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good expository essay

What makes a good expository essay

Dec 12, 2012 - Posted to  Essay Writing
As for a student or writer the demand for expository essays is very high not only because of its use in exams and writing textbooks but also because it is an umbrella category for many common essays such as, the comparison and contrast, problem-solution, how-to and cause and effect essay. And due to the generality of expository writing a lot of emphasis is placed not so much on what they are but how they should be constructed and the best means of excelling and outperforming others in that construction.
These types of essays and ones similar to them satisfy people's genuine need to be informed and educated about matters pertaining to their personal lives, work-related tasks and educational pursuits. With that in mind, one of the main things that a writer should strive to achieve in expository writing is to simply provide readers with useful and beneficial information.

Tip #1: Provide facts and information that are beneficial to the reader

Since the purpose of an expository essay is to inform through analysis, a good essay will satisfy this purpose by adequately informing the reader with supportive evidences, examples and any other information that will relay the main objective and message of the essay. In essence, all writing should strive to be beneficial to the reader. But all too often students or writers may become enwrapped in the goal of completing an assignment and forget about really how helpful that information is that they are providing.
*For example; many people utilize a form of comparison and contrast essay known as the consumer review. These type of articles can be extremely helpful to individuals interested in buying a vacuum cleaner for example, or a new car, or toy for their child. Being informed of the relevant facts regarding the item along with that of its competitor can help individual make informed decisions prospective purchases. Yet, if the writer of the essay were to do very little research into the functions and performance of each product or similarly not experiment with their effectiveness, then how helpful will that essay be to the consumer?
Expository writing relies heavily on facts- so in creating any type of essay under this category it's very important to properly research and investigate support evidences before including them in your paper. Reliable information is good information. One of the best ways to win over a reader (whether they be a consumer or your professor) is to provide adequate and sufficient findings that prove the reliability and dependability of your research efforts.

Tip #2: Avoid biased or slighted information

Though the writing in this category does involve providing and sustaining a point, its purpose weighs more on the informative end of things rather than the persuasive end. So providing evidences to support a claim or judgment is not the same as providing those proofs to persuade or convince (as with argumentative or persuasive essays for example). Because of this, it is important to avoid presenting biased and slighted information when supporting a claim. Though most writing contains some type of bias, with expository writing its very important to stick as close to the facts as possible and provide the reader with a well rounded, objective view of the topic.

Tip #3: Choose a topic that you're connected to

This may seem like one of the last things to consider when thinking of how to improve your essay, but believe it or not, this one step can not only improve your efficiency and competency in covering the topic but also make the experience more enjoyable for you and the reader. A lot of times the energy from the writer spills over into the work and any enthusiasm and eagerness you execute can manifest itself in your writing. This may come in the form of realistic, personal examples as well as insightful thoughts and considerations in the conclusion section of your paper.
Even if a general topic is selected for you by an instructor or professor you can still utilize some creativity and personality by narrowing the topic down slightly to something more suitable to your interest. And if you have a free-hand to choose your own topic think carefully about choosing one that you would not only would like to write about but that you have the time and resources to properly investigate.

Tip#4: Select variables that will make a good argument

A key factor in creating essays that compare two or more items, such as cause and effect, compare and contrast or problem-solution essays, is to make sure that each item illustrates a clear and sound relationship to the other. For example, if writing a problem-solution essay on the problem of teenage alcohol and drug abuse when expanding upon various solutions each solution you present needs to be one that can effectively solve the problem at hand. Likewise, the way that solution works or proves to be sufficient should also be detailed with evidences, examples, and illustrations.
*For instance, with teenage alcohol and drug abuse, the posed solution 'in-school support services' may not be as strong as the solution 'empowering parents through training and education' simply because the effects of the parent on an adolescent (in most cases) versus the effect of the support program will likely be stronger and more effective in the long term. Therefore the second solution will provide a more sound and weighty argument.

Tip #5: Create an outline

An outline is a basic but efficient means of preparing for any type of essay. It helps you to better organize your ideas and ensure that all points and ideas are sufficiently explored within your essay. An outline does not necessarily have to be formal in structure, but if not accustomed to essay writing or simply unfamiliar with a topic its better to create a formal outline that clearly shows the connections between ideas, supportive evidences, and your thesis statement. Though for less formal papers, or more familiar subjects, an outline can be loosely organized and followed before and after research is conducted by easily typing or writing out a list of categories and sub points to cover.
Additionally, a significant and viable means of producing a quality essay is to not only provide a sufficient argument with appropriate evidences, but to also adhere to some set traits of writing. Most writing traits are tried and proven and if executed properly can do nothing but yield an exceptional essay. An example of these types of traits include the well-known seven traits of writing (or 6+1) which include: having sound and interesting ideas, appropriate and logical organization, a clear and distinct voice, varied choice of words, fluid sentences, proper grammar usage and mechanics, and a professional and polished presentation.
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