A range of ways to plan essays:
• Write a summary of your main argument. This is particularly helpful for clarifying and refining ideas.
• Write the first sentence of each paragraph. These should answer the question and form a coherent whole.
• Write the conclusion first. Then, work out what you will need to include in order to reach it.
• Bullet point your introduction, main body, and conclusion.
• Create a spider diagram with the essay question at the centre.
• Draw out sub-questions from the title. Order the series of questions you create and answer each in turn.
• Create a table. Put your key points across the top. Evidence for and evidence against goes along the side.
Command words for essay writing:
Command words are those words which indicate to a student what they ought to do in their essay.
Here are some examples:
Students who know the functions of such words are in a better position to answer the question.