The following structures are demonstrated and discussed: Example Structure | Compare and Contrast | Narrative or Chronological Structure | Descriptive Structure | Cause-and-Effect The Example Structure follows the rules of a traditional academic essay: begin with a main argument or thesis statement, follow this with three pieces of evidence that support the argument, and wrap up by stating what the essay has shown.
This is a good structure to use when making a single, strong point. Because it allows you to present several points neatly in support of a single claim, it is especially useful for making a persuasive argument.
This format will be most helpful when writing short essays, but for longer personal statements, it might appear formulaic and dull.
One of the more creative structures described below might draw attention more successfully to your writing. For some questions, this structure is a natural choice, as in the personal growth and development question, which asks you to compare yourself now to the way you once were.
Use the following tips as your write your narrative: - Make the reader aware of chronology and keep the story generally moving forward.
- Don't feel obligated to tell more of the story than you need to convey your point.The opening paragraph of an essay is the reader’s introduction to the topic.It should begin with a general sentence, and each subsequent sentence should add more information, narrowing the scope.Single images are easier to remember than a list of points, qualities, traits, or qualifications, no matter how impressive any one or all of them may be.Still, this is a risky approach and is best employed when you have to provide multiple essays for one school so that you have a chance to structure your other essays more traditionally. This is similar to the chronological structure except that instead of walking step by step through increments of time, it follows step by step through a description of a place, person, or thing.- Describe events, people, and places in very specific, colorful terms.Narrative can be combined with other structures for an approach that is less risky but still interesting.Extra details distract from the main drive of the story.- Try not to use reflective conclusions or introductions describing what you learned; start and end with the action and have everything take place within the context of the story.If you decide to use this structure, be sure that you don't write yourself out of the equation; make the point that you were the catalyst between the cause and the effect.That way, you demonstrate that you know how to take action and create change.