Writing an essay

What is an essay?

An academic essay is a piece of writing in which you present your position on a topic, and support that position by evidence.

An essay has three main parts: introduction, body, and conclusion.

  • In the introduction, you put forward your position (this can take the form of a question or an argument) and its relevance to the chosen topic.
  • In the body of an essay, you support your position through logically connected paragraphs supported by evidence and linked through transitions.
  • In the conclusion, you tell your reader how the points you have made in the body have addressed the question or supported your argument.