How to Write Good Essay?

07 October 2009

A couple of tips to write a composition mainly for those who are currently in secondary school.

What you write must be eye-catching and compelling in order for your readers to absorb everything you want to deliver to them immediately. In secondary schools, our English examination on Continious Writing provides 5 topics to write on, which some have no format. As usual, just pick the one without a format, as these topics are normally one word topics, or sometihng very general where you can write anything related to that topic. It is a question where your answer cannot be wrong, because it is how you think of it!

Grammar and spelling are the two most important things in an essay. These two are the main things you should focus on first before you come looking on how to write something that catches the eye.

Simple Tips
1. Wide and correct usage of vocabulary.
If you are basically good at English already, improving vocabulary helps in showing off your skills and understanding of English. Your general usage of words shows how thorough you are and your ability in describing almost anything.

2. Describe situations precisely.
Most of us do not completely describe a situation that we want to write about. Especially when writing a story, we need to have the ability to convert what happened in our mind into words. That is why the vocabulary is important, because you can describe anything. Assume the reader knows nothing, even if it is general.

3. Being organized.
Once you look at the topic, be sure to develop a plan or a main theme for it. Understand what you are going to write about, and how you are going to write it. If you do not plan, you tend to change topics and jump back and forth in your composition. This will confuse the reader and your points will not be elaborated correctly.

4. Avoid being repetitive.
Do not repeat the same sentence or write about something which has the same meaning. Do not repeat a sentence just to strengthen a point but you can try giving the importance/reason of your point instead.

5. Use examples.
What most examiners want are REAL-LIFE EXAMPLES or APPLICATIONS that relate to our lives. If you know a tragedy that you read about in the news which you can relate in your topic, do it.

6. Tell something that not everyone knows just by common sense.
This is the use of the one word topics you can answer in your examinations. When you answer these questions, you can basically write anything as long as there is a slight relation to the topic. Write your own views, your own interpretation and how you look at it. Your original views generally develops the interest of readers. When writing about facts, be sure your facts are accurate and complete. Tell facts using your own words, not copy and paste/memorized sentences from the Internet.

Examples of Words
You can use certain words to replace the words you are currently using so your essay won't be so dull.

Show - Portray, Illustrate, Bestow
Home - House, Abode, Habitat
Destroy - Devastate, Ravage, Obliterate

Do not simply switch your words though, some words may have somewhat the same meaning, but not suitable for that condition you are trying to explain.

Lastly, finish your essay with a strong and definitive conclusion! Be sure to relax and have fun while composing your own essay. If you're stressed, you might not be able to get the results you wanted! Don't put people to sleep with your writing too.