Use Good Sample Essays
Writing a good essay requires a lot of practice. There are simpler and easier ways to develop this skill.
Here is one such method.
The method is called as practice with purpose. Let get to the business right away.
- Step 1: Take a sample
- Step 2: Understand the elements of style and elements of persuasion, you like in that essay.
- Step 3: Make a list of them and practice them.
- Step 4: Take another essay of the similar nature.
- Step 5: Apply those elements of style and elements of persuasion to write that new essay.
Practice with Purpose
Here is an example… the two essays shown below are similar in many respects..
- both talk about school education
- They are agree disagree type of essays
- The vocabulary to be used is academic (school-education)
- We can use them as templates to learn writing on similar topics.
Topic 1:Everyone should stay in school until the age of eighteen. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
It is often said that if you want to succeed in life, you need a proper school-education. I would agree with this, but it is debatable whether a proper education means having to stay in school until 18 years of age.
Perhaps the strongest reason not leaving school early is that it prepares you for your working career. If you leave school early with only a basic education, you are unlikely to be able to find any skilled work. Indeed, the education one receives between the ages of 16 and 18 is crucial for skilled work and a fulfilling life experience. Another compelling reason for remaining in school until 18 is that school provides moral and social education too. This is particularly important for people between 16 and 18 who have many temptations. Young people who stay in school until the age of 18 tend to be more responsible and help build a stronger society.
There are however, equally strong arguments against making school compulsory until the age of 18. One such argument is that not everyone is academically inclined and that some people benefit more from vocational training. For instance, someone who wants to become a car mechanic may find better training and more satisfaction in an apprentice scheme. Another related argument is that, in today’s world, young people are maturing ever more quickly and are able to make their own life decisions by the age of 16.
To my mind, everyone should be encouraged to stay in school until 18. However, I believe it would be a mistake to make this compulsory.
Topic 2:Some people believe that studying in a university or a college is the best route to a successful career while others believe that it is better to get a job straight after school. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Relationship between education and job
- How good education helps you to get a job.
- Importance of practical approach
The best course of action would be take the middle path.
Higher education is generally considered as a ticket to a great career. However there are many exceptions to this view also. Let us dig a little deeper to understand this subject holistically.
When we look around we see many examples of successful people who came from a very humble educational background. Many of them completed schooling only and some were college drop-outs. Mark Zukerberg and Bill Gates are two prominent examples to corroborate the view that a college degree is not mandatory for success. From India, we have Dhiru Bhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance, to cite as a well-known example.
Is college degree totally useless then? Should colleges shut-shop? Well, higher qualification is definitely an asset. Many professionals such as doctors, engineers, politicians, lawyers owe a lot of their success to their college-education.The fact of the matter is that one should go for college degree, if one is sure that whatever he learns in the college will help him in his future-life.
Arguably, personal-interest and passion matters more than college degree. Example of Steve Jobs can serve as a point-of-reference in this regard. He quit college and studied calligraphy as he was interested in it. Later this skill helped him to develop fonts in Apple-computers. Similarly, Elon Musk the founder of Tesla Motors, self-trained himself on Space-science and founded the renowned space-company ‘Space-X’. These stars never attended a college, but they were led by a dream to excel and do good in the field of their interest.
The bottom line is – knowledge is undeniably a valuable asset; however, college degree is not the only means to acquire knowledge and be successful.