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How to Write an Essay in 6 Simple Steps

Let’s get to the bottom line: it’s easy to write an essay, if you have the right tool. If you think that writing an essay is NOT easy, there are two options for you:

Option 1 Become a master essay writer:
  • know in depth all 20+ commonly used types of essays
  • research the practice of building an essay structure
  • master the art of essay introduction
  • learn MLA format for essays and APA essay formatting to the letter
  • learn all the high school essay and college essay tips and tricks of the trade
  • carefully read thousands of sample essays
  • practice very hard
Option 2 Just use  sCoolWork
There are tons of manuals and instructions about how to write an essay well. There are no practical guides that sit down with you and guide you when you actually write an essay. If you have a private teacher with many hours to spare, you’re set. If you don’t, and you want to write an essay easily and get a high grade, your best option is using sCoolWork.

So how does sCoolWork teach you how to write an essay better and faster?

In short: sCoolWork is like a master essay writer sitting by your side, guiding you about what is best to write WHILE you’re writing an essay, and taking care of all the nasty hard work (MLA formatting, APA citations, etc.)

In this article, we’ll briefly summarize the essay writing 6-step method sCoolWork uses, and you can use too.

How to write an essay - Step 1: Choose essay type and essay topic

The first thing you’ll want to do is to focus on one type of essay. There are roughly more than 20 types of essays; here is an example of a very partial list of types of essays, courtesy of wikipedia. Choosing the right type of essay greatly affect the rest of your work, and it’s very hard to write an essay using one essay type, then deciding you want to do a different type of essay. In most cases, you would have to re-write an essay, so take your time to choose the most compatible type of essay for the task, unless, of course, you have been instructed by your teacher to use a specific type of essay.

Now is also the time to choose a topic for your essay. Choosing an appropriate essay topic can be difficult, but knowing how to choose an essay topic correctly is crucial if you want to know how to write an essay well. Your essay topic should be compatible with your chosen type of essay. For example, an argumentative essay topic should be narrowed down, it should contain an argument, and it should be an essay topic that can be adequately supported (with statistics, outside source citations, etc.)

Essay Tips: If you need a good essay topic, the "Suggest a Topic" feature in sCoolWork provides a lot of excellent topic ideas!

How to write an essay - Step 2: Choose essay structure

Most types of essays have several different essay structures. If you want your essay to be focused to get a high grade, it is very recommended to stick to one of the essay structure patterns while you write an essay. Here is an example of some argumentative essay structures.

The chosen essay structure will determine the order of the paragraphs in your essay. Choose whichever essay structure you think would make your point better.

Essay Tips: a rich set of interactive essay structure patterns for each type of essay, with a simple and intuitive graphical interface, is available in sCoolWork.

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How to write an essay - Step 3: Outline the essay

If you think about skipping this step because you don’t know what essay outlining is, or you want to save time, DON’T.

How many times you were stuck on the first paragraph, not knowing what to write? It was because you started writing before thinking about what you want to write. This is “outlining”, and it’s the only way you’ll write a high grading paper, fast.

When doing an essay outline, you should plan your essay paragraph by paragraph, starting from the strong thesis statement in the essay introduction, down to the essay conclusion, according to your chosen essay pattern. Here is an example of a generalized essay outline. Please remember that in order to do a high quality, focused essay, different essay outlines are required for different essay patterns.

Essay Tips: If essay outlining seems a bit hard, remember that all you need to do at this step in sCoolWork is to fill a short form. sCoolWork will tell you what exactly you need to write in each box, making sure you make your points according to your selected essay structure. Just follow the in-app guidelines!

How to write an essay - Step 4: Write the essay

Great! Now you can focus on writing the essay text itself. You’ll have a much easier time since your outline is ready and you know exactly what you want to write in each paragraph. Just elaborate on each point from your outline, and if you did your essay outlining well, it will produce a well written essay.

If you need to change something in your outline because you found a better way to make your point – do it. Just remember to use the updated outline in your writing.

Essay Tips: sCoolWork contains many tools and tips available at the essay writing stage such as built-in thematic resource search, paragraph-specific guidelines, best practice examples, etc., making writing even easier.

Don't know how to start your essay?  Start using sCoolWork now!

How to write an essay - Step 5: Citations

One of the hated, but often necessary steps. You have to insert citations and quotations, sources you used on a reference page, all must be cited MLA or APA or Chicago, according to very strict instructions. If you have an automated tool to auto cite MLA format or APA format or Chicago format, it would save you a lot of time and mistakes. If you don’t, or for some reason want to keep things manual, make sure every letter and character sticks to the rigid rules of your chosen format.

Essay Tips: Of course, sCoolWork contains a wonderful in-app tool that automates resources to be cited MLA / APA / Chicago format, effortlessly and without mistakes!

How to write an essay - Step 6: Get your A+ grade

Review your essay and make sure everything’s OK. Read and re-read your essay and check for spelling, grammar or format mistakes. You’ll be amazed how much this improves your essay quality, as we tend to find many mistakes (and correct them) at this step.

Automated writing tools will also help here, such as a spell checker.

When you’re done, print your essay or save it and submit it online..

That’s it! After submitting your paper all you have to do is wait for your paper to be graded.

Essay Tips: Please remember: the more you use the 6-step method, the better your writing skills would be, so using this method for writing an essay actually makes you a better writer!

Final word about how to write an essay

This guide for the 6-steps method is just the beginning. Every step is a doorway to more resources and more practice. The MLA handbook, for example, is more than 300 pages long, just for knowing what spacing to use and how to cite resources.

That’s why we did this job for you, that’s why we created sCoolWork, so you would have a guide that knows 100% of what there is to know by your side at all times while you write an essay.

If your writing skills and grades are important to you, please do not overlook the 6-step method. If you want to do it effortlessly, just use sCoolWork.
More sCoolWork Essay Writing Guide articles:
How to Write an Argumentative Essay on any Topic How to Write a Descriptive Essay on any Topic
How to Write a Cause and Effect Essay on any Topic Seven Works Cited MLA Mistakes You Should Avoid
How to write an A+ Comparison essay
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