Creating an Outstanding History Essay in 5 Steps
Creating an outstanding essay in any topic can use the same principles. It's just that in this particular article we are talking about creating an outstanding history essay. The usual basic steps apply.
The choice of topic is all-important. If your history teacher has allowed you to choose the topic, it is still wise to ask the teacher's opinion on a topic you have settled on. Does it have enough depth? Is your topic too general meaning that you will never be able to write much about anything because you're covering such a wide range? Is this a topic which many students have written about before and thus you run the risk of being compared unfavourably to the work of the students?
Having settled on the topic you need to follow the following five steps.
- Know the format and requirements of the essay.
- Find and study appropriate research material.
- Draw up a plan or outline and fill it with details.
- Write the first draft of your essay as quickly as possible.
- Subject your essay to rigorous proofreading and editing.
It is almost a criminal offence for a student to choose the right topic, prepare well, research well and write well only to make a fundamental error as far as the format and requirements of the essay are concerned. Have you written enough or too many words? Have you handed the essay in by the required time? Get the basics right.
Your history essay will only be outstanding if you can rely on comments from experienced writers who know the period of history you have chosen. This means you need to conduct enough research into relevant research material. You need to collect information which enables you to make sufficient points causing your essay to be branded as outstanding.
You should never commence writing your history essay until you have fully completed an outline. Your thesis statement, the main points and any supporting points you wish to make as well as your summary will all be detailed in your outline.
If you have completed your outline the way it should be completed you're in a position to tackle the writing of your history essay and to do so with great speed. By doing so you give yourself a chance to have your enthusiasm and love and knowledge of the subject spill over into your writing. You do not stop to think about such things as spelling and punctuation -- that can be looked at later. You write as quickly as you can with all the passion you can muster while referring to your outline.
You must spend the time editing and proofreading your history essay. It is never finished until step five has been completed in full.