Writing an Essay is like Baking a Cake...
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Writing an Essay is like Baking a Cake...

This easy to understand method will let you uplevel your essay writing.

At Platute we know that baking is a delicate process. All of the ingredients are essential, the consistency has to be right and the process takes time. 


There are many different types of cake; chocolate, lemon and red velvet to name a few. Each type of cake has different ingredients which make them unique. Similarly, every literary work you will study has features which make it distinctive. 

 

Cracking the Egg


Reading the question is easy. Understanding the question is another story. 


Highlight the key words

Transform the question into your own words by brainstorming synonyms

Redefine your argument with the words of the question, ask a Platute tutor if you aren't sure how. 


The Icing on the Cake

 

An introduction is like the first mouthful of cake. You want your tutor to be blown away by the power of your argument and sophisticated understanding of the question. 

Thesis: answer the question and share your opinion on the unit of study

Introduce the texts: make sure you include the full title of the text(s), author’s full name, the form and when it was written. E.g. ‘William Shakespeare’s Renaissance Era tragedy Hamlet’

Points: what are the 3 mini-arguments that come together to prove your overall argument? 


Slice, slice, baby!

 

1. Point

The topic sentence should be made up of two ingredients; the point you are making and what this reveals about the question. 

2. Context

Texts are products of the contexts in which they were created; author, time, place. Take a step back and explain to your reader how the author’s environment led to the text’s formation.

3. Example

Choose evidence from the text, rich with techniques, to support the argument you are making. These quotes should move through the text, with the intention of tracking the progression of characters, themes and textual integrity. 

4. Analysis

Dive deeper into the quote. What was the purpose of this quote?  How does it make the audience feel? Does this reveal anything about the author’s context? What does it reveal about the characters or story? These are all questions you can answer when you analyse, in the terms of the question. 

5. Link

This is the final bite of the cake; leave your reader (and tutor) wanting more. Provide a sound judgement which concludes your point and answers an aspect of the question. It is helpful to include hints into what the next paragraph may entail and bridge together your argument. 

 

Licking the Bowl

 

Editing and refining your essay multiple times is essential to presenting a sophisticated and thorough understanding of the unit of study. Look for syntax errors, word choice and grammatical mishaps and with every sentence think - is there a clearer way of saying this. At Platute, this is our specialty - and we are here to help!

 

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