What is an essay? How many paragraphs should I write?


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 may be asked to write academic essays in the form of: a process essay, a cause and effect essay, a comparison and contrast essay, an argumentative essay, or a combination of these. Most often, essays do not have headings.


To learn more about how to write an essay, please click here.

  • Last Updated Apr 30, 2024
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