Plan - Now you have to organise the 'mess' that was your brainstorm into a well structured essay.
Decide whether the question is asking for a thematic approach, or chronological.
When you write the essay itself, you need to have clear arguments, to be aware of the issues and be able to back up analytical points with appropriately selected information and evidence and some historians' views.
So you will need to have worked hard in your studies, and done some effective revision.
The guidance on this page will show you how to plan and structure your essay to produce a strong and focused response to the question.
A very common complaint from lecturers and examiners is that students write a lot of information but they just don't answer the question.Look at your brainstorm and begin to group ideas, include any more relevant factors or points that may come to you as you are planning.Start to order the paragraphs and try to see natural links between points or paragraphs to help the flow of the essay.You need a main line of argument that will form the backbone of your essay.Once you have this, jot it down as it will form part of your introduction.If you really know your stuff, you should end up writing an excellent essay rather than just a good essay.The first thing to do when preparing to write an essay is to make a plan.A rough guide to your plan should be: Introduction - Introducing your understanding of the question, how you plan to tackle it, what you are going to include and what your main line of argument is(optional)1 paragraph - Providing context (linking intro to rest of essay)4 paragraphs - Each of a reasonable length discussing a single issue/factor (or combination of)Conclusion - Summarising the main arguments made in your essay and ending with your main argument.Catch the examiner's eye - Your essay will be one of possibly hundreds that an examiner has to read and mark.No doubt examiners are all very professional and read each one thoroughly, but it doesn't hurt to give them a hand by making it easier for them to mark (and easier for them to give you more marks). - Writing a good essay requires the writer to know what to write.When you brainstorm there should be lots of things jotted on the page.