How to Organize and Present the Information in the Essay
You will most likely be required to write several essays and papers throughout your years in school. You may as well start polishing up your writing skills now so you’ll be ready. Learning some organizational techniques for essay writing is a crucial skill for all students and writers. Anyone who wants to use words to be persuasive or support an argument could benefit from good organizational techniques.
An essential element of an essay that is the pivotal point for the writing is the thesis statement.
Here are some steps you can take to organize your information and have it ready for writing:
Write your thesis statement. Try to make it an original observation, a stupendous argument, or unique interpretation of an event. It shouldn’t just be a statement that states an obvious event. Revise as necessary. When researching you may find the thesis needs to be changed a little.
Create an outline that covers all your main points and gives some direction to your essay. If you are doing compare and contrast, look for differences and similarities. Use the outline to determine which order you will present your main points.
Each paragraph should have a topic sentence that presents the main point of that paragraph. When the topic sentence is clear and concise, it gives direction and meaning to the entire paragraph.
Use good transitions between sentences and paragraphs. Your essay shouldn’t lead the reader all over the place.
The conclusion should be clever and effective. Yes, you are basically restating your thesis and then summarizing your points and how effective they were at answering the thesis, but use captivating words and don’t be afraid to offer implications or avenues of further research and investigation.
Read the essay out loud or have someone read it to you. You will be able to catch errors and correct them.
Sometimes it’s helpful to change or rearrange the order of the paragraphs if the essay seems to be a little choppy. Even the best research needs to be presented in a smooth manner in order to be effective. Sometimes all it takes is just a tiny alteration to make a huge difference.
When you use some good organization to gather your information and formulate an effective outline, you will have better success in presenting the information in a meaningful way in your essay.