how to structure an essay for university

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how to structure an essay for university

An essay usually follows the format of:
Why do I need to learn it?

  • Section One is a neutral sentence that will engage the reader’s interest in your essay.
  • Section Two Picks up the topic you are writing about by identifying the issues that you are going to explore.
  • Section Three is an indication of how the question will be answered. Give a brief outline of how you will deal with each issue, and in which order.

Writing an Introduction

After researching and further developing your ideas, you can begin to transfer these into an essay structure. Thinking about the brainstorming activity earlier, the arguments against a global language outweighed the arguments for a global language. Therefore, it would be logical that the ideas in the essay emphasise the arguments against. This doesn’t mean that you can’t write an assignment that makes the case for a global language. However, if you would like to do this, then you would need to go back to the brainstorming stage and find other ideas to support your argument.
Read the sentences on the right. Drag and drop each into the correct area in the Essay Structure. Sometimes it is easier to first identify which one is the thesis statement for the introduction, and which one summarises the ideas for the conclusion.

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.
For more information on analysing the assignment question and planning your essay, see planning assignments.