For most students doing the GED, writing the essay is considered to be the toughest of tasks. Even students, who are able to sail through the other portions of the GED, tend to lose confidence on this component because of the possibility of stumbling along the way. There are, however, some key steps that you can take that may assist you in this process, and restore your confidence about doing well in the assessments.
7 Key Steps to a Successful GED Essay Writing
- The most important element when writing an essay is planning. You will need to read the assigned topic and create points that you are going to raise in the discussion. Once you have an idea about the direction in which you are going to write the GED essay and then sequence those points in order to priority. This will allow you to create a road map of the essay that you are going to write and also make sure that you stay to the point in terms of content.
- One of the key elements to writing a good GED essay is to be able to incorporate easy to understand, life-related examples in order that the reader can relate to what you are saying. Adding such examples will also boost your essay in terms of quality and reaching the 200-word limit.
- Think about what you want to say in your introduction. A useful strategy to do this is to incorporate the words of the topic that has been given into the first paragraph. This will allow you to set the tone for the essay and you can, in the same introduction, suggest the key points that you will discuss.
- When writing the body of the essay, organize yourself. Do not meander aimlessly through the essay but instead, stick to the points that you have raised, and do not move onto the next point until you have completed the earlier one, including examples.
- In terms of writing style, ideally each point should have its own paragraph. This will make it much easier for the reader of your GED essay to follow the sequence of your thoughts.
- Always write your conclusion with reference to the title of the essay and use the conclusion to summarize the key points that you have raised. At this point, if you would like to share an opinion about the topic, it will be possible to do so conclusively, taking into account what has already been written earlier.
- Always arrange to re-read your essay before submission and you should allocate about ten minutes at the end to do this. Your focus when re-reading your GED essay is on grammar, spelling and punctuation. Make the necessary corrections as you go along. Once you have completed this, read your essay over again to ensure that the flow is what you want to achieve.
Remember that a GED essay usually requires 200 words and about ten more or less will not fundamentally affect your grade. However if your essay is clearly short on the word count, this can have a negative impact, so be careful.
What’s your opinion about writing a GED essay? Have you ever done this and how did you manage it? Go ahead and share your both positive as well as negative experiences as well as any thoughts to help others along the way.