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Tried And Tested Techniques For Completing An Illustrative Essay


Illustrative essays can be quite difficult to get right. Often, pupils think that they are the easiest of all types of writing, and, therefore, do not try hard to make them good. There are, though, in fact, particular ways in which it is possible to make your writing stand out without putting in extra effort. Just follow these easy tried and tested methods of completing your illustrative essay.

  • Use examples and make sure they have a point!
  • Having examples to illustrate your point is a very important part of an illustrative essay. However, using examples without any point is a real shame, since it takes effort and gets you no marks. So make sure that you use examples effectively. This way it takes less effort but still gets you plenty of marks!

  • Examples are great, but too many get boring
  • Although examples are a really good way of making and supporting your point, you must make sure you do not sound too repetitive. By simply bombarding the reader with an example upon example, you are no longer illustrating your point elegantly and effectively. Instead, your essay sounds long-winded, boring and dry. It is better to have only a handful of anecdotes in your writing that are perfectly suited to the subject at hand, and then to expand upon these few, rather than have 10+ little examples that you do not expand upon. Once again, having more examples can be much more work, and it simply doesn’t get you the good marks!

  • Make your conclusion sound
  • Your reader ought to be able to read just your introduction and conclusion and know exactly what your paper is about. Therefore, both need to be excellent. The introduction is much easier than the conclusion, however: state the general idea that needs to be proved. The conclusion might seem much more difficult, but you shouldn’t have to put more effort into it. Just remember:

    1. Do not add anything new to the conclusion. Everything that you reference here should be in the main body of the paper, too.
    2. Make sure that the conclusion does reference the rest of the essay and isn’t off topic. If it helps, read the title, and then the body of the text before you start writing the conclusion.
    3. Make the conclusion sound final. Do not end on an unsure note. You have argued for a thesis throughout your essay, and here is where you conclude that it is correct.