Ch 8: GRE Analytical Writing: Starting Your Essay

About This Chapter

Review the elements of starting an essay to prepare for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Our video lessons and quizzes incorporate concepts used in the GRE's analytical writing section in a simple and clear manner.

GRE Analytical Writing: Starting Your Essay - Chapter Summary

Learn how to begin formulating your response to an essay prompt with our GRE review videos. These tutorials discuss strategies for successful commencement of the essay-writing process required in the analytical writing portion of the GRE. Lessons on starting your essay address:

  • Basic essay structure
  • Introductions
  • Thesis statements
  • Main ideas

This chapter's instructional videos encompass tips for organizing and planning a timed essay response, as well as ways to develop a strong introduction. Accompanying quizzes allow you to check how much you've assimilated the information, and each video is condensed into a short, discrete lesson to help you understand how to begin your essay and achieve a high score on the GRE.

GRE Analytical Writing Objectives

The GRE is administered to discern students' readiness for graduate or business school. About one third of the test is devoted to the analytical writing segment. Our instructive videos help you prepare for this part of the GRE by going over concepts you're likely to use when performing the analytical writing tasks. Some of the areas these videos address include:

  • Developing a thesis statement
  • Formulating effective essay introductions
  • Using main ideas to focus an essay
  • Composing topic sentences

The analytical writing section of the GRE encapsulates two timed writing tests. The first requires students to develop a response in opposition to or support of a proposed position, while the second calls for an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of a delineated argument.

5 Lessons in Chapter 8: GRE Analytical Writing: Starting Your Essay
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Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

1. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

2. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

3. How to Write a Thesis Statement

Find yourself confounded by thesis statements? Writing an excellent thesis statement doesn't require magic or luck, but it does require a few key elements we'll lay out for you in the lesson that follows.

What is a Thesis Statement?

4. What is a Thesis Statement?

Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

5. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.

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