Writing an essay is difficult at the best o times. Having to write one on science and spirituality is even more difficult. It demonstrates that you need to have a key understanding of two naturally opposing topics. Thankfully, the way that you approach an essay on spirituality and science is not that much different than if you were writing any other essay. Let’s walk you through it step by step.
Understand the question
The first step is to understand what you are actually writing about. Read that question repeatedly. There is nothing worse than getting halfway through an essay and realizing that every single word that you wrote is useless. One thing that works for us is to write notes as we are reading the essay question. Jot down ideas. Then compare them directly to the question. Cross out anything that you don’t think matches up with what the question is asking.
If you need to come up with an essay question on your own, then things become a little bit easier. You get to choose a topic that resonates with you. For example; you can look at the areas where spirituality and science overlap. You can consider whether the two are mutually exclusive. How about whether a person can be of science and spirituality? Choose something interesting for you. Although, do make sure you read any guidelines that you have to ensure you choose a question in the scope of that.
Don’t forget, you will also need to know what your word count is. This will help guide everything else too.
Write up notes
Before you begin writing, you will need to draw up some rough notes. They don’t need to be in any particular order. Just jot down notes about areas that answer the question. It is likely that a few of the ideas about science and spirituality that you have will come from within. A lot of the essay questions you can produce related to this subject are like that. However, there are a few which will take in-depth research. Use the internet. Use books. Use anything to help you generate ideas. Omnipapers site is a great source of useful writing tips for students, so keep that in mind.
Remember; if you are using external research, make a note of where it came from for your bibliography. Collect as many notes as time allows. It is unlikely that you are going to be using every single note that you write, but it is fantastic to have a ton of information. It will help with the following steps.
Add structure to your ideas
We are not jumping right into making your essay is because we need to plan it properly. We don’t want you throwing in ideas that don’t work. We don’t want to realize halfway through that you don’t have everything that you need.
Your essay will be split into three distinct parts:
This is where the ‘word count’ is going to come in handy. The bulk of the notes that you generated are going to be applicable to the body of the essay. However, it is unlikely that you will have enough word count to fit them all in. You will need to rank the ideas in order of importance. Scratch out anything that you don’t feel as if you can cover in-depth. Scratch out vaguely similar ideas too. Don’t be afraid to carry out this cull. It is the mark of a good writer.
Write the introduction
You don’t need to do much for your introduction. Just write down how you plan to answer the essay question that you have. What you should do is not edit anything at this stage. Just write everything. This goes for the other two sections too.
Write the body
This is where the bulk of your essay is going to be. Make sure that you communicate any ideas that you may have fluently. Provide sources for any statements that you make. When it comes to essays in science and spirituality, you do have an opportunity to write ideas from within. However, try to avoid this.
Remember; the purpose of an essay is to show that you have understood the subject material, so write in a way that shows you understand it. Don’t just state an idea. State why this idea is relevant. If you can’t do that, then it is probably not going to be right for this essay.
Write the conclusion
This is how you finish. It is almost a repeat of your introduction, but more of a statement of how you have demonstrated that you have answered the question that you set out for yourself.
Now it is time to go back through your essay and edit it. Be ruthless. It is likely that you are going to be over your word count, so you are going to have a bit of culling to do here. Cut out anything that doesn’t make sense. Reorganize ideas. Make notes of areas that you may not have covered in-depth so that you can expand on them. Obviously, check for grammatical and spelling mistakes.
Editing may actually take longer than writing the essay in the first place. However, it is a vital stage. Editing is the difference between a bad essay and a brilliant one. If you don’t edit, you won’t ever get good marks.
You will need to put your article through multiple stages of editing. Keep reading it. Repeatedly. Always make changes. Always clarify points.
Hand in the essay
Not much you do bar hand in the essay after this. This should be simple. If you have followed these steps, then you may be looking forward to a fantastic mark.