How to Write an English Essay

Learn how to write an English essay... it's easy as 1,2,3!

When learning how to write an English essay, it helps to learn from someone who has actually written a few themselves.

In other words, it helps to learn how to do something from someone who has actually done it.

That's why, if you really want to know how to write an English essay, you should give the following resource your very serious consideration.

Writing Proficiently

Writing Proficiently

The following student did just that... and her own words say so much more than I ever could.

Tanya, Greece
Thank you so much for the book "Writing Proficiently". Finally a book that is clearly written, understandable, and filled with practical advice. I love the style in which it is written! Thanks again!

If you are looking to write essays that will pass your English language exams, simply click on Writing Proficiently.

You'll go to a page full of information about how you can benefit from "Writing Proficiently" just like this student from Canada did.

A. Rehman, Canada
I am finding your book, "Writing Proficiently," very useful. I especially like the way you discuss in detail some of the essay types. Keep up the good work and thank you for your help.

Judge For Yourself!

The following pages provide useful information regarding various types of English language essays. Follow them through for your complete guide on how to write an English essay.

Each page contains links to even more useful essay information!

argumentative essays

cause and effect essays

descriptive essays

definition essays

description essays

description of a process

compare and contrast essays

persuasive essays

Writing is NOT theory.

Oh sure, you can find out how to write an English essay from a book, you know, just by reading.

But then, when it comes time for you to actually write the essay you will most likely have a few problems, right?


Having a few problems, though, is a good thing. I'm of the belief that most people learn by making mistakes. How about you?

So when it comes to the question of how to write an English essay, the first thing you have to do is... write it.

That's it.

Write it.

Then have someone qualified (not just a book reader but someone who can and has actually written essays in the English language) correct it.

That's it.

Have someone (a qualified someone) correct it.

After the person corrects it, look over the corrections and make notes about what to avoid on the next essay. This is an area where students often "blow it."


... Because many don't even look at their corrected essays!

What a waste. As someone who has now graded thousands of essays over the years, I can assure you that this is a HUGE mistake.

If there is one area where students can really improve their writing, it's got to be in the planning stage of their essays. I know, I know, I can hear you now, "but there's not enough time to make a plan."

So now we get to the real question you should be asking.

Instead of asking how to write an English essay, you would be much better served by asking how to plan an English essay.

You see, if you plan well enough the essay practically writes itself. We'll talk more about this subject in the following essay pages. You can reach them by clicking on the links above.

For essay topics from past Michigan Proficiency exams, click on how to write an English essay.

To learn how to further improve your English writing skills click on the preceding link.