Friday, 12 June 2015

Why Are Essay Structures So Important to Essay Writing?

Now many people reading the above heading may look at it and, shaking their head and think, 'What a stupid question!' I know I did too because the answer is surely obvious, isn't it? Well, that's what I thought for many years for the simple reason that I believed (like I am sure that many of you do) that there was no way that you could expect to write 'good' essays in practice if you did not also have 'good' essay structures in place that showed a clear line from the first thought that you wrote on the screen/page in front of you until the very last thing that you put in your conclusion.

And yet, despite this simple reasoning, I never cease to be amazed at the sheer number of essay papers I have seen with little or no effective structuring to them and this is so obviously to their detriment because otherwise good ideas can all too easily be lost within a poor structure. Therefore, when it comes to producing any essay I would advise you to always look to have the following word in mind when writing your essay - 'PLANNING'.

When thinking of your essay structures, however, I would also advise you to look to first 'group' ideas together at the planning stage. For example, if you are writing an essay about the 'Nazi Party's hold over Germany' you may group ideas in the following way -

(a) Economic
(b) Social
(c) Political
(d) Propaganda

At the same time, however, you need to show an appreciation of any 'crossover' between areas because. for example, some issues like the 'Jewish Question' may relate to all four areas of division used for the 'grouping' of ideas. This is because, by way of illustration, it may be economic and social due to the fact that the Nazi Party played on the idea that Jewish people were not German citizens and were taking jobs away from those who were so that they were detracting from Germany's national economy. Moreover, it was also a political and propaganda issue because the Nazi Party blamed the Jewish people for a lot of the problems that the country was experiencing as a whole. Therefore, there is a need to think carefully about the way in which you express your ideas in practice since it is also important to make sure that you express your ideas clearly in concise precise sentences that are pointed and clear in what they are saying.

Poor structuring is lazy and if you fail to express yourself in a clear way it will cost you a lot marks, but have really barely scratched the surface of what you need to appreciate when structuring your work here. Therefore, if you would like a great deal more information and support in this regard then you can find it in the form of my own e-journal 'The Secret Guide To Academic Writing & Study' that I produced myself and am currently distributing to students like you at a remarkably inexpensive one-off price through my website at [http://www.academicfx.co.uk].

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