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Helpful guidelines on how to make a good essay

Writing a good essay can be hard, especially for those of us who are repeatedly asked to explain the same process over...over...and over again. For pennies on the dollar, no less.

How do you “make” a good essay? You don’t. You write an essay. This isn’t magic. But if you are the person asking how to “make” an essay, writing and magic are probably one and the same, sadly. If you are going to attempt to write an essay, here are the same truths that were practiced and successful for many other people as recently as yesterday.

Understand your assignment

  • First you need to consider what class you are taking and what your topic will be. Hopefully it is a subject you can choose or at least one you have a vague interest in. This way your research won’t seem like such a chore and you may be able to get ahead of the assignment based on your prior knowledge.

Once you have a grip on which direction your topic is pointed towards, it is time to turn towards how the essay itself needs to be crafted.

Stick with the five paragraph factor

  • Start with an introduction, which will contain your purpose for writing as well as your thesis.
  • The last sentence of your intro should be your thesis statement. Put your thesis in the last sentence of your introductory paragraph as a way to make sure the reader will have this thought in his or her recent memory.
  • The body of your essay will consist of all the important information needed to assist in proving or validating the topic you have presented for the sake of your argument.
  • Your conclusion is your final opportunity to bring all of your research, insights, and suggestions together one last time for the sake of persuading your reader and fortifying the structure of your essay in and of itself.

The guidelines for a good essay are rather simple. Make sure you are able to organize, prioritize, and convey your findings in a measured and skilled manner.


  • Clearly state your thesis in your introduction.
  • Pull in your reader with an interesting anecdote or fact.
  • Fill in your body with information supporting your argument.
  • Conclude by bringing together all of your points in a style similar to that of your introduction.