How to structure an essay?

An essay structure relates largely to putting thoughts and ideas coherently on paper in the form of an argument or case building. To structure an essay tactfully, and smartly, it is important to ensure that the communication and presentation of ideas is done in a simple and orderly manner so that it is easy for the reader to understand. It is important to choose an essay writing service that pays close attention to the structure of the essay to ensure that all ideas are presented in a manner such that they are individually interlinked to form the broader argument and/or case of the essay.

An essay writing service which can predict how to best collect and present information to facilitate the reader’s understanding, as well as the writer’s case is usually successful in drafting A-grade essays. This also ensures that the essay structure matches the requirements, and the topic on which it is being discussed. The structure of an essay varies from one essay type to another, and no standard structure is applicable. However, a few simple guidelines will help the essayist in developing a strong structure for his essay.

All essay types follow the basic structure of having an introduction, a main body and a conclusion. An essayist and also an essay writing service must focus on these parts to ensure that the essay is structured correctly. Important points to remember in each sections are:


  • Introduce the topic
  • Present the thesis statement
  • Provide a road map to the essay
  • Keep it simple, short and interesting
  • Try to grab the reader’s attention and engage him


  • Focus one idea in one paragraph
  • Do not use overwhelming information
  • Stay focused in each paragraph
  • Use transitions between paragraphs to develop coherence between ideas
  • Develop the discussion. It will be useful for the essayist and the essay writing service to develop specific questions in the outline, and then answer them during the drafting of the main body of the essay
  • Use authentic research and examples as evidence to support the arguments and ideas


  • Restate the thesis statement
  • Summarize the main arguments as support of the thesis statement and position
  • Offer personal reflection if needed and allowed
  • It is important for the essayist and the essay writing service to remember to never introduce new ideas or arguments in the conclusion; but rather just wrap up the ones already presented.
structure an essay

The structure of the essay should focus especially on ensuring that the essay is not a walk through one. This means that the essayist and the essay writing service as well should be alert to develop new and individual points and arguments, instead of just presenting older researches and learning. Resources, instead, should be used to develop own point of view, and in support of own stance and position. Following these simple reminders and guidelines will help in structuring the essay better and more coherently.

What an Essay Is All About – Starting to Work On Your Essay

Here is a brief detail about what you are expected to work on in an essay. More importantly, it is important to focus on HOW to work on the essay the following are brief guidelines for your help.

Writing the essay – the introduction, main body, and the conclusion

Writing an introduction of an essay

To write a good introduction for an essay, it is important that the essayist as well as the essay writing service begins by using an attention grabber. Academic essays, and research based essays are non-fiction compositions that require a lot of attention on part of the reader. To make it easy for the reader, as well as to engage him, the essayist must capture his attention through the introduction. This may be done through introducing a unique and an interesting fact, asking a challenging question, or even relating an incident or an example briefly. These means will help in developing an interesting and a more organized introduction.

After grabbing the attention of the reader, it is important to then introduce the thesis statement for the essay. Development and presentation of the thesis statement is the most important part of writing an introduction. This is because the thesis statement lets the reader knows not only about the topic, but also the essayist’s position and stance on the topic. It is therefore important for the essayist as well as any essay writing service to carefully develop the thesis statement. Additional two or three sentences could also be added to the thesis statement to clarify the writer’s opinion and position on the topic.

Finally, the introduction should present a roadmap for the essay. This means that the introduction should briefly, but comprehensively prepare the reader for what to expect in the paper in terms of sections as well as arguments if possible. However, it is important to note that this roadmap should be concrete, but very brief. Following these basic parts of writing an introduction will help the essayist develop a strong introduction – which will then serve as a foundation on which the entire essay will be built.

Writing the main body of an essay

After developing the introduction, the essay then moves forward towards the main body. The main body is the most important and relevant part of the essay as it allows the essayist to prove his point using concrete evidence and facts. The most important part of the main body of an essay are its numerous paragraphs. These paragraphs are used to build, develop, and communicate individual and unique ideas that work towards the building of the overall argument of the case. The length and number of the paragraphs depend on two things. Firstly, it depends on the word limit allowed for the essay. If the word limit is moderate or short, it is suggested to focus on few ideas and points, instead of overwhelming the reader with higher amounts of information hate re not sufficiently built or explained. However, if there is a higher word limit allowed, the essayist may use more paragraphs to detail more arguments or ideas. Secondly, the number of paragraphs also depends on the nature of argument as well as the nature of ideas. This means that a paragraph will be longer and more detailed if the argument or/and the idea is complicated. If the idea and/or the argument is simpler, the paragraph may also be shorter.

An important pointer to remember about darting and developing the paragraphs for the essay’s main body is to remember that only one idea or argument can be developed and presented in one paragraph. Each paragraph is like a miniature essay in itself, and therefore must have an introduction. This is developed through topic sentence, which introduces the idea, or the argument in the paragraph. This is followed by supporting evidence to strengthen the argument, and elaborate on the idea. Evidence should be strong and authentic – and academic in nature. The paragraph should then include with the restatement of the idea being discussed, and how it supports the thesis statement.

It is important to use referencing and resources during the use of evidence and academic resources. Similarly, it is important to use transitions when moving from one paragraph to another to maintain cohesiveness and unity throughout the essay.

Writing the conclusion of an essay

The conclusion of the essay wraps up the arguments and closes the essay. This is done primarily by restating the thesis statement. The restatement is now supported by major points and arguments that have been developed throughout the essay as supporting evidence for the thesis statement. After briefly presenting the summary of the essay arguments, the essayist may also briefly, present his own reflections or ideas about the topic. This reflection, over, should be based on insights developed through the essay arguments.

The conclusion for a say is generally one paragraph, and may also exceed to two. The essayist and the essay writing service should never introduce a new idea, concept or argument in the conclusion. Rather the focus should be on reaching a broader conclusion or result from the arguments presented. This result should be tied back to the thesis statement.

In addition, the conclusion may also, if allowed by the instructions of the essay, give recommendations, make predictions, or identify avenues for future research and learning. At the same time, the conclusion may also hint towards any, if applicable, limitations of the essay topic, and related research. It is also often useful to discuss the implications of the research during the final conclusion of the essay.

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Examples of essay structure

The general essay structure followed for academic essays includes the main point and thesis statement being discussed in the introduction. The supporting points and evidence for the thesis are discussed in the main body. The conclusion reiterates the thesis statements and the arguments presented. However, there are different types of essay, and each requires a different structure to meet the needs of the essayist. Out writing service excels in all types of essay structuring. Some examples of essay structures are detailed below briefly for your facilitation and knowledge.

Argumentative essay structure

An argumentative essay discusses a challenging and conflicting topic, where the essayist chooses one side, and opposes the other. The essay and its subsequent arguments are also based on allowing the essayist to prove his point. The structure for an argumentative essay includes:

  • Introduction – thesis statement is mentioned, and the essayist’s position on the topic is also made clear
  • Main body
    • Supporting arguments
    • Refuting opposing arguments in one to two paragraphs
  • Conclusion – reiteration of a thesis statement, and supporting evidence for the essayist’s position on the topic briefly summarized.

Structure of an opinion essay

An opinion essay is a formal piece of writing which communicates the essayist’s point of view to the reader. This type of essay requires concrete evidence, and the essayist’s opinion must be supported by reasoned arguments, and/or examples as well if needed. The opposing viewpoint may also be discussed in one paragraph. The general structure is:

  • Introduction – thesis statement, and essayist’s opinion on it
  • Main body
    • Supporting arguments for essayist’s opinion
    • Arguments supported by facts, evidence, and authentic resources
    • Discussion of opposing opinion if needed
  • Conclusion – reiteration of thesis statement and brief summary of essayists reasons for his chosen opinion.
Argumentative essay structure

Persuasive essay structure

A persuasive essay is written to persuade the reader in favor of your argument and stance on the topic. Like other essay structures, it will have:

  • Introduction – a clear drafting of the thesis statement and the main argument which will serve as a guide for the rest of the essay
  • The main body – comprising of three or more paragraphs – depending on the word limit and complication of the idea
    • Will provide supporting material in the form of facts, experience and examples
    • Will have to include academically sourced evidence to strengthen persuasion
  • Conclusion – will summarize the arguments, and reiterate the thesis statement to make the author’s standing clear, and justified.

Structure of analytical essay

An analytical essay relates to analyzing a topic. This means that the essayist forms deeper connections between the theme and the concepts, and joins them through clear review and analysis. The analytical essay will also have:

  • An introduction with a clear thesis statement
  • A main body which will detail the analysis of the topic with supporting evidence
    • The main body will have multiple paragraphs, each relating to specific details and idea sonly
  • A conclusion which will wrap up the findings and the analysis, and relate it back to thesis statement

Structure of academic essay

An academic essay is a formal piece of writing with professional tones used. The academic essay is used to discuss topics in detail, with supporting evidence to make the topic clear as well as justify it coherently. Like all essays, it is divided into three sections:

  • Introduction with a clear thesis statement
  • Main body with supporting paragraphs and evidence
  • Conclusion with summary of evidence and thesis statement

An academic essay, however, is based concretely on academic findings, and literature – and therefore focuses especially on the use of resources, and referencing.

Comparative essay structure

As the name suggest, a comparative essay is where the essayist compares and judges’ topics and subjects based on the similarities and differences. Comparative essay topics usually contain two or more elements that need to be discussed in relation with each other. The structure for a comparative essay usually is:

  • An introduction with a clearly stated thesis statement
  • The main body with multiple paragraphs
    • The paragraphs ill detail similarities and differences of the elements needed to be discussed in the topic
    • The essay may discuss one element completely, and then the other or;
    • It may also carry the discussion side by side, where characteristics of the elements are compared for similarities and differences
  • Conclusion with a summary of the comparison, and restatement of the thesis statement

Structure of reflective essay

A reflective essay maintains focus on past literature and research findings. The essayist is required to provide a summary of these findings from previous studies relating to the topic, and present it coherently, and cohesively for the reader. The essay structure for a reflective essay will include:

  • An introduction that introduces the topic and the thesis statement
  • A main body that comprises of different paragraphs. Each paragraph will detail unique and individual research findings, with no over lapping information
  • A conclusion with a summer, a restatement of the thesis statement, and if allowed by the essay instruction, the writer’s own opinion and stance on the topic.

Structure of narrative essay

A narrative essay is a story. The essayist relates an incident, or an experience, and the events described in the essay usually take a chronological order and form. For this essay, the structure will be

  • An introduction which will grab the reader’s attention and engage him, and a clear thesis statement
  • The main body, which will have multiple paragraphs. Fir a narrative essay, the main body will:
    • Set the back ground about the incident or the experience
    • Introduce and develop characters
    • Introduction to the event briefly
    • Development of the story
    • Climax
    • Ending to the story
  • The conclusion for a narrative essay will detail a moral or a lesson from the experience or the incident. It may also include the significant, and implication if needed.

Discussion essay structure

In a discussion essay, the essayist is supposed to discuss the topic. This means that the essayist will elaborate on both sides of an arguments, or on different perspectives of the topic. In the end, the essayist will share his own opinion on the topic, and conclude with support from the evidence discussed. The typical structure includes:

  • An introduction, that introduced the topic and the thesis statement
  • A main body which details the topic, and examines it from both sides
  • A conclusion, which recaps the discussion briefly, and also allows the essayist room to discuss his own opinion.

Structure of 5 paragraph essay

A five paragraph essay, as the name suggests, is based one five paragraphs only. The introductory paragraph introduces the topic and the thesis statement. The following three paragraphs are used to support and develop the topic. The conclusion summarizes the topic, and reiterates the thesis statement.

Cause and effect essay structure

The cause and effect essay, also popularly known as the reason and result essay, is used to determine the pattern between the causes and effects on different situations, phenomenon, and/or actions. The essayist will need to be highly analytical, and will also need to be alert cognitively, and analyze detail for identifying any pattern that may be present. The essayist will therefore require to observe events and actions more closely, and more critically. Depending on the nature of the topic, as well as the instructions, it is possible that only a part of the essay discusses the cause and effect, and it is also possible that the entire essay is based on the cause and effect discussion.

The topical structure involves:

  • Introduction which will introduce the topic, make clear all terms and phrases, and intrusive clear thesis statement
  • Main body which will explore the cause and the effect, and identify any pattern being formed
  • Conclusion which will recap the evidence built during main body, and connect it back to the thesis statement

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