Writing an essay is always hard (if only you are not a nerd without any kind of love life). However, there are things that can help you make this process easier, and knowing exactly where to start and where to go is one of the most important.
In other words, if you want to write only good essays from now on, learn a simple five paragraph essay structure. It will become your reliable helper in any kind of academic turmoil.
No matter what kind of paper you are working on, this generic scheme will come in handy:
Part 1: Introduction. This is where you grab your reader’s attention and state what problem you are writing about. You have to explain why it is important and what you are planning to do. If, let’s say, it is a compare and contrast essay structure, you should also provide a valid reason to compare two things/concepts/notions. Also, this is where you formulate a thesis.
Part 2: The body of any essay is usually divided into three subparts or paragraphs, each dedicated to a certain argument/event/concept, etc. Although you might choose to deviate from the 3-paragraph structure, it is still convenient to organize your writing.
Part 3: Conclusion. Generally, this is the part to restate your thesis in view of the findings you have made and the arguments you have raised. The thesis statement, therefore, should not be just repeated, but rather processed and reformulated.
As it has already been said, the structure will give you support and guide you in the right direction. Following it, however, is not obligatory. Some essay structures, let’s say rhetorical analysis essay structure, are so random that they do not meet the concept of ‘structure’ itself. In other words, you are given freedom to organize your writing in any way you like, limited by only common sense.
Informative Essay Structure
Informative essays, also called expository essays, aim to provide certain information to the reader. If you were assigned one, don’t worry: their structure doesn’t differ much from what you have just learned in the previous chapter.
Introduction: in this case you don’t need to formulate any thesis but only have to provide general information as to what the main subject of your essay is and set the tone.
Main body: this chapter is used for gradual and consistent provision of the information you mean to provide. Always answer the questions who, what, where, when, why, and how that your audience might be asking. The number of paragraphs is not limited; however, try to put a summarizing sentence at the beginning of each one.
Conclusion: besides its regular wrapping-up function, this part also serves to make the reader want to learn more.
Again, you are free to choose your own path, i.e. your own structure. The only limit here is the introduction-main body-conclusion pattern. Still, once you remember the sequence and start using it on a regular basis, the process of essay writing will become much easier for you. Use your chances to increase productivity without increasing the effort.