Once they are down there it will be easier for you to start to review them critically and to see where you need to focus your reading and note taking.
Essentially, this is what you are doing within the essay process: breaking ideas down, then building them up again.
To start you off, and to minimise the likelihood of writer’s block, a useful exercise is to do a ‘brainstorm’ of all your ideas in connection with the essay title. It can be much less stressful to throw all your thoughts down on paper, before you start trying to find answers to these questions.
It can be a way of making a lot of progress quite quickly. In these early stages of your thinking you may not be sure which of your ideas you want to follow up and which you will be discarding.
You need to read every single word of it, and to squeeze out as much guidance you can from the title.
Then you need to plan how you will respond to every single element of the title.The guidance given to you by the title is freely available, and is your best clue to what is required in your essay. Three, answer the question.’ This is important at the start, but also throughout your writing, as it can be easy to drift away and waste valuable words from your word limit by writing material that may be interesting, but which is not relevant to the title set.As a tutor has said (Creme and Lea, 1997 p41): ‘When my students ask me about essay writing, there are three main pieces of advice that I give them. The Mini Guide: Essay terms explained, and Questions to ask about interpreting essay titles may be useful.All three of the processes described above will inform your decisions about what you need to read for a particular essay.If left unplanned, the reading stage can swallow up huge amounts of time.The essay should start with the first paragraph with a clear thesis statement (idea), but you must read background information first.You should start with the following steps: You cannot use all of your thoughts in a single essay.If you notice that size of your essay is too long, edit and make it shorter but still clear in the end.This Study Guide addresses the topic of essay writing.The word limit adds to the challenge by requiring that all of these skills be demonstrated within a relatively small number of words.Producing incisive and clear written work within a word limit is an important skill in itself, which will be useful in many aspects of life beyond university.