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Every essay has a topic and a purpose. In academic settings, both topic and purpose are usually given, and it is important that you have a solid understanding of both, prior to tackling the composition. For example, your English instructor may assign a “personal experience” essay. The topic is the experience, and the purpose is narration. You will be re-telling an experience of your own in story form, usually chronologically.
Other essays are written to persuade, to compare and contrast, to explain, to analyze, to describe, etc., and the successful student becomes proficient in each type.
It is our aim to assist you in the development of your essay writing skills. We have therefore provided links to examples of each type of essay format, so that you are able to clearly see appropriate purposes and styles. Simply follow the links to the types of essays you have been assigned and view examples that are constructed and written in an academically-sound manner. By studying these, you can improve your own writing and, of course, your grades.