Read the Question
sounds quite simple, but not reading the question
is a common mistake people make when writing an essay.
Don't make the
mistake of writing everything you know about a topic! Make
sure you ANSWER THE QUESTION.
Spend time thinking
about the question. What is it asking you to do? Is it asking
you to compare? describe? discuss?
at these essay topics.
Smoking in moderation is okay. Discuss.
Compare life in 1910 with life
Country life is better than city life. Discuss.
The education system is different in different countries.
Describe the education system in your country.
you are asked to discuss a topic, you have to look
at both sides of the topic. If you are asked to compare,
you need to look at similarities and differences. If you
are asked to describe, you need to talk about a
system, the way something works or the way it looks.
common kinds of essays are:
and contrast - look at the similarities and differences
between two or more things
narrative - narrate or tell a story
descriptive - describe, don't argue
persuasive - persuade/argue