Writing a history essay is no different to writing any other essay – or is it? Well the principles are the same. You need to have a strong introduction – outline to reader what you are going to discuss in the essay. Make sure you answer the question. This may seem a stupid thing to point out, but very often in any essay, the question is not directly answered. A strong introduction gives your reader an indication that you understand the question and know what you are doing with the rest of the essay.
Look at the question carefully and pick out the key words. This will help to guide your research into the topic and keep you focused and on the right track. Keep revisiting the question as a reminder.
The conclusion to a history essay as with any essay should sum up all the points made earlier and how these support your answer to the question posed. This part of your essay should make logical sense and give your reader a good outline of what has been stated in the rest of the essay.
Writing about history does not come easily to most people, but if you follow these simple points, you are well on your way!