Writing Resources

This page contains resources for each step of the essay-writing process:
  1. Understanding the question
  2. Essay structure
  3. Making an outline
  4. Do’s & Don’ts
  5. More resources

1. Understanding the question

In order to answer an essay question correctly, you first need to understand what the question is asking you to do. There are certain key terms in a question that help guide your response. Use this Key Terms Guide to see some common terms, with definitions, that can be found in an essay question.

2. Essay structure

Use this Essay Writing Guide to learn about the 5-paragraph structure of a basic essay.

3. Making an outline

Use this Essay Writing Worksheet to start gathering your ideas and preparing to write your essay.

4. Do’s & Don’ts

The last step before you begin writing – learn what to include and what to avoid by reading this Do’s & Don’ts Guide.

5. More resources

Looking for more help? We’ve got you covered with a collection of more writing resources below.

How to Read an Assignment – It is important to understand what the assignment is asking from us before we start writing down our answer/essays. Use this link to learn tips on how to read assignment questions.

Tips on Grammar, Punctuation and Style – Want to understand how grammar, punctuation and writing style can help you get better marks? This link will help you with understanding when to use commas, semicolons, dashes, and other various writing tips.

eBooks – This selection of eBooks from PrepStep provides a comprehensive review of grammar essentials, principles of grammar, visual writing & how to write better essays in 20 minutes.

Articles – These articles from PrepStep will help you with learning research skills, avoiding plagiarism, citing information & writing a thesis statement.

Academic vs General Essays – Learn the difference what differences do academic essay have compared to general essay & how to approach an academic essay.

Essay Structure – Read this article to learn more tips for organizing and presenting ideas in an essay.

Writing Skills Tutorials – The lessons in these PrepStep tutorials cover the essential skills and strategies needed by college students to be able to evaluate claims and evidence, develop pre-writing skills, and create strategies in academic writing.

Writing Skills Practice Sets – These PrepStep practice sets will help you understand and practice the skills that you learned in the tutorials above.