He received his Ph D in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
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Each paragraph discusses one major point and each paragraph should lead directly to the next. The question may be of the form: Compare questions usually present you with two or more terms, instruments, concepts or procedures that are closely connected, and sometimes confused.
The paragraphs are tied together with an introduction and a conclusion. When we are asked to describe or explain causes, factors, functions or results, the examiner wants us to group our facts. The purpose of the essay is to explain the similarities between them.
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.
Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.
Tip: If possible, have someone else check your work.
When you’ve been looking at your own writing for too long, your brain begins to fill in what it expects to see rather than what’s actually there, making it harder for you to spot mistakes.
The purpose of an essay is for you to say something for yourself using the ideas of the subject, for you to present ideas you have learned in your own way. then it is clear that a balanced essay is required.
The emphasis should be on working with other people's ideas, rather than reproducing their words, but your own voice should show clearly. That is to say you should present both sides of an argument, without necessarily committing yourself to any points of view, which should always be based on evidence, until the final paragraph.