Guides & Tips on Writing
An essay is a brief prose composition in which the writer expresses his/her opinion about a limited subject. Below you can find information on different types of essay along with samples.
Comparison / Contrast Essay
Cause / Effect Essay
Exemplification / Illustration Essay
The Five-Paragraph Essay
Ask each of your teachers which style they want you to use. If they have no preference, you can use any or follow these guidelines:
MLA: literature, arts, and humanities.
APA: psychology, education, and other social sciences
AMA: medicine, health, and biological sciences.
Turabian: designed for college students to use with all subjects.
Chicago: used with all subjects in the real world by books, magazines, newspapers, and other non-scholarly publications.
An essay can have many purposes, but the basic structure is the same no matter what. You may be writing an essay to argue for a particular point of view or to explain the steps necessary to complete a task.
Either way, your essay will have the same basic format.
If you follow a few simple steps, you will find that the essay almost writes itself. You will be responsible only for supplying ideas, which are the important part of the essay anyway.