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Written assignments of all sorts have always been and still remain a nightmare for all the students. Many a lament have been voiced on the topic of good writing skills as a rare talent and not as a mechanical art, yet time after time students hear: “The home assignment will be quite easy. You will prepare a brief paper on the topic…” Welcome to the hell again, bro and sis. Now what are you supposed to do if you know that writing process makes you dumb and numb, yet 500 word essay is to be submitted in a day or two?
First of all, let us congratulate you as this kind of paper is really small and easy. So 500 word essay length will take comparatively little time to prepare and write and will not torment you for long. If you wonder how long is a 500 word essay, consider the following. This paper will make about half a standard A4 paper sheet if single-spaced, or about a page and a half if double-spaced. Double spacing and Arial or Times New Roman 12-point fonts belong to a common academic formatting standard, so adjust the text editor settings to these parameters. Then in the process of writing you will clearly see how many more words or sentences you need to produce to create a full 500 word paper.
Since the paper is short, you will not conduct an in-depth research, but will rather produce a summary of some topic and your opinion/attitude related to this topic. It may be a reflection paper or a response paper, article summary and critique, personal experience account, book or movie review, and what’s not. Just remember: a decent 500 words essay requires not so much extensive data as concise and structured presentation of some basic facts and ideas. So plan the outline and benchmarks of this brief essay carefully and the rest will come naturally. Take our word for it. We will guide you through planning process further in this manual, and now let us dwell on some basic recommendations on approach to writing as a whole.
Usually the topic is given by a professor or a teacher, or at least the boundaries are set within which to find a topic. If a topic is clear, it is good. If not, then think of some familiar ideas and facts that you may already know in the assigned realm of knowledge. It is better to settle on some familiar area as you will not need to dig deep into unknown information and will spend precious time on planning and writing instead. You actually need limited scope of information, but most probably you need to express your own opinion or attitude towards it. So take time to shape it to yourself, and then put down as a rough draft. Add key words related to facts and ideas you want to include in the essay. Just bullet-point them before the opinion part, so that you do not miss out on anything. Done? Wow! Now you have everything necessary to create a whole lot of successful 500 word essays. We can now move to the very mechanics of writing.
So. We bet that after hearing the task you thought: well, what does a 500 word essay look like? Now it is time to unveil this secret. This essay, like the majority of them, comprises an introduction, main body, and conclusion. One can even say that this paper is like a classical five-paragraph essay. Except for the fact that the small size of the paper will not allow to write full five paragraphs. The number of words – 500 – speaks for itself.
Nevertheless, the principle is the same. You begin the paper with an informative and concise introduction. Make it a sentence, or two sentences maximum. Try to fit the main idea of the paper and your opinion into the introduction, difficult as it may seem. Then you will roll out details and reasoning in the main body.
While dwelling on the body part do not forget to consult the draft you’ve created. It really keeps you within the topic boundaries and helps you say everything you wanted. Topic sentences for each paragraph are desired, yet since the paper is brief, you may have one or two topic sentence for the whole essay. Remember that the conclusion summarizes what was already said, so do not toss in new bits of information that did not fit into the main bulk of the text.
Now you know how to write a 500 word essay from A to Z, so do not feel doomed when getting this kind of task. Just do it! Or else: if you still wanna die while hearing ‘writing assignment’ words, contact us and let us relieve you from this pain. Essay writing is what we do best.
When students are assigned with a 500 word essay, it usually means that they can exceed the size of the assignment only a little (not more than 50 words). They may also make the essay shorter, which should be discussed with professor in advance.
The quantity of pages depends on the spacing and the size of the font you are using. For example, if your essay is double spaced and completed in a 12th font size, it will be around a page and a half long. If the spacing is single, your essay will be around one page long. The font you choose is not so important, although it should be clear and readable. Pay attention to Times New Roman and Calibri.
A 500 word essay may be of different types: a persuasive, a descriptive or a definition one. However, its key elements should remain the same: introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion.