Make the point first and then use the evidence to support it.
My third guideline for writing an essay is to use a plan.
Hello, my name is Robin Banerjee and I'm a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sussex.
I teach many first year, second year and third year students so if you come into the Psychology department I'm sure I'll see lots of you while you're here.
It may be the case that there will be material that you've read that really isn't relevant to the point that you want to make in this essay - so decide what the best pieces of evidence are to support the points that you actually want to make in this essay.
My next guideline for writing an essay is to make sure that you give it to someone else to read.So the most important thing about the plan is to decide what your main points are and to express them in complete sentences -- not just what are you going to talk about but what are you going to say about it?Once you've got that sequence of key points expressed in complete sentences you should have a pretty good summary of your essay.Today I'm going to be talking a little bit about guidelines for writing essays.Now I'm sure that when you've got essays to write you'll find lots of different instructions to follow for the different assignments that you've got, and of course you'll have to pay attention to them.Use examples and evidence to support the points that you're making.Don't run through a whole range of different examples and pieces of evidence and theories and then at the end say the point that you want to make about it.The reader needs to know what you're saying and needs to be aware of the path that you are taking in the essay.So don't wait until the very end of the essay to reveal the main point that you're trying to communicate.They'll talk about lots of things that relate to the question but they don't actually give you an answer to the question.So if the title is in the form of a question, make sure you answer the question.