Checklist: Writing an essay Published on December 2, 2014 by Shane Bryson. Revised on October 16, 2020. An academic essay is a focused piece of writing that aims to present a convincing argument using evidence, analysis and interpretation. It always has an introduction, a main body, and a conclusion. When you’ve finished writing your essay, use this checklist to evaluate your work. Checklist: Essay 0 / 14 My essay follows the requirements of the assignment (topic and length). My introduction sparks the reader’s interest and provides any necessary background information on the topic. My introduction contains a thesis statement that states the focus and position of the essay. I use paragraphs to structure the essay. I use topic sentences to introduce each paragraph. Each paragraph has a single focus and a clear connection to the thesis statement. I make clear transitions between paragraphs and ideas. My conclusion doesn’t just repeat my points, but draws connections between arguments. I don’t introduce new arguments or evidence in the conclusion. I have given an in-text citation for every quote or piece of information I got from another source. I have included a reference page at the end of my essay, listing full details of all my sources. My citations and references are correctly formatted according to the required citation style. My essay has an interesting and informative title. I have followed all formatting guidelines (e.g. font, page numbers, line spacing). Well done! Your essay meets all the most important requirements. Our editors can give it a final check to help you submit with confidence. Essay Proofreading & Editing Service Back to the checklist Is this article helpful? 90 14 You have already voted. Thanks :-) Your vote is saved :-) Processing your vote... Shane Bryson Shane finished his master's degree in English literature in 2013 and has been working as a writing tutor and editor since 2009. He began proofreading and editing essays with Scribbr in early summer, 2014.