I1I I Decide on your opinion before you start writing.
I2I IWrite in formal style.
I3I IUse present tenses.
I4I IInclude personal examples.
I5I IState your opinion in the first paragraph only.
I6I IUse a variety of linking words.
I7I I State the topic in the introduction.
I8I IWhen presenting a new viewpoint, begin a new paragraph.
I9I I Never include a quotation.
I10I IPresent the opposing viewpoint first.
I11I IBegin each paragraph however you like.
I12I IYou don't have to support every viewpoint with reasons or examples.
I13I IState your opinion again in the conclusion.
Points to consider:
• Decide on your opinion before you start writing i.e. whether you agree/disagree and how strongly, as this will affect the structure of your essay.
• Use present tenses and formal style, avoiding colloquial expressions, short forms & personal examples.
• Include phrases to express your opinion, a variety of appropriate linking words and interesting techniques to begin/end your essay a quotation, a rhetorical question.
To express opinion: In my opinion/view, It seems to me that, The way I see it, To my mind, I (strongly/completely) agree/disagree/believe that, I am totally against
To list points: First of all, In the first place, Firstly/Secondly, To start with, To begin with
To add more points: Also, Moreover, Furthermore, In addition, Besides, Apart from this, Another major reason
To introduce contrasting viewpoints: On the other hand, However, It is argued that, Opponents of this view say
To introduce examples: for example/instance, such as, in particular, especially
To conclude: To sum up, In conclusion, All in all, All things considered, Taking everything into account