Q. What is an essay?
An essay is a piece of text with several paragraphs. Unless otherwise specified in your assignment instructions, the essay has one overarching topic.
Essential parts of an essay are:
- An introductory paragraph
- Body paragraphs
- A concluding paragraph
At university, you’ll be asked to write academic essays in the form of a process essay, a cause/effect essay, a comparison/contrast essay, an argumentative essay, or a combination of these. Most often, essays do not have headings.