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Steps to write a very good Essay and get “A1” in your WAEC and NECO


Steps to write a very good Essay and get “A1” in your WAEC and NECO.

Hello guys, in this article, I’m going teach you how to write a perfect essay. I know I wrote only “WAEC” and “NECO” in the headline, but this method can be applied to any form of essay writing examination.

I specifically wrote “WAEC” and “NECO” in the headline because their English language examination is near, so if you would write NECO, GCE, NABTEB, etc, you can use this method to get a distinction

If you would like to see the WAEC and NECO marking scheme on English language, then go to the article I wrote before this one. In that article, I explained and categorized everything.

READ ALSO: How To Write A Good Essay In Waec

This method of writing essay that I’m going to teach you is my personal and favorite method, so in a way, I’m going to be revealing a secret to you all. Let’s begin!

Usually, in WAEC examination, there are five topics presented to the students in essay writing, the students are expected to choose only one that is most appealing to them, that is, the one that relate to the students or the one the students understand most.

Step 1. Knowing the right topic to choose.

In choosing a topic, you have to consider three things;

1. How the topic relates to you,

2. How simple the topic is,

3. How many ideas or points the topic can generate for you.

The relation of the topic to your experience is very important, because you wouldn’t want to write on something that you’ve never heard of. In this sense, it is advised that you choose a topic which you’ve seen, heard, or experienced something close to it before.

Also, if you choose this kind of topic, it automatically becomes very simple to you, because you know some information about that topic. And also, if this topic relates well to you, gathering ideas need not be a problem to you.

Step 2. Understanding the purpose of the topic.

As I’ve stated earlier in my last article, purpose of the topic is a very important tool in creating an article. For example; from the headline of this article, you could see that the purpose is to teach you how to write a good essay. If I write another thing in the content, like instead of teaching you essay, I teach you music, would you be happy? This is why many examiners fail most students from the start.

So, the students are not to digress from the purpose of the topic while writing essay. They are to learn and write according to the purpose of the topic. For example; if I publish an article on Opera news hub, titled “Savage replies that will make your day”, clearly, its purpose is to entertain, I cannot come inside the article and write “Savage replies are not good”, because I’m meant to entertain you with Savage replies.

Step 3. Deriving a clear and brief headline from the topic.

This is most applicable to people who choose to write letter writing although it is still important to others. WAEC give topics but not headlines, for example;

1. Topic: write a letter to your uncle telling him about your school fees yet to be paid.

Heading: “a letter for aid”, “request for help” or simply “request”.

2. Topic: write a letter to your father telling him the challenges you face at your new school.

Heading: “letter of complaint”, or simply “complaint”.

So instead of writing long confusing headings, you shorten it and make it look professional. Now, for those that choose to write articles, take the example below;

Topic: write an essay about the day that you will never forget.

Starting yours with “the day I would never forget” is not wrong, but imagine when everybody starts with that? So instead, you could write;

Heading: the Havana crash or

Heading: the Lagos expressway accident.

This can make you stand out and make your article unique and interesting.

Step 4. Gathering ideas.

After you must have learnt the purpose of a topic and drafted your headlines, the next step is to gather your ideas. This step is important because if you don’t raise at least three points in an essay, it means failure. You could do this faster if you followed other steps correctly. For example;

Topic: as the senior prefect, write a letter to your principal telling him where the school needs development.

Steps to write a very good Essay and get “A1” in your WAEC and NECO.


Heading: “request” or “request for aid.”

Ideas: new computers for the ict lab, new books in the library, leaking roofs, etc.

From the above, you can see that it was easy because maybe the person writing it had been a senior prefect or had an experience like that. If you read and follow all these steps, gathering ideas won’t be a problem.

Step 5. Organising gathered ideas and writing the body of the essay.

After you must have gathered your points(make sure the points gathered is three or more than three), then it is time to organise them and turn them into an article. Organising your ideas is very easy, just list out your ideas and place then on the other of importance as preferred by you.

This process is done to avoid writing and stoping, that is, running out of ideas. For example, let us use the ideas above in the senior prefect’s essay,

Ideas: new computers, new books, leaking roofs, etc.

It is advised to start with “leaking roofs”, why? Because you could write so much under it. For example, under “leaking roofs” alone, you can bring up sub-topics like, cracked classroom walls, broken windows, broken chairs, etc. Then you could write “new computers” and “new books” as the last two points in your article. This method could totally boost your essay because WAEC requires you to write above 450 words in an essay. Rearranging the above ideas, we have;

1. Leaking roofs.

2. New books.

3. New computers.

Steps to write a very good Essay and get “A1” in your WAEC and NECO.

After doing this, writing the content or body of the essay would be very easy. Just list out your points and develop them. Developing them as I said earlier, is easier if you have shared any experience, read any books about it or seen anything about the topic. That is why it is best to follow these steps completely.

Step 6. Conclusion.

After writing the content, end it with a beautiful conclusion. The conclusion must have a paragraph of its own and musn’t be long.

Bonus tip– to write a beautiful and brief conclusion, just write the summary of the purpose of the topic and content of the article in two sentences, together in one paragraph.

For letter writing, after conclusion, you use Yours faithfully(it’s “yours” not “your’s”) for formal letters and use yours daughter, niece, brother, son, etc for informal letters.

These are the two types of letters common in WAEC, semiformal letters are hard to come by in WAEC exams.

Note: after greeting, “yours faithfully”, please write your signature before name and not the other way around.

Fiction is allowed in essay writing provided the article is relevant to the purpose is the topic.

Please study these steps and follow them so as to avoid mistakes in your English exams. I aim at educating you futher with my articles to come.

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