The tips below will help you focus on what makes a good essay. Or you can read a report from the chairman of the judging panel for the 2012 Writing Awards to find out how they selected last year's shortlist. .
Note: Essay examiners and composition teachers do not always agree on what makes a good essay, so be sure you are following the instructions of the teacher who assigned your essay.
What Makes a Good Essay? by Adam Kissel - GradeSaver
(Some of you may find this handout obvious to the point of insult. Please do not take offense. As Dr. Johnson once observed, people require more often to be reminded than to be instructed. This is a general reminder of what makes a good essay, at least in this course.)