Each portfolio should contain an essay on "Why post-secondary education is for me."
Parameters are as follows:
- 1 page
- double spaced
- size 12 font
- 1 inch margins
- 300 words maximum
Tips for Writing an Essay
- Carefully consider the topic and make sure you understand it—reread it if you aren't sure. Why is post-secondary education for you?
- Decide how you want to answer the question.
- Jot down your ideas on the topic: this might simply be a list of ideas, reasons, and examples that you will use to explain your point of view on the issue.
- Write down what you think others might say in opposition to your point of view and think about how you would refute their arguments.
- Think of how best to organize your ideas.
- At the beginning of your essay, make sure readers will see that you understand the issue.
- Explain your point of view in a clear and logical way.
- If possible, discuss the issue in a broader context or evaluate the implications or complications of the issue.
- Address what others might say to refute your point of view and present a counterargument.
- Use specific examples.
- Vary the structure of your sentences, and use varied and precise word choices.
- Make logical relationships clear by using transitional words and phrases.
- Stay focused on the topic.
- End with a strong conclusion that summarizes or reinforces your position.
- Do a final check of the essay when it is finished.
- Correct any mistakes in grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling.
- Ask for help when you need it and ask others to proof your essay.