planning an essay
Your plan should state how you’re going to prove your argument, including the evidence you’re going to use. Structure your plan around the different parts of an essay. To do this:
A good essay plan helps you arrange your ideas logically and stay on track during the writing process.
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The obvious place to start is at the assignment question itself. From the question you can develop your answer in the form of a thesis statement. From there you can decide what your essay’s subtopics will be and what you want to say about them. After you have a basic idea of what you want to talk about, you can begin to write the essay.
It is really important to plan your essay before you begin writing. Planning will save you time later. It is also essential that you have a starting point to plan from, even if it is in a very rough form.
Essay Planning and ‘Doing the Math’
The video presentation for this session outlines some essential tips for breaking down and planning an essay, including how to ‘do the math’ to determine how many words you should be devoting to each of the sections of the essay task. The Resources section contains some additional tools to further assist you, such as a downloadable essay plan template and tip sheets on mind-mapping and essay planning, in addition to a range of useful weblinks to connect with more support materials to help you plan out and structure your essays.