Review the structure

Once you've written your essay, it's important to put it aside for a few days – if you have time – to get some distance. A bit of space helps you view your work objectively.

The most effective way to edit is to read your work a few times, focusing on different elements each time.

On your first read, think about the essay as a whole. Ask yourself:

  • Is the reader left with one clear message when they finish reading?
  • Is that message what I really want to say?
  • Does my essay have a clear introduction, body and conclusion?
  • Have I covered all the points in my plan?
  • Is my argument convincing?
  • Do I contradict myself at all?
  • Does my writing flow well?

And, most importantly:

  • Have I answered the question?
Try to be critical but constructive – focus on what you can improve, not what you've done wrong.