Students are often at fault for starting their essays without clearly understanding the instructor’s requirements.
Instead of starting an essay immediately after reading the requirements, it is wise to seek any clarification from the teacher.
A critical essay seeks to provide an analysis or interpretation of either a book, a piece of art or a film.
A critical essay is not the same as a review because unlike a review, it encompasses an academic purpose or goal.
After reviewing a text, or watching a movie or keenly analyzing a piece of art and taking notes, the next step is to identify the main problems or patterns that emerge from the notes.
While noting the important aspects, certain issues or points are bound to emerge and stand out.
If, for example, the topic under study is “the use of ethnic music by mainstream musicians” the outline should be as shown below: The Use of Ethnic Music by Mainstream Musicians Introduction An introduction provides a description of the topic under study.
While some students like providing a lot of information in the introduction, it is advisable to be brief and direct.
It is important to find genuine sources which offer reliable and accurate information lest one’s essay is filled with lies and inaccurate information.
Just like how one is advised to take notes while reading or watching the primary source, it is also essential to take notes while going through the secondary sources.