What Are the Four Types of Essays?

Knowing how to choose the writing style you need is a very important step forward, no matter where on the educational ladder you are currently standing on.

Essay writing is a commonly given assignment in both high school and college. Professors’ main goal is teaching any student how to write well and prepare for the job market’s expected requirements. Writing prepares us for life, whether we want to admit it or not – resume and CV writing is a necessary tool in today’s society and cover letter writing comes next in line. To get the job that we desire and ace those interviews, any recruiter will firstly look at our written pieces. If we don’t impress them enough, it might be challenging for us to climb the success ladder and get those positions we are striving to achieve.

In any case, it’s rather important to know which type of essay we use when and how many types there are. It comes handy whenever we are not decided on what writing style is best to implement. Here are the four main types of essays – check them out!

1. The Narrative Essay

The purpose of a narrative essay is to offer the audience a complex view of what happened to the author at some point in the past. Its main goal is describing the event and interactions that took place back then. Here are the steps you’ll need to go through –

  • Prepare for the writing process – what are the requirements that your professor/someone else is asking for? What do they want to find out about that event?
  • Ask yourself: what is the source of your information? How will you get inspired to write about that event?
  • Think well about the ideas that you will be covering and make sure it fits the audience’s request
  • Avoid topics that are old or overrated
  • Start jotting down your outline and engaging in the writing process
  • Don’t forget to edit and proofread at the end to make sure your work is smoothly written!

To proofread, there are many online services available to help you out. Some of the best include Grammarly, The Hemingway Editor, After the Deadline, or Wordy.

2. The Argumentative Essay

The first thing to do when writing an argumentative essay is brainstorming. If you are not able to find serious ideas to debate and support, your essay won’t be called “Argumentative.” You need great arguments to prove a point, but in order to do that, you must learn how to choose them. Here are some questions to consider before starting:

  • What caused this idea to pop up in my head?
  • How important is it to me and to others?
  • Is there any way in which I could improve my statement?
  • Could I come up with a thesis and support my idea properly?
  • What should we do about it? What’s the solution?

Now that you’ve picked your cause, make sure you –

  • Write a very good thesis statement that you can further support
  • Refute any possible objections by mentioning them before the other party will
  • Provide a roadmap of your ideas at the beginning of your work so your audience know what you will be presenting
  • Introduce stats and researched facts to make your points stronger
  • Check with any writing service to make sure your ideas connect
  • Urge the audience to adopt your point of view!

3. The Analytical Essay

First and foremost, you need to understand the goal of your essay – so, what’s the goal of an analytical written assignment? The objective is to present an argument (pertinent argument!) on the issue that you are currently analyzing. Most analytical essays focus on book or movie reviews, but this type of essay can also be used in other circumstances, depending on your needs. So:

  • Decide what you want to write about
  • Brainstorm ideas before beginning to jot down a plan
  • Find your thesis statement and make sure every single argument links back to it
  • Strengthen your essay by bringing lots of supporting evidence
  • Make a custom outline of your work and ask for a professional writer to check it before filling in ideas
  • Start filling in your ideas!

To make sure your essay rocks, don’t forget to proofread it and check it for small mistakes and errors. There are affordable online services specially designed for proofreading, so you could always ask for their help. If, however, you have an expert friend interested in helping you out, proofreading them for free sounds even better. But, like Nike: just (make sure you) do it!

4. The Expository Essay

This type of essay provides a quick explanation of a concept, idea, or issue at stake. The main reason you’d want to use an expository essay is to briefly evaluate the pros and cons of a specific idea and investigate it. You can do that by comparing and contrasting the concepts discussed, provide definitions, give pertinent examples, and analyze the cause and effect of a particular situation. Here is some quick advice on how to write your best expository essay:

  • Keep your introduction short but very informative
  • Have at least three main paragraphs in your body – make sure you analyze all the concepts presented and provide explanations for them
  • Summarize by making a clear and concise conclusion

To facilitate the academic writing process and catch the attention of your reader –

  • Present new data and facts in an unorderly fashion
  • Help your audience understand your points by asking yourself “why?” after any written idea
  • Explain to them what the goal of this essay is and provide support for every single one of your claims

Knowing how to choose the writing style you need is a very important step forward, no matter where on the educational ladder you are currently standing on. Make sure you always brainstorm, connect ideas, write down outlines, and research well before submitting your essay. Also, proofreading and editing are highly important as well – no great author has ever made grammar mistakes or punctuation errors. Go with your intuition and ace those essays, interviews, or cover letter assignments! Keep your head high and heart strong. Good luck!

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