Essay Writing Help


My intention in this post, Essay Writing Advice Reveals The Secret, is to leave you with the best guide from start to finish. Part of the secret is having a full grasp of the topic at hand, which is an important element of writing a good academic essay. Also, the ability to pick your own thread of argument and then, leading your readers carefully throughout your essay thread. 

Writing essays is a process that requires you to employ many skills. Most importantly, organisational skills which will allow you to do all your tasks in good timing including researching, reading, writing and revising your work. 

What is an essay?

An essay is a short piece of writing centred around the main thesis. This is where you express your own point of view based on the evidence that you gather.

What is an essay for?

An essay develops a concise argument to convince the reader.

An essay is, generally, a piece of writing that gives the author’s own argument.

From a learning perspective, an essay gives students the platform to demonstrate to the examiner their understanding of the subject at hand. An essay also gives the examiner a platform to test and explore where student’s strengths and weaknesses lie.

To experience a smooth process in writing your essay, you need to go through it step by step. Before you start writing your essay you need to analyse the topic by reading every single word so that you identify the exact things you are required to address in your essay. Then, sketch out a plan. A plan helps you to stick to your line of argument. That is, work out a logical structure for your essay.

(1) Introduction

Every essay should start off with an introduction. A good introduction has the power to introduce the topic and capture the reader’s attention. It is the right place to define the keywords and explain their meaning. Also, explain why this topic is important.

Then, sketch out a plan. The use of a plan is to help you to stick to your line of argument. That is, work out a logical structure for your essay. State your main thesis and write it down in one sentence.

For example, Misunderstandings are the major causes of divorce among London couples.

Make sure throughout your essay, you remain within the confines of your title so that you answer the question and avoid going off topic.

(2) Main Body

The next stage is the gathering of facts through research, brainstorming, making reference to lecture notes and reviewing your literature. When you are done you should list all arguments that support your thesis. Each idea should be in its own paragraph with a structure which carries the following:

State Argument number 1
Hectic lifestyles among celebrities create misunderstandings leading to divorce. 

Then add supporting details, for example, cite case studies and statistics to support Argument 1. 

Wrapping up Argument 1
Therefore, this shows that …..

You repeat this process in the next paragraph for Argument Number 2 until you exhaust all your arguments that support your thesis. The next step is focusing on the arguments that challenge your thesis. Please note that you must only make a list of the most important arguments.

(3) Conclusion

In this section you do a brief recap of what you have covered in relation to your essay title, then evaluate the main arguments and highlight the most important aspects. A conclusion is a summary of your arguments and the evidence. You need to create a synthesis, revisit the thesis and draw connections.

(4) Plagiarism and Referencing

Let me explain a bit about referencing because it’s an area that most students have serious problems with. In the academic field, whenever you quote, paraphrase or get an idea from a source either a book, article or website,  you need to reference it.

Referencing is acknowledging that you did not originate with the information and you are showing the reader where you have used someone else’s ideas or words. Failure to properly reference may make your tutor or examiner think that you are cheating. It will obviously come across as if you are claiming someone else’s work as yours.


  Avoid Plagiarism

This is often referred to as plagiarism. Plagiarism is perceived as a serious offence. 

To avoid plagiarism, you must reference your essay. Try your best to make sure your essay is 100 per cent plagiarism free. To achieve that you can use a  plagiarism checker free online.

Referencing styles differ, depending on your area of study. Some institutions use the Harvard way of referencing. Other institutions of learning use the using the MLA style of referencing. A reference list is the detailed list of references that are cited in your work. The title of a book can be italicized or underlined.

A bibliography

  1. A section of a written work containing citations, not quotations, to all the books referenced in the work. 

  2. A list of books or documents relevant to a particular subject or author.

Whatever referencing style you decide to use, the most important thing to remember is to remain consistent throughout your essay. Always check with your tutor or supervisor if the method of citation you have chosen is the right one. I can’t overemphasize the importance of getting acquainted with the right style suitable for your department or faculty.

Please see the example given below of the Harvard referencing style used by DeMontfort University.

Example of a Reference List

(1) Ashton, F . (1948) Cinderella. [Royal Opera House, London, 13th January 2004].

(2) Chan, T .M. (2011) Three problems about dynamic convex hulls. In: Proceedings of the 27th Annual Symposium on Computational Geometry, Paris, June 2011. New York: ACM, pp. 27-37.

(3) Maimon, D. and Browning, C .R. (2012) Adolescents’ violent victimization in the neighbourhood: situational and contextual determinants.British journal of criminology, 52 (4), pp. 808-833.

(4) Maltzman, R. and Shirley, D. (c .2011) Green Project Management. London: CRC Press.


Proofreading is the final thing you need to do as part of the process of writing your essay. This is where you read your essay to spot any grammatical errors and spelling mistakes and then correct them. For best results, it’s advisable to leave a day between finishing your essay and proofreading it.

Proofreading can be done at the same time as you format your document. Formatting is checking your document to make sure you use the same style throughout your document. Most preferable fonts are Aerial 2 and Times New Roman 12. In terms of spacing, it ranges from 1.5 – 2 (double) spacing.

All essays, whether academic or generic essays, should carry an introduction, body, and a conclusion. Making use of a mind mapping process is an effective way to plan your essay structure. The Body, which is the middle part of the essay, must fulfil everything that you have spelt out in your essay structure. It is the section where you build a large amount of content through ideas, explanations and evidence that you gather from various sources.

You need to get to grips with the skill of gathering information and you must focus on relevant information only. A process referred to as reviewing the relevant literature.

Proofreading is the last thing to do but not the least important. Undeniably, time management is a key skill that every student should have. Without time management, students will struggle to meet their deadlines for submitting their essays.

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If you have any questions related to Essay Writing Advice Reveals The Secret, please 
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12 Comments to “Essay Writing Help”

  1. Nahim says:

    Sometimes I struggle to write essays, especially when they are about topics I do not find interesting. But something that really helps me out when I have to write essays is to read as much as I can about whatever it is I have to write a bout. Just soak your mind with the subject and you will find it easier to write about it.

    1. Femia says:

      I agree with you. Knowing your subject really helps. Ideas will just flow and writing will become an easy and enjoyable experience.

  2. Rebeca says:

    This is great. So many times students become frustrated because they are not sure how to organize an academic paper. They usually look at the word or page count and write to fill out space, not invest in the content of the paper/article. One thing that might help is if students learn how to form a strong thesis statement, usually the paper falls into place from there.

    1. Femia says:

      I like your suggestion of forming a thesis statement. It guides the essay to be written in-line with a student point of view.

  3. Geneva Waldorf says:

    Awesome site and an incredible subject. Essay writing is always a tough task to make since it is associated with investigating one’s own particular imagination and creativity, your perspectives, and conclusions in a concise manner. Everyone has to find his/her best and simple way to write an essay. Mine is to order online.

    1. Femia says:

      Thank you for taking time and sharing your ideas.

  4. Alysanna says:

    Essay writing is not always easy especially for those who are having a hard time expressing their thoughts.

    I think essay writing is very similar with blogging in a way that one has to have a good grasp of the subject or niche he’s writing about in order to really make a good case, argument or be able to get the message across.

    Yes, plagiarism is a serious offense but what can you say about this phrase: “When you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism. When you copy from two or more, it’s called research.”

    By the way, thanks for laying out the basic steps in writing an essay, I find your article really helpful.

    1. Femia says:

      Hello Alysanna, thank you very much for taking your time to leave some invaluable feedback relating to my post, ‘How to write an essay.’

      Thanks for bringing up this phrase, ‘When you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism. When you copy from two or more, it’s called research.” 

      I couldn’t agree more. If the viewpoints are solely taken from a single source, there are slim chances for the writer to bring in any new or original ideas except to reproduce what has already been written.

      When a writer uses many authors as a source of ideas, he would need to summarise and critically analyse the information before he concludes the discussion. Once again, many thanks.

  5. Sara says:

    I have always hate writing essays.
    I have a sister in the 9th grade looking for help from her big sis to write an essay on “are cell phones harmful?”.
    I don’t know where to start. So I’m so happy I came across your article. I will be sharing passing on your site information to her. I see you also have other interesting post that she may find useful.

    1. Femia says:

      Hi, Sara, thank you very much for sparing time to read my post and leaving a comment. Your sister’s topic is very interesting. From my perspective, I would say cell phones are useful to a large extent. I am glad to hear that you find my post ‘How to write an essay’ useful. I hope your sister also finds it helpful and that all goes well for her.

  6. Cialis says:

    Thank you ever so for you post. Much thanks again.

    1. Zegu says:

      Hello, Cialis, thank you for stopping by to drop some comments.
      I am pleased to hear you like my post, Best Guide To Writing Essays.

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