Structuring Arguments

Turning Main Ideas into an Argument for Structuring Arguments

Once you have about two or three main ideas, you can use these to organise and structure your argument. This is a little tricky, and it is nearly impossible to do this well if you don’t plan ahead. However, with practice, it’ll only take you a minute or so to do it.

Dividing Main Points into Paragraphs for Structuring Arguments

Structuring Arguments: Dividing Main Points into Paragraphs
Firstly, you need to quickly organise which order your main points go in. Depending on the word length of your essay, each main point will be developed over a few paragraphs. This needs to be balanced. Discussion in each paragraph that is too long or too short is an issue.

Making and Using Proper Links

Structuring Arguments: Making and Using Proper Links
You need to create links between the content you discuss and the question.
Even if it seems perfectly obvious, you still need to make connections.
Q: What can help people improve their fitness?
A: Weightlifting
Explain specifically what makes it a fitness exercise.

Putting Ideas and Evidence Together

Structuring Arguments: Putting Ideas and Evidence Together
Your primary focus should always be argument – there’s no need for evidence if it isn’t proving anything. Evidence is ‘back-up’. This means not only do you have to use it; you have to say why it is meaningful. e.g. Weightlifting improves cardiovascular strength… essential for one to be fit.

Cohesion in Essays

Cohesion in Essays
Cohesion is important in an essay. Without it, your argument is not going to make a lot of sense, and the amount of effort you put in will be wasted. It also ensures that your question will be answered in an ‘airtight’ fashion.

Writing a Cohesive Essay

  1. Find some ‘common’ links between each of your main arguments.
  2. Put them in an order which makes the jump from one to the next appear seamless.
  3. Put your strongest point first and let the others unravel off it.

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