This type of essay does not focus on linguistic, how you write and how you interpret literary texts. The challenge with this type is instead to interpret certain information. It may be something that you get to read on the spot while writing or something you read about before. The use of grade fixer happens to be essential now.
For example, you can read about human development from walking on all four to standing on two legs, and then commenting on the reason why the development went from four to two bones. So the hard thing is not to take in the information and understand what it says, but to take it one step further and think about the meaning. Here are some tips:
Focus on the question as you type
The subject can often be quite broad and then it is important that you adhere to what is specifically requested in the task to avoid a lack of time.
Start by writing a draft where you line up everything that needs to be included in the essay and things that can be included. This way you can prioritize the parts that are most important and make sure you do not forget any central part.
Stick to your interpretations and motivate why you interpret the information as you do. Of course, you must also be able to see other possible interpretations, and keep in mind that the essay (usually) does not have to be argumentative. You can thus present several different interpretations and not argue that one is right.
To get a high grade, it is very important that you consider the question: Why? This question can be used in two different ways. Firstly, you have to ask why you interpret the information in a certain way, ie justify your interpretations. Firstly, it is important that, for example, in a history essay, consider why an event occurred and why it had certain consequences.
Remember to focus on analysis
In an essay, you always get higher grades if you succeed in analyzing your topic than if you just describe it. The assignment/question that the essay should answer almost always contains some form of analysis.
In the same way that you have to focus on analysis, it is important that you do not have too many background facts. Think about what needs to be included to answer the question, and omit things that don’t contribute.
To summarize, one could say that the most important thing to keep in mind when writing an essay in school is to focus on the assignment/question, get started quickly, analyze (think: why?) And think about what type of text to write. For further, more specific tips, our other guides are:
- General writing tips – things that are always good to think about when writing.
- Swedish texts – detailed guides for different types of Swedish texts.
- Writing work – if you are going to write a longer work.
- Styling means – explanations of several different styles, with examples.
Writing an essay is a big project. What should the essay contain? How to get started? How should the language be? Here you will find the above tips and advice along the way.