TSR provides a range of essay planning tools to help organise your thinking and develop the analytical skills you need.
Compare and contrast
Essay titles often ask you to compare two or more events, ideas, characters, places and so on. This tool helps you focus on key similarities and differences.
Advantages and disadvantages.
Evaluation is an important higher-level skill across many subjects. This tool helps you identify advantages and disadvantages in order to reach a balanced judgement.
Causes and effects
Many essays in the Humanities and Social Sciences involve working out why something occurred and what effect it then had. This grid helps you identify those causes and effects.
Business assignments often benefit from SWOT analysis – identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
History essays usually require a clear understanding of a particular sequence events. A timeline always helps.
A key element of many English essays is the analysis of the characters in plays and novels. This tool encourages you to think in depth about character.
Not sure you want to make your own but would like to use these frameworks created by other students? Find thousands in the TSR Resource Library.
How TSR members write essays
1. Make a mind map of ideas
2. Research the ideas
3. Leave it for 24 hours
4. Write a few short paragraphs about the ideas/ topics etc
5. Leave it for a short while
6. Write a first draft
7. Proof Read
8. Leave it for 24 hours
9 etc... Repeat numbers 6, 7 and 8 until it looks amazing and sounds wonderful’.
Tips for great essay planning
• Don’t write an essay without a plan. Essays need planning whether they are for coursework, homework or times in an exam. The planning process in an exam essay need only take a few minutes but it can make a world of difference to the quality of your content and argument.
• Most students start planning by listing what should go in the essay, then deciding how to order the material including its beginning (introduction) and end (conclusion).
• Use key words from the question regularly to keep your writing relevant.
• Avoid very short one sentence paragraphs and very long paragraphs that take up more than half a page.