize the points. You don’t have just to repeat them, but rather restate in view of the evidence provided. Of course, here were talking about persuasive papers. If you are writing a descriptive one, the last paragraph is usually designed for personal attitudes. Tell, what kind of influence a certain person had on you, what feelings are associated with a certain building you’ve been telling about. In the solution-to-the-problem essay, try to forecast what results your proposal will bring in the future.

After you finished, put your paper aside for a couple of days and then go back to it. You will see how many things there are to fix.

Never forget about the bibliography page. Not giving credits to someone else’s work is a grave offence and a great risk for your educational career.

This is it. Remember – structure your paper based on the topic and material you want to provide. If a certain pattern does not fit, do not force it in. It is OK to change the details if you follow general guidelines.

We hope we were helpful for you. Follow our blog to learn how to structure History essay thesis and to learn more about comparative essays.