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5 Easy Methods to Write The Best Essay in Class

Do you have an assignment to write an essay and you want to write the best one in class—the one your teacher proudly writes “A+” at the top in bright lettering with a gold star beside it. Perhaps the one that the teacher reads aloud to the class? I can give you some great tips, as an English professor that will help you to do just that!

Pick A Topic That Already Interests You and Expand Upon it

If you have to write a simple, informative essay – perhaps how to bake a perfect cake, how to make dollhouse furniture—or how to do more outdoorsy stuff perhaps or sports related activities—like how to prepare for a day of rock climbing—or what is hiking all about anyway? The secrets to ice-skating like a pro, perhaps—something your reader cannot do well and would love to learn how to do it like you. Picking topics about activities you already enjoy will enable you to sit down and run off a draft quickly and it will even be fun for you. Plus, since you are already interested in this topic, you will enjoy reading other articles online that will enable to pepper your essay with interesting quotes from other experts. For example, “Julia Child says that the best way to ice a three-layer cake is . . .”

Research Your Topic on Good Websites or In Good Journals

If this is a research type essay on a fun topic, perhaps, like a hobby you know well, then go to the best websites about it to get your information. Google things like the Best Baking Blogs on the Internet—Best Blogs about Cake Decorating—Rock Climbing Lover’s Best Blogs—these kinds of searches will lead you to the premium writing on the web to sprinkle all over a fun, exciting essay about a hobby. For home-style cooking and comfort food, for example, you cannot beat a country food lover’s blog like The Pioneer Woman Cooks.

Have all the Elements of a Solid Essay

You cannot have the best essay in class unless you fulfill the requirements of any essay. So, you’ll need an

Introduction that gets your reader excited about your topic—three or four or more sentences that leads to your thesis statement.

A Thesis Statement—This sentence that typically comes at the end of the introduction that tells the reader exactly. “I” statements are easiest—For example—“In this essay, I’m going to tell you how to bake a perfect Snoopy cake.”

Body Paragraphs—the easiest way to think of these is to picture the first sentence of each one of them as either proving one part of your argument, or describing one step or aspect of your thesis.

Closing Paragraphs – Bring it into the present moment. “Today, I know that in order to cook well, I have to continue to read and learn from other bakers.”

The Art of Simmering

Simmering is letting the essay sit for awhile. Walk away from it after you get it to a good point and then go back to it with fresh eyes a whole day later. You’ll see bobbles you didn’t see before and have new insights as well.

The Art of Revising

Essays are like a good chili. The longer you keep simmering them, adding new ingredients and pausing to make it more perfect – the better it gets.