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One purpose of an essay is to test and assess the writing skills of students within a relatively brief format. Yet essays serve other intellectual purposes:

  • to organize one's thinking
  • to respond critically and personally to a problem or issue
  • to select and use information to support an argument
  • to present this argument in a structured and sophisticated way.

None of this will happen at once. The composition of essays is a continual process of learning and improvement. Pay attention to the feedback you receive from your instructors - and your peers, when possible. You will strengthen your writing most by pinpointing your weaknesses.

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