Essay. Main requirements

In school  or university practice, a very popular work is Essay

Essay(from French essai – attempt, test, essay) – a prose statement of a small volume and a free composition(not always ) expressing individual impressions and considerations on a particular occasion or question and deliberately does not pretend to be an exhaustive answer.

Student or pupil should remember that  when choosing a topic for essay, he or she  can be allowed to be subjective, to focus on a partial, and not on the main, to express controversial considerations, giving a minimum of evidence, but, on the other hand, this can be dangerous. It may be easy, if student want. But it’s not a fact that the result  will be original and interesting.

Before choosing an essay topic, think and make sure you have what to say.

The style of the essay may be different: – aphorism; – figurative; – paradoxical.

Essay is characterized by the use of numerous means of artistic expression: – characters; – metaphors; – comparison; – allegorical and parable images.

To transfer personal perception the author should: – use all kinds of associations; – draw parallels; – get analogies.

Essay will be interesting if it will have: – unpredictable (paradoxical) conclusions; – unexpected turns; – interesting linking.

The language structure of the essay is a dynamic alternation of polemical expressions, questions, problems, the colloquial intonation and vocabulary.

There are many ways to write a successful essay. Here are some of them.

  • Effective beginning – Introduction, a very important element of the work.. To start an essay, there are several approaches.
  1. Standard (most common). It is necessary to answer six questions: who, what, when, where, why and how. Answers to these questions will allow the reader to understand what to expect.
  2. Unexpected – it can be anything but a reader should be surprised or shocked.
  3. Effective – the image of the process itself, and the causes and consequences will flow further. This approach is convenient for short essays.
  4. Authoritarian – offers information in an orderly manner to create an impression of the author’s confidence only in himself.
  5. Informative – the reader immediately receives information about what will be further in the essay.
  6. Quotes – a well-chosen quotation immediately attracts the attention of the reader (it is not recommended to use the proverb and the cliché – it’s trite).
  7. Dialogue – on the one hand, such a start stimulates the reader as a participant in the dialogue, on the other hand, it can be just a flow of thoughts with rhetorical questions.

So, may the force be with you! And good luck in writing your school or university essays!