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23 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Write an Essay in 3 Easy Steps Introduction

      2:21
    • 2. 1. Ace Essay Introductions

      1:21
    • 3. Research

      0:41
    • 4. Your Ideas

      0:51
    • 5. Structure

      3:04
    • 6. Editing

      1:48
    • 7. Your Project

      1:12
    • 8. 2. Essay Success Answer the Question

      1:09
    • 9. Why it Matters

      1:17
    • 10. Read the Essay Question

      2:10
    • 11. Key Words

      3:29
    • 12. Question Purpose

      1:00
    • 13. Do you Agree

      0:54
    • 14. Use the Introduction

      1:36
    • 15. Stay on Track

      1:15
    • 16. 3. Ace Essay Conclusions

      0:48
    • 17. What is a Conclusion

      1:02
    • 18. Structure of Conclusions

      3:11
    • 19. Editing the Conclusion

      1:27
    • 20. Conclusion Tips and Tricks

      1:52
    • 21. Your Project Ace Essay Conclusions

      0:37
    • 22. Projects

      1:42
    • 23. Write an Essay in 3 Easy Steps Thanks

      2:13
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Join teacher Shellie for this 37 minute essay writing class that takes you from creating the introduction, to answering the essay question, right through to the conclusion.

Essay writing is hard work and sometimes its hard to know how to start.  Shellie has completed two Master degrees and has worked as an essay editor and brings her knowledge and experience together in this class to help you write your essays and improve your grades.

This class will assist students who are beginners, but also more experienced students who are looking to improve their essay marks.

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1. Write an Essay in 3 Easy Steps Introduction: Hello. My name is Shelly. I'm joining you from Sydney, Australia. I'm so excited to bring you these cloths where I've collection three key lessons to help you with your essay writing. I have been a student myself for many years, having completed two master's degrees and I had to learn from scratch how to write an essay . So I'm sharing these classes with you in the heart. That I make your journey easier and much quicker than models based classes is suitable for beginners. And people with varying levels of experience will gain valuable information from these clauses. First, we're gonna learn about what to put in an introduction. How do you start in s A and an introduction in such a K part of your essay? Because actually maps out the structure for the entire pace. So once you have that introduction set, you're well set up to write the rest of the essay. Then we move on to how do you actually answer the question? So the point off the essay is to clearly address the essay question that your teacher said you and people find it hard. Teoh, stick solely to the question people get interested in other other aspects off the subject area, they loose focused on their own path. But you must always do is bring everything. You right back to the question you're demonstrating to your teacher how you as the question and what neurology have an answer and the final thing to a great essays to concluded Well, to have a strong conclusion to summarize what you covered and really prove that Look at what I've done in this essay. I have successfully answered this question. So let's get started on That s a is a really hot work. I take hours and hours and Alice. But this class will give you clarity and motivation and a good glad to get you started and get in that momentum of rotting because really, you simply need to write the essay and then you can refine dropped. Let's get started. By the end, you will have a fabulous essay 2. 1. Ace Essay Introductions: Welcome to Ice s A introductions. My name is Shelly and over your teacher for this class. My qualifications include a masters from Melbourne University. For a degree that was very academic focused through this, I learned the out of essay writing as I saw my own work and marks improved of the time. I'm currently studying to become a library in my work in an academic library. Let's get started. So what is an introduction to an academic essay? It's the first thing your reader comes across, and it is the part of the essay that orients them to your essay, the point you're going to make and tells them what you're going to write about. Think of the introduction as a road map for your radar tells him exactly what to expect. It sets the same for the turn of the essay. Don't forget that the raider of the essay you're rushing full. We're also the markup of the essay, and so you need to make it as easy as possible for them to understand your essay so they can award you with the best marks possible. 3. Research: after your initial brainstorming, I d. Where you tried to clarify what it is you want to write about. You most likely need to do some research because the purpose of an essay is often to educate. So you yourself me to learn about a subject you wish to write about, to spend some time in the library, searching online, reading through resources and get a sense off. The particular key results is you may wish to focus on in your essay and also uses time to drop down your ideas and flushed him out. Build them up a little bit in preparation. We're starting to write your introduction. 4. Your Ideas: So you've been given her university assignment. You've got an essay to write. There will be an essay question that tells you what your essay should be about and your mind will usually be racing with. What should I write about? How exactly am I gonna tackle this? And how am I going to make sure that I get the best marks possible? So the first thing is to organize your ideas, to spend a little bit of time just to sit down with a piece of paper and a pen and just stop thinking about what will be your main focus. Usually, an essay has a word count, and Theis word limit means that you really do need to focus in on your ideas and be very clear about your purpose and your intent. 5. Structure: so you don't the groundwork about thinking about your essay question and the focus off the essay you're going to write now it's time to start working on your introduction and thinking about the structure off that introduction. A very important point is to ensure that you address every point mentioned in the essay question and that your language reflects the same language used in the question. This makes it clear to the marker that you have read and understood the question and that your essay will be addressing the question and the question only when starting an essay. The most important thing is to orient your radar. They have no idea what your question is or what you're going to write about. So lead the reader into the essay with a generalized gentle leading to the topic. So you may start off to the sentence that that draws them into the subject area generally and then builds on that and moves closer and closer to your focus area. You can't simply jump straight into a very specific topic without gently leading the viewer into that. Now that you've oriented the Rada to the general subject area, you now need Teoh. Use a few sentences to lead the view of further into that subject and lead them into the focus area off your essay. This may include telling the rate of why this subject area matters why it's important for this essay to be written. Need to tell your Rada why it's worthwhile reading this essay. Now you need to tell the Rada exactly what the purpose of the essay is in one or two sentences. This is almost like a basis point. No, a topic sentence. It has to be very clear and well articulated. With no ambiguity. The reader must know precisely the purpose of your essay. Now you must tell the radar exactly what you will cover in the essay and in what water. I usually do this by saying, Firstly, this essay will examine dr Dot Secondly, he says, say, will address, dot, dot, dot and finally, this essay will consider the impact off. Dr Dot Try to use different descriptive words in each of these statements, and generally an essay will cover to 23 main points, depending on the essay question and the word count 6. Editing: Now that you've had an attempt at writing out each of the sections off the introduction, it's bottle that you edit it. When we write, we tend to use clumsy language and use more words and necessary. So the editing process involves going back over what you've written reading through it doesn't make sense. Can I improve the wide express, The idea? All that extra words here that are dominated but are contributing to the meaning? We must be very careful in our use of the word count in an academic essay. The purpose is to actually still the essay with as much meaningful content as we can within that word count. So you using superfluous additional words. Having poorly written, lengthy, messy sentences does not achieve a university student. Good marks. So go back through your essay at your introduction and review it when going back through your introduction and editing it. It's very worthwhile to look at the essay question again and to make sure that you've actually addressed every single part of that question. Because if you miss anything you're going to lose marks. You're very came to get high MOX. It's also worth and looking at the marking criteria, which usually is supplied with the essay question. Because this tells you exactly what they're looking for. You need to really make sure that you are addressing every point mentioned in that criteria . There's no absolute rule about the length of an introduction for an academic essay. However, a good guideline is 10% off the entire word count. 7. Your Project: now that we've learned all about what makes an essay introduction and what its purposes and how to write one well. But you'll turned to actually put this into practice. If you watch these class, you're probably university student, and I imagine you have an assignment coming up, so why not sit down, read through your assignment? Question generates an ideas about your focus. Perhaps do a little research to clarify what we're gonna write about and then sit down and full of my step by step guide and actually writing introduction. Once you've written that draft review it edited. See if he can improve the writing. See if you can reduce the extra words that don't add value remaining and saying, If you really might clear for the radar what to expect in your essay. This puts you in good stead for them following your own introduction as a guide for writing the rest of the essay. Please post your introduction in the project section and I will view it and give you some feedback and awful ways to improve it even further. Have fun 8. 2. Essay Success Answer the Question: Hello, Welcome to s a success. Answering the question. If there's one essential thing you must do in your essays to achieve good marks, its to answer the question. It's so easy to get led astray with the research you do, you've learned something. You really want to include it in your essay, but all it does is detract from the marks you can receive. So this class is tailored to help you to learn how to first of all, understand what the question is on what it's asking you for. And it also helps you to assess what sort of knowledge and how the essay question wants you to show your knowledge. So we're going to delve into several aspects off, understanding the question and working out how to best answer it. And this is a really great class if you're looking to lift your marks up a little bit higher in your university studies, so let's get started on the lens and new. It's a new tricks and tricks to get better marks 9. Why it Matters: So why does answering the question in an essay matter so much? Well, we all know what it's like when you start to write. You come up with lots of ideas, you might find yourself going off on a tangent, and sometimes it's hard to leave things out because you think, Oh, this is interesting. But if you're not just answering the question, you're actually doing yourself a disservice. So when an essay achieves a high result, the distinctions high distinctions, those essays very firmly answering the question and the question alone. So you cannot address any other topic or side topic unless it's mentioned in the question, or unless you're drawing it in and relating it to a core part of the question. So in this class, we're going to actually unpick how to determine what the question is to make sure that you are focused on it and that you're everything about your essay is pointing toward the question and showing the marker that this is what you're doing. You are answering the question very, very specifically and very carefully 10. Read the Essay Question: that will sound really obvious to say this, but the first thing you must do is read the essay question. You need to actually people. Students often read the essay question quite quickly and then kind of rushed to start working on it. And by doing that, they often misunderstand it or misinterpret it. So the first thing you have to do is slow yourself down and actually give yourself time to do that. One task to simply read and try and absorb the essay question and all of the extra information that they provide in the essay assignment sheet and breath through it once. And then you may want to read through it again and start highlighting parts of it that seem like key bits and, you know, important things not to forget and and just try. And while you're reading through, try to take it on board, try and in your mind solidify the key aspects that you're that you're reading so that you have a solid sense off. What the question is asking that you truly do understand what it's asking. You haven't made assumptions. You have read the actual words. You've understood the tone of the question. You understood the focus of the question. Um, and once you are sure that you've spent you know, you could easily spend five minutes actually reading through carefully time and again just to guarantee you understand, because there's no point misunderstanding the question and starting work on it. And when you come toward the end, revisiting the S a information and finding Oh, I've been focusing on entirely the wrong thing or Oh, it didn't mean that they meant this. Then you'd have to start all over again. So it's crucial. Take sometimes, slow yourself right down and really just be with the information, let it sink in and make sure you correctly understand what the task is asking from you. 11. Key Words: Yes, I questions are actually fantastic things in themselves because they spell out to you exactly what they require. Your role is to read them carefully and to actually interpret them correctly and understand what they are asking you for. So one approach is to go through the essay question with a very fine tooth comb and try to identify what you think the keywords are. These are words that might reference the topic they want you to discuss. They might reference, um, how they want you to address the subject matter. You know, they may give instructions about, you know, including this this and this where they've actually named two or three specific aspects of the topic they want you to cover. So go through the question, spend some time actually highlighting or underlining these keywords, and this will give you a really good starting point to make sure that you are addressing the question. Keep an eye out for the way that language is giving you clues about what they want you to do. For example, the essay question may say, Do this and this and address this and this, or it might say, Consider a all be where they want you to choose one or the other, not both. Misunderstanding those type of language clues is a key mistake students make, so make sure your understanding whether they want you to address everything or make a choice between several options. Another thing to keep an eye out for is plural. Are they asking for examples off something, which means several will have they specified to illustrate with an example indicating they want one example? And from that you can assume they would like further depth and detail about that one example. There are two distinct approaches that an essay may ask for. One is where you are describing a topic and showing the knowledge and the other is where you are analyzing aspects off the topic. So for the 1st 1 you're being asked to demonstrate your knowledge by exploring the features of a topic. Okay, and they they use words such as define, explain illustrate. Where is he feel being asked to actually demonstrate your knowledge by delving deeper into the analysis of different perspectives, models and theories. You expect to see questions like critically analyze, examine, consider, assess, investigate. So these words were really given you a clue about what they want you to do and how the essay question is asking you to show your knowledge to the markka, either by talking about a topic and showing a knowledge through that method or by analysing and assessing aspects of a topic or theory or ah, a phenomenon. 12. Question Purpose: to make sure that you are addressing the essay question specifically, it might be worth taking a few moments to sit back and just consider what the purpose off this essay is. Think about it from the point of view of your lecturer and the markers. What is it that they're looking for from you to show in your essay so that they can allocate you high marks? They want evidence that you have actually learned the content presented in the classes, but they also want evidence off you thinking independently and re researching more widely than simply what you've seen in class. By doing this, you can actually narrow down the focus off your approach to the essay and really zero in on a target and actually tale of the essay to meet the requirements off the marker and the lecture. 13. Do you Agree: to ensure that you are answering the essay question, Look for clues that the question wants you to profess an opinion about the topic or a statement somewhere. Say questions require you to think independently and put forward a perspective or view on a situation or a theory or an opinion, and you need to consider. Do you agree with what is stated in the essay question or do you not? And this could be a really good basis for the argument that you might present in your essay and could show good independent thinking and research because you would back up whatever you say with journal article references and work from the industry. 14. Use the Introduction: it could be argued that the introduction of an essay is the most important part of it. The reason for this is that it actually creates the context for what's going to be covered in the essay, and a good introduction always tells the reader what will be covered. So this is actually a road map, something that will guard not only the reader in the marker of your essay, so they know what's coming and what to expect, and they get a sense of the logic and the flow of the arguments to come. But it also helps you as you write your essay, because it will help you keep on track. It'll make sure you do. Answer the essay question. So if you can write a clear, succinct introduction that addresses all aspects off the essay question and does not address anything extra and sticks simply to the question, you can follow those topics as you Liston, so the sentence might go toward the end of the introduction. You may say this essay will firstly consider A B and C. Secondly, it will address whatever it's going to address, and finally this and something else will be considered in detail. Now this is your roadmap. And if you reflect that in the body of the essay, you are on track to having entered the question and stayed on track to get high marks. 15. Stay on Track: the final challenge for you as you write your essay to make sure that you do address the question is to make sure you stay on track. It's so easy to get involved in what you're researching and reading about to sort of diverge onto a different tangent, become interested in some small aspect of the topic and want to include what you've just learned in your essay. But this really doesn't help you. If you include all of these extra things into your essay, you're really going to distract your marker. They're going to be thinking, but this doesn't relate to the question. Why is it in here? So you need to be very strict with yourself and not include anything that doesn't relate to the question specifically. So one strategy, while you're writing the essay, is to simply take a moment to sit back and think. Does this still relate to my question? May say question. How does this relate to my essay question? Am I answering the question specifically enough? And if not delete whatever is not related? It's great that you've learned these new things, but don't include them in your essay. Cause will only detract from the mark. She'll achieve 16. 3. Ace Essay Conclusions: welcome Toe Ice s a conclusion. This is the final class in the Siri's that looks at how to improve your academic essays for university. In this class, we're going to look at what the purpose of a conclusion is, how to structure it. And really, what makes a powerful ending to your essay? My name is Shelly and over your teacher for this cloth. My qualifications include a masters from Melbourne University. For a degree that was very academic focused through this, I learned the out of essay writing as I saw my own work and marks improved of the time. I'm currently studying to become a library in my work in an academic library. Let's get started. 17. What is a Conclusion: what is a conclusion? A conclusion is an important part of an essay. It sums up the points you covered, But not only that, it articulates to the Rada the outcome off the arguments and discussions that you presented in the essay. So it's not simply a matter of repeating what has already been said. It's a matter of mentioning these things but drawing them together and forming a concluding statement that leads the viewer toward the end off the concept you presented. So it may finish with suggestions of further research required. Or it may make suggestions toward future developments future consequences off what you've been discussing. 18. Structure of Conclusions: just as the introduction often essay must be structured, logical and the body of an essay must be structured and logical. So much the conclusion. So let's explore what a good structure for a conclusion looks like. The first part of a conclusion needs to indicate to the Rada that D. C. Is now the concluding paragraph. Some people choose to do this with heading that says conclusion, but I prefer to use language that indicates that to the reader it could be as obvious as in conclusion. But you may also like to work on developing more interesting and innovative ways off indicating to your Rada that this is now the final paragraph. In the first part of the conclusion, I usually like to refer back to the main points covered in the essay. This orients the Rada reminds him of what we've covered and what we've been discussing and addressing. And this sets the platform for you to then draw these ideas together and actually lay the viewer with a meaningful ending, something to think about once they've stopped reading or say so. You've indicated to the Rada, but this is the concluding paragraph over your essay. You've given them a a brief summary of the main points covered. And now you're going to move on to the third part of your conclusion, which is to draw together your main points and make reference to the wider implications of what you have been discussing. This positions, your essay and your arguments family into the wider world. And it indicates to the radar and the markka off the essay that you understand where what you've written fits into the wider world. It's often quite challenging to know how to finish off your conclusion. How to indicate to a Rada that you finish what you've said. You've rounded off the essay, and that is the final sentence. One way of doing this is to make reference to the future. This could be a that future research is native or that in the future this topic will become more important because off La blah, these references to the future indicate that you said everything you need to say now, and it places the essay in a context off of moving forward in time, and that issue continuing to progress will be researched. You need to make sure it's a powerful final statement and it makes me clean to the radar that this is the end 19. Editing the Conclusion: as little aspects of your essay is washing. To edit your conclusion, I need to use words with purpose and clarity. Until that there are no filler words in your conclusion insure that it follows a logical structure. That it makes sense is you raid it and that when you are reading through it, imagine you are the Rada. And is it Is it obvious to you that this is the conclusion? Have you briefly touched on the main points off the essay? Have you left the radio with a sense of the purpose and future implications of what you've been talking about? Editing and refining your work and improving the quality of your writing is essential because the Marco Rubio S A is guys we left with the final impression. Romeo Conclusion needs to be strong, succinct and clean needs to be very well written, so I recommend editing several times, possibly over a few days. It's useful to to read over it several times, improve it as much as you can come back to it the next day, do the same process and come back the third day if you can stand it and try again, because it is amazing how much we can improve our work by going through it over and over again. 20. Conclusion Tips and Tricks: I would like to offer a few tips to help you write your conclusion. Often people feel overwhelmed and tired at this point, and they don't really know where to begin to write their conclusion. So number one look at your introduction. You can't simply copy your introduction. We'll give you the structure you need to get started because it covers the main areas that will be addressed in your in your essay so you can use those K points as a guide as to how Teoh begin the conclusion, tell the rate of what you've covered, and then from there you're moving on to the next steps of the conclusion, and often having started the process will then be easier. An essential point. Full conclusions is never put new information into a conclusion because you should have said everything you needed to say in the introduction in the body. So you be very careful to not introduce any new point or any new aspect of what you've been talking about. One final point with the conclusion is that you should never be having references in a conclusion. You don't need to refer Teoh, um, Teoh journals or anything like that in a conclusion. If you've done that, make sure you remove it. When you're writing a conclusion, you not sure quite how long it should be a really good guide is to consider around 10% off the word counts. So if it's a 2000 word essay, we'd be looking at somewhere around 200 words For your conclusion. However, it could be a little longer if you find you have some meaningful things to say. 21. Your Project Ace Essay Conclusions: if you've been taking this class, I imagine you have an assignment and I say that you're working on. So you're project for this cloth is to actually follow the instructions presented here and try writing your conclusion. And once you've finished following all of the steps, including the editing, I encourage you to upload your conclusion to the project's page, and I will read through it and we'll give you fade back and any hints like an offer to help you improve it. I really look forward to seeing your work. 22. Projects: so there are three projects for this class, and they all centre around essay writing. The first is for you to follow the directions in this class and write an introduction for your essay. If you then share this project on the project page, I'll be able to read your introduction and give you some feedback to possibly help you improve your work. The next project is to brought the body of the essay based on the class instruction, and you can share this on the project page and I'll glance through your your body of the essay to see whether it contains the structure and clarity that it requires to be successful. It's really worthwhile submitting your work online in these forums because getting fade back for your essays really helps you improve because you don't know what you don't know. Finally, the third project for this class is to write your conclusion, followed the directions in the class, summarize what you've covered and end on a strong, convincing note. In your conclusion, please share your conclusions on the project page. I'll read them and give you some useful feedback to help improve your work. These projects are designed to really advance your skills in essay writing and to help you get better marks. So I really strongly encourage you to complete the projects, to participate actively online by submitting and sharing what you've written so that I can help you the best way I can. Happy riding. 23. Write an Essay in 3 Easy Steps Thanks: Congratulations on complaining this class. I really hope these three lessons have really helped you to write your essays. University. I know it s a painful and hard work, but simply sitting down following the steps presented in this class, we hope you get done and hopefully help you improve them in a chief high marks. Feel free to ask any questions that you have on the discussion forum. And if you want me to have a quick look at your introduction or conclusion, feel free to submit those as well. And I'm happy to give you some faith back. I've worked for years as an essay initial, so I have a lot of experience and knowledge. We'll get writing hard to get your monster improving that you found your ugly. Get us a written much easier. Give me some feedback. Review the class and good luck with your riding. We'll see you for the next class. Bye. Academia is an entire world on its own. And unless you've come from an academic family, you're likely not to have any idea even exists before 2013. I have no idea what academia Waas. I studied a finance degree. I was working, Rito and I was ready to do something more skilled and more meaningful. So I undertook a masters at Melbourne University and this two year degree was very, very academic. So I had to learn how to write excites from scratch. I'll never forget the experience of trying to write my first master's s A. I had five different guides in front of me and I was literally pouring through them trying to understand What should a body Vanessa be? How do you conclude the S A. I have no idea. And I achieved a credit or possibly my first say, And from then my lob steadily improved. I'm now completing my second masters degree, where he academic library, and I'm going to be a librarian. So I wanted to share my knowledge off academia and essay writing with you guys just to help make your job easier