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01/16/2020

One must first establish the guidelines for essaywriting as a craft with a definite set of rules. Then, one must hone the craft over time. Many students learn an effective essay through self-study and by trying to copy the writing styles from popular students on their favorite college Facebook page. Other students learn effective essay writing through personal tutoring. The best essay writers can teach effectively from the basics of essay form, argument structure, and grammar and style, even if they did not study the topic in depth. In all of these forms of instruction, a good essay writer understands the purpose of the essay.

One must first establish the guidelines for essaywriting as a craft with a definite set of rules. Then, one must hone the craft over time. Many students learn an effective essay through self-study and by trying to copy the writing styles from popular students on their favorite college Facebook page. Other students learn effective essay writing through personal tutoring. The best essay writers can teach effectively from the basics of essay form, argument structure, and grammar and style, even if they did not study the topic in depth. In all of these forms of instruction, a good essay writer understands the purpose of the essay.
In addition to learning techniques for writing persuasive essays, students may also want to learn some principles of argumentation theory, which include the elements of argument and counterargument. They will also need some strategies for dealing with persuasive critics: writers should write to their arguments rather than to their critics, avoid getting sucked into their arguments, recognize and respond to rhetorical tricks, avoid using the “gotcha” technique, refrain from trying to sound smart by being snarky, and realize that the writer’s reputation as a persuasive writer depends on the quality of the writing and not the quality of the arguments.
A basic formula to write a successful essay is:
Theory: How are you supporting or defending your position in the essay? This is the first point of analysis.
Analysis: What is your first argument? Who are you making the argument for? Why should they believe your position is correct? Why do you think they should believe your position is correct? How does your argument support or defend your position?
Counterargument: If a reader can understand these first three parts (theory, analysis, and counterargument) and then come to your argument with a different argument (or counterargument) that supports the reader’s original point(s) and supports your original argument, what is the next step, and then what is the final result?
Argument: Is your first argument winning? Why do you think the argument is supporting or defending your position? Are the points your arguments support or defend? Is the counterargument winning? Why? How does your argument support or defend your position? How does the counterargument support or defend your position?
Conclusion or Conclusion Argument: Are your arguments supported or defended? What happens next to your point? Why? Is the counterargument winning? Why? How does your final conclusion support or defend your position? How does your final conclusion support or defend your position?
Once you have developed a thorough theory of essay writing, develop analytical skills by writing logical arguments and counterarguments that advance and strengthen your first argument. Analytical skills also help with developing an effective counterargument. You can learn more at “How to Analyze Arguments” (PDF).
If it happens that your essay ends up being a bit more lengthy than you intended, don’t despair. Don’t get discouraged. The length of your essay is determined by some of the following:
The length of your research;
How many facts and figures you have used. Don’t get bogged down by the details of your topic; read about it and learn all of the sources;
The length of your conclusion.
If you are working through an undergrad program, many colleges have writing workshops to help you hone your essay. Look up the course that you are attending to find a writing workshop schedule that fits