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7 Steps for How to Write an Evaluation Essay (Example & Template)

In this ultimate guide, I will explain to you exactly how to write an evaluation essay.

1. What is an Evaluation Essay?

An evaluation essay should provide a critical analysis of something.

You’re literally ‘evaluating’ the thing you’re looking up.

Here’s a couple of quick definitions of what we mean by ‘evaluate’:

Here’s some synonyms for ‘evaluate’:

So, we could say that an evaluation essay should carefully examine the ‘thing’ and provide an overall judgement of it.

Here’s some common things you may be asked to write an evaluation essay on:

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Really, you can evaluate just about anything!

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2. How to write an Evaluation Essay

There are two secrets to writing a strong evaluation essay. The first is to aim for objective analysis before forming an opinion. The second is to use an evaluation criteria.

Aim to Appear Objective before giving an Evaluation Argument

Your evaluation will eventually need an argument.

The evaluation argument will show your reader what you have decided is the final value of the ‘thing’ you’re evaluating.

But in order to convince your reader that your evaluative argument is sound, you need to do some leg work.

The aim will be to show that you have provided a balanced and fair assessment before coming to your conclusion.

In order to appear balanced you should:

In other words, give every perspective a fair hearing.

You don’t want to sound like a propagandist. You want to be seen as a fair and balanced adjudicator.

Use an Evaluation Criteria

One way to appear balanced is to use an evaluation criteria.

An evaluation criteria helps to show that you have assessed the ‘thing’ based on an objective measure.

Here’s some examples of evaluation criteria:

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We can use evaluation criteria to frame out ability to conduct the analysis fairly.

This is especially true for if you have to evaluate multiple different ‘things’. For example, if you’re evaluating three novels, you want to be able to show that you applied the same ‘test’ on all three books!

This will show that you gave each ‘thing’ a fair chance and looked at the same elements for each.

3. How to come up with an Evaluation Argument

After you have:

You’ll then need to develop an evaluative argument. This argument shows your own overall perspective on the ‘thing’.

Remember, you will need to show your final evaluative argument is backed by objective analysis. You need to do it in order!

Analyze first. Evaluate second.

Here’s an example.

Let’s say you’re evaluating the quality of a meal.

You might say:

Now that you’ve looked at some pros and cons and measured the meal based on a few criteria points (like cost and creativity), you’ll be able to come up with a final argument:

Evaluative terms that you might want to use for this final evaluation argument might include:

4. Evaluation Essay Outline (with Examples)

Okay, so now you know what to do, let’s have a go at creating an outline for your evaluation essay!

Here’s what I recommend:

4.1 How to Write your Introduction

In the introduction, feel free to use my 5-Step INTRO method . It’ll be an introduction just like any other essay introduction .

And yes, feel free to explain what the final evaluation will be.

So, here it is laid out nice and simple.

Write one sentence for each point to make a 5-sentence introduction:

If you want more depth on how to use the INTRO method, you’ll need to go and check out our blog post on writing quality introductions.

4.2 Example Introduction

This example introduction is for the essay question: Write an Evaluation Essay on Facebook’s Impact on Society.

“Facebook is the third most visited website in the world. It was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg in his college dorm. This essay evaluates the impact of Facebook on society and makes an objective judgement on its value. The essay will argue that Facebook has changed the world both for the better and worse. Firstly, it will give an overview of what Facebook is and its history. Then, it will examine Facebook on the criteria of: impact on social interactions, impact on the media landscape, and impact on politics.”

You’ll notice that each sentence in this introduction follows my 5-Step INTRO formula to create a clear, coherent 5-Step introduction.

4.3 How to Write your Body Paragraphs

The first body paragraph should give an overview of the ‘thing’ being evaluated.

Then, you should evaluate the pros and cons of the ‘thing’ being evaluated based upon the criteria you have developed for evaluating it.

Let’s take a look below.

4.4 First Body Paragraph: Overview of your Subject

This first paragraph should provide objective overview of your subject’s properties and history. You should not be doing any evaluating just yet.

The goal for this first paragraph is to ensure your reader knows what it is you’re evaluating. Secondarily, it should show your marker that you have developed some good knowledge about it.

If you need to use more than one paragraph to give an overview of the subject, that’s fine.

Similarly, if your essay word length needs to be quite long, feel free to spend several paragraphs exploring the subject’s background and objective details to show off your depth of knowledge for the marker.

4.5 First Body Paragraph Example

Sticking with the essay question: Write an Evaluation Essay on Facebook’s Impact on Society , this might be your paragraph:

“Facebook has been one of the most successful websites of all time. It is the website that dominated the ‘Web 2.0’ revolution, which was characterized by user two-way interaction with the web. Facebook allowed users to create their own personal profiles and invite their friends to follow along. Since 2004, Facebook has attracted more than one billion people to create profiles in order to share their opinions and keep in touch with their friends.”

Notice here that I haven’t yet made any evaluations of Facebook’s merits?

This first paragraph (or, if need be, several of them) should be all about showing the reader exactly what your subject is – no more, no less.

4.6 Evaluation Paragraphs: Second, Third, Forth and Fifth Body Paragraphs

Once you’re confident your reader will know what the subject that you’re evaluating is, you’ll need to move on to the actual evaluation.

For this step, you’ll need to dig up that evaluation criteria we talked about in Point 2.

For example, let’s say you’re evaluating a President of the United States.

Your evaluation criteria might be:

Really, you could make up any evaluation criteria you want!

Once you’ve made up the evaluation criteria, you’ve got your evaluation paragraph ideas!

Simply turn each point in your evaluation criteria into a full paragraph.

How do you do this?

Well, start with a topic sentence.

For the criteria point ‘Impact on world history’ you can say something like: “Barack Obama’s impact on world history is mixed.”

This topic sentence will show that you’ll evaluate both pros and cons of Obama’s impact on world history in the paragraph.

Then, follow it up with explanations.

“While Obama campaigned to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, he was unable to completely achieve this objective. This is an obvious negative for his impact on the world. However, as the first black man to lead the most powerful nation on earth, he will forever be remembered as a living milestone for civil rights and progress.”

Keep going, turning each evaluation criteria into a full paragraph.

4.7 Evaluation Paragraph Example

Let’s go back to our essay question: Write an Evaluation Essay on Facebook’s Impact on Society .

I’ve decided to use the evaluation criteria below:

Naturally, I’m going to write one paragraph for each point.

If you’re expected to write a longer piece, you could write two paragraphs on each point (one for pros and one for cons).

Here’s what my first evaluation paragraph might look like:

“Facebook has had a profound impact on social interactions. It has helped people to stay in touch with one another from long distances and after they have left school and college. This is obviously a great positive. However, it can also be seen as having a negative impact. For example, people may be less likely to interact face-to-face because they are ‘hanging out’ online instead. This can have negative impact on genuine one-to-one relationships.”

You might notice that this paragraph has a topic sentence, explanations and examples. It follows my perfect paragraph formula which you’re more than welcome to check out!

4.8 How to write your Conclusion

To conclude, you’ll need to come up with one final evaluative argument.

This evaluation argument provides an overall assessment. You can start with “Overall, Facebook has been…” and continue by saying that (all things considered) he was a good or bad president!

Remember, you can only come up with an overall evaluation after you’ve looked at the subject’s pros and cons based upon your evaluation criteria.

In the example below, I’m going to use my 5 C’s conclusion paragraph method . This will make sure my conclusion covers all the things a good conclusion should cover!

Like the INTRO method, the 5 C’s conclusion method should have one sentence for each point to create a 5 sentence conclusion paragraph.

The 5 C’s conclusion method is:

4.9 Concluding Argument Example Paragraph

Here’s a possible concluding argument for our essay question: Write an Evaluation Essay on Facebook’s Impact on Society .

“The introduction of this essay highlighted that Facebook has had a profound impact on society. This evaluation essay has shown that this impact has been both positive and negative. Thus, it is too soon to say whether Facebook has been an overall positive or negative for society. However, people should pay close attention to this issue because it is possible that Facebook is contributing to the undermining of truth in media and positive interpersonal relationships.”

Note here that I’ve followed the 5 C’s conclusion method for my concluding evaluative argument paragraph.

5. Evaluation Essay Example Template

Below is a template you can use for your evaluation essay , based upon the advice I gave in Section 4:

6. 23+ Good Evaluation Essay Topics

Okay now that you know how to write an evaluation essay, let’s look at a few examples.

For each example I’m going to give you an evaluation essay title idea, plus a list of criteria you might want to use in your evaluation essay.

6.1 Evaluation of Impact

6.2 Evaluation of a Scholarly Text or Theory

6.3 Evaluation of Art and Literature

6.4 Evaluation of a Product or Service

7. Concluding Advice

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Evaluation essays are common in high school, college and university.

The trick for getting good marks in an evaluation essay is to show you have looked at both the pros and cons before making a final evaluation analysis statement.

You don’t want to look biased.

That’s why it’s a good idea to use an objective evaluation criteria, and to be generous in looking at both positives and negatives of your subject.

Read Also: 39 Better Ways to Write ‘In Conclusion’ in an Essay

I recommend you use the evaluation template provided in this post to write your evaluation essay. However, if your teacher has given you a template, of course use theirs instead! You always want to follow your teacher’s advice because they’re the person who will be marking your work.

Good luck with your evaluation essay!


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How to write an evaluation essay with examples

The first thing to be clear with about writing an evaluation essay, or any kind of writing actually, is getting to understand the main point of this type of essay. The evaluation essay is an opportunity for you to give your profound opinion about certain things.

Evaluative essay. What does it mean?

An evaluation paper is a kind of essay writing, where you deliver your argumentative point of view in certain issues using the proved facts, quotes, researches, etc. However, even though the evaluation essay should contain your point of view, all the facts and augments have to be delivered objectively and your personal opinion can only be given at the very end as a summary of everything you have written. 

How to start an evaluation essay?

First things first, think of the possible topic for your essay. Keep in mind that the evaluation essay requires a special kind of topic. It has to be an issue, an event or someone`s doing that is now very much on-air or makes a strong impact on your life. For example, if you write an evaluation essay about world politics, it can be something like: «Brexit. Yes or No?».

Easy steps for writing hook evaluative essay

Another important thing about a good evaluative essay is the hook, something at the very beginning that will convince the readers to spend 30 minutes of their precious time to read your essay. In the search for example we can go once again back to the issue ob Brexit. Imagine we are talking about the evaluation essay called «Brexit. Yes or No?». The first sentence here can be something like: «Some experts claim that Brexit can turn into the world catastrophe…». It is a strong hook, which will make people wonder, why can it be so.

Choosing a Topic

It is the head of everything! It should be exited, and the fundamental criteria you must be interested in it. Moreover, it should be actual and correspond to you acknowledge in the area.

Thesis statement 

We have already mentioned that the thesis has to involve real information with no fake of fiction, only something that can easily be checked. Besides, they have to be put in the right order so that one paragraph would glide to the next one without confusing the reader in any way. 

Criteria for evaluation essays 

What is also vital to mention here is the criteria for your evaluation essay. This means that to give the reader the right understanding of the issue, you should add a few words about the ideal way for the process to develop. Basically — how should it have happened in an ideal way?

For example, if we are talking about the advantages and disadvantages of running. Here we can say that it can have a bad impact on your knees, whereas in ideal, running should only help your body to get healthier and more athletic.

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Evaluation essay outline

As step two, we always recommend starting with the outline. No matter what kind of writing are you working at, it is always a good idea to start by creating an outline of your future essay. This is a chance for you to carefully think of what arguments and facts are going to work best for your topic and in what order should they be given so that they appear to be relevant and logical. 

Introduction: the idea of your evaluation essays

Few words about the Evaluation Essay format. Whether it is APA or other, it is incredibly important to watch the structure in the evaluation essay in order not to mess both the reader`s understanding of the issue and your own. For this reason, try to give the idea of your evaluation essay in the way that it would not let anyone pass by your essay.

Body: explain your thesis

Be careful with the language you are using. One of the evaluative essays`s goals is to explain some complicated things easily, so try not to use any complicated words or terms. If you cannot avoid using them, please make sure you explain their meaning in the text. 

Last but not the least, always remember that your ideas have to be crystal clear to the readers, do it can be a good idea to reread, first our outline and then the entire essay, to make sure you have delivered all your ideas in the right way and the reader is not likely to have a hard time understanding them. 


The conclusion of any type of writing is a short summary of everything you discussed in your essay, yet as we have already mentioned, the evaluation essay has to also involve your own opinion about the issue you were talking about. The best way to express it is through the conclusion.

How to connect the introduction and conclusion.

Another important thing about the conclusion is to make sure it strictly correlates with the introduction. As we have shown in the examples of distance learning.

At the beginning of the essay, we say that there is a trend of distant studying, the most famous universities in the world are now beginning to provide opportunities to study online. However there are doubts about the quality of education, this kind of studying provides.

In conclusion, we briefly repeat the advantages and disadvantages of distant studying and give our personal opinion on the matter.

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Basically, every piece of news on the media can be considered as, more or less, a piece of an evaluative essay. You are told about some things that are now going on, be it the adoption of the law or the opening of the electrical vehicle exhibition. Take some time to open the newspaper or watch the news and try to analyze the way they deliver the news itself, give the comments of the experts in the field, participants, how they give the arguments from different angles both positive and negative. You will be devoted enough to take notes of that news, you are likely to get the classical outline of the evaluative essay.

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Many people prefer to check reviews on the movie or book before watching or reading it. The summary information and honest point of view on the subject matter are usually included in an evaluation essay. You just need to analyze both sides of the chosen criterion through thorough research, analysis of your thesis, and examination of your own values. To write a good evaluation essay, you should forget about your feelings and create an objective overview of the topic. That way, you will reveal the truth about the real worth of the particular subject matter.

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So, what is an evaluation essay? The answer to this question you will find out in this post.

What Is an Evaluation Essay?

An evaluation paper is a kind of essay in which you express your argumentative point of view on various topics. As a form of literary thinking, it is based on much more than just a quick judgment about a person, place, or object. The common standards of evaluation writing, such as clearance, objectivity, and coherence, are to be followed throughout the text. These standards help identify how well a subject meets up or falls short of the ideal. No wonder this kind of essay is widely used for scientific purposes when the comparison of two inventions or technologies is required. In an evaluation essay, all the arguments are delivered objectively, while your personal opinion is stated at the very end as a summary.

On the Internet, you can find lots of reviews with one sentence only: “This essay is fine.” Does it look informative to you? Can you rely on this kind of feedback? Let’s be honest, such a review can hardly provide you with a clear understanding of whether the subject is worth your attention or not. The main feature of an evaluation essay is that it contains details and evidence to support your point of view. Instead of discussing every observation, you just need to underpin your point of view with examples that will make your paper look convincing.

CJE guidelines

How to start an evaluation essay? What needs to be preconsidered? Every evaluation essay consists of three structural elements – criteria, judgement, and evidence. Let’s get deeper into details.

The criteria that you choose should evaluate a person or subject through the prism of their ideal version. What can their best features be? For instance, you would expect an interesting plot and professional acting from a movie. Once you have specific benchmarks in mind, they can be used to evaluate these points.

The judgement aspect is used to estimate whether or not the benchmarks have been met. For instance, you can start a movie evaluation from judging whether it aligns with the specific benchmark. Does it offer the quality acting you expect? Does it have gaps in the plot? These are only some of the possible options to consider.

Remember that you must develop clues to advocate your judgements. For instance, if you make the judgement that the movie quality does not meet your expectations, you should be ready to provide evidence. Without eligible evidence, your evaluation essay won’t look convincing.

When structuring your evaluation essay, it is crucial to address a different criterion in each paragraph. In that paragraph, you should reflect on each criterion, make the relevant judgements and provide supporting proofs.

How to Write an Evaluation Essay?

With this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to write an evaluation essay. Here are the major steps to be taken:

Review, revise and rewrite. When a draft is completed, you will read over your work and make some changes if needed. You should be ready to rewrite your paper several times to get it just right.

Evaluation Essay Example

Here, you will find a well-written evaluation essay example that you can use for yourself:

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An evaluation essay is widely associated with a review paper. This is a common mistake many students make. Although the two types of paper have some similarities, there are more differences that set them apart. You can take a look at those differences in the table below.

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Following the quick tips below, you will find it easier to write an effective evaluation argument essay:

List of 50 Evaluation Topics

Since there are many people and objects you are able to assess, an evaluation essay can be written on a wide range of topics. To evaluate something, you will need to compare it with an example within a subject you have chosen. Some possible evaluation essay topics can be found below:

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Writing an evaluation essay but do not have an idea of what is an evaluation essay? And how to write a good one?

Well, fret no more, as we are here to help you get through the evaluation essay writing process.

In this blog, you will learn about the evaluation essay definition, topics, writing tips, and a lot more. Continue reading to get a better idea.

What is an Evaluation Essay?

An evaluation essay is a type of writing in which the writer offers a value judgment about a specific topic. It is a composition that presents an overall view of a particular subject’s quality. Moreover, it provides a critical analysis and a complete evaluation of something.

The main purpose of an evaluation essay is to evaluate a topic and present an opinion about it critically. It also determines the condition, worth, or significance by careful appraisal and study.

This essay features the writer’s opinion, but if done correctly, it does not sound opinionated. Instead, it provides the facts and evidence to justify the opinions about the essay’s subject.

To write a good evaluation essay, you need to master critical evaluation and present the evaluation in an unbiased manner.

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Evaluation Essay Structure

The following are the four different ways to format and organize the evaluation essay.

1. Chronological Structure

It is the sequential organization that could be used for evaluating historical or current events. It tells how something works and assesses the effectiveness of a mechanism, procedure, or process.

2. Spatial Structure

The spatial organization structure is used for evaluating or describing art or architecture. Here, you will define one element of the artifact and move spatially to the next.

3. Compare and Contrast Structure

The compare and contrast structure is used to evaluate or review the culinary or music genre. Here the writer evaluates a subject by comprising and contrasting it with the known subject.

4. Point-by-Point Structure

The point-by-point structure is also used for culinary and music reviews. In this structure, you describe one element and then evaluate it, describe the second element and evaluate it, and so on.

How to Start an Evaluation Essay?

When you start writing an evaluation essay, you need to make sure that you grab the reader’s attention. For this, hook the reader from the beginning until the end to ensure that your essay’s opening is compelling and attention-grabbing.

Below given are a few steps that you should follow to start your evaluation essay:

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How to Write an Evaluation Essay?

Here is a step-by-step guide for you to write an evaluation essay.

1. Choose the Topic

Deciding the topic of your essay is important. Make sure it's not just compelling and interesting but also informative so that you can find enough material on this subject for an entire essay.

2. Create an Evaluation Essay Outline

Professional writers always suggest that you should draft an evaluation essay outline before formally writing it. It helps in the writing process and keeps the content in a logical flow. Also, editing an outline is way much simpler than editing the entire essay.

When you create an essay outline, evaluate what should be added and removed. But if you do not follow this step and start writing the essay directly, you will have to do more work. It may include editing and revising the whole writing piece, which is more complicated than editing the outline.

A typical evaluation essay outline consists of the following sections.

The introduction is the first impression your readers will have of you, so it's crucial to make a good one. It should capture attention and excite readers, drawing them into what you have to say about this topic.

The following are the elements that you should consider while writing the introduction:

The body of the essay consists of three paragraphs. Each paragraph holds different ideas related to one another and flows smoothly from start to finish, just like how a good story should be told.

Here are the important points that must include in the body paragraphs.

It is the final chance to convince your reader to agree with your point of view. Here, you are supposed to summarize and conclude the essay. Moreover, in this section, you present your final evaluation while concluding the overall evaluation. Keep in mind the following aspects while writing a closing paragraph of an evaluation essay.

3. Proofread, Revise, and Edit

After writing the essay, the final step is proofreading and editing. Thus, spend enough time reading your essay carefully. It will help you catch the unintentional mistakes you have made and recover them. If needed, revise your draft two to three times so that no error remains left.

Evaluation Essay Examples

Evaluation can be written on any topic, i.e., book, movie, music, etc. Below we have given some examples of an evaluation essay to provide you with a clear idea.

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Evaluation Essay Topics

For writing an amazing evaluation essay, the first thing that you need is an essay topic. Here are some amazing topic ideas that you can use for writing your essay. You can use them as it is or can mold it according to your preference.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. what are the four components of an evaluation essay.

The four components of an evaluation essay are:

2. What are the 4 types of evaluation?

The four types of evaluation are:

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Writing an evaluation is difficult for some students. What requirements should the text of an essay meet? How to start an evaluation essay? How to structure it? During preparation, students face difficulties – that’s why they ask questions about writing an evaluation essay, defining a concept, and evaluating it. Readers will receive answers to questions in the article, get acquainted with the requirements for essays, and learn how to structure of it.

What is an evaluation essay?

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “to evaluate” means “to determine the significance.” An evaluation essay is a type of paper that includes a statement of opinion on a specific issue. This can be done in a variety of ways, and this type differs from other essay types because an evaluation essay requires the author to make a judgment on the topic rather than submitting a fact-based report. It serves to evaluate a concept, giving readers an idea of whether they should do further research on a given topic.

Evaluations must be unbiased and not contain any self-confident statements. Instead, they should only focus on the facts, as this will help make sure to eliminate personal biases that make them unreliable for the target audience.

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What does evaluation mean in an essay?

First of all, you should understand that evaluative arguments center on the issue of quality. You need to answer a few questions. Is the subject good or bad? Is it honest or dishonest? Your evaluative judgments can be about values – what you consider important. Sometimes the author’s values don’t align with those of their readers, so they have to bridge the gap by respecting the opinion of the audience and clarifying points they agree with and disagree with.

A significant first step in writing your essay is to consider the appropriate criteria or standards for evaluating the subject. For example, if you are evaluating a car, you may consider standard criteria such as price, fuel economy, crash rating, etc. But you can also consider warranty, style, color, special options, and so on. Even if not all people base their car choices on secondary criteria, they are still acceptable on standard criteria.

Evaluation essay outline

“How to write my essay with a proper structure?” If you ask yourself this question, you’ll be able to answer it by reading this block. The composition of an essay consists of the following mandatory parts:

Important! Each individual component takes 1 paragraph. The exception is the main body. This part should be divided into 2-3 paragraphs.

How to write a good evaluation essay: requirements

Usually, students should stick to the following requirements:

Gross violations include: excessive quotations and setting the wrong topic of discussion. If the student has made these mistakes, then the paper will not a get a high grade.

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How do you write an evaluation essay? Writing plan

In order to properly distribute the load, have time to complete the task, and comply with the requirements, it is worth working in the following order:

Important! Before submitting, read the essay from beginning to end. It is worth adding information in a draft if the evaluation is not full.

Common mistakes in an evaluation argument essay

These are the most common mistakes regarding organization and content:

Note! The more accurate the information given as an argument, the higher the score the essay will receive.

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The end-of-life stage is an unavoidable phase that we will all ultimately face. In the healthcare setting, medical professionals have the responsibility to provide direct patient care for all types of patients, including those that are terminally ill or, in simple terms, are actively dying. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization defines the word end-of-life as the period “when a person has been diagnosed with a terminal illness with less than 6 months to live, and curative treatments are no longer options” (Huffman and Harmer, 2022). Planning and delivering care to patients with terminal diagnoses requires serious medical and ethical considerations. Most patients undergo palliative care and are entitled to participate in the decision involving advanced derivatives. The primary objective of palliative care is to provide symptom control, improve patient experience, and enhance the understanding of their diagnosis and prognosis (Teoli & Kalish, 2022). Advance derivatives include the authorization of a Do Not Resuscitate order, wherein the attending physician acknowledges the patient’s request to dismiss resuscitation to avoid further suffering.

Patients diagnosed with chronic and terminal diseases, especially those with progressive cases and that are at the end-of-life stage, may suffer from a variety of complications, including physical discomfort, psychosocial distress, and spiritual concerns. As their condition progresses, the need for medical assistance and utilization of health services becomes more frequent. The purpose of end-of-life care for dying patients is to alleviate as much pain and suffering as possible while honoring the patients’ wishes. This concept has led many health care practitioners to face many ethical challenges, wherein they must consider the importance of protecting the patient’s rights and dignity, including all relevant parties involved in the decision-making process. End-of-life care involving premature death is a controversial topic in healthcare that has steered moral dilemmas and debate concerning the role of such medical interventions. Euthanasia is the name given to this procedure, technically described as the “hastening of death of a patient to prevent further sufferings” (Annadurai et al. 2022). It comprises a range of subcategories, from the purposeful injection of deadly medications to the discontinuation or delaying of life-sustaining medical therapies. Passive withholding of life-supporting treatments is generally more accepted worldwide than actively inducing death through medications. Practicing active euthanasia in certain countries may be considered a criminal homicide. It may put the medical professional at risk of imprisonment or the loss of the license to practice.

Theoretically, to legally perform this method, the patient’s voluntary consent, or at least the consent of an immediate family member, must be obtained. Although some medical experts say that indications of suicidal thoughts and insufficient palliative care may contribute to a patient’s desire for euthanasia, physical and psychological elements must be addressed throughout the decision-making phase. For patients seeking euthanasia, take note of their physical conditions that significantly affect the quality of the patient’s life, including unbearable pain, persistent nausea and vomiting, difficulty swallowing, irreversible paralysis, incontinence, and ventilatory dependence. These physical symptoms could be associated with psychological distress, including depression and persistent feelings of burden or shame from being “too dependent.”

Accepting the idea of inducing death medically could lead to misinterpretation and arguments that the healthcare system embraces the concept of giving the patients the entitlement to a dignified death. The purpose of euthanasia is to provide patients relief from distressing symptoms by ending their life prematurely. This method is contrary to the oath and ethical principles of medical practitioners, including those regarding the responsibility to maximize a patient’s quality of life, providing life-sustaining treatments and remedies for chronic illness, which is supposed to give rise to an expectation of a longer life with less suffering.

1. Ahizen R. Suffering, Authenticity, and Physician Assisted Suicide. Springer: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy. Retrieved from 2. Akdeniz, Mehalat Ethical Considerations at the End-of-life Care. SAGE Journals. Retrieved from 3. Annadurai, Kalaivani Euthansia: Right to Die with Dignity. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care. NCBI. Retrieved from 4. Evenblij, Kirsten Factors Associated with Requesting and Receiving Euthanasia: A Nationwide Mortality Follow-back Study with a Focus on Patients with Psychiatric Disorders, Dementia, or an Accumulation of Health Problems Related to Old Age. BMC Medicine. Retrieved from 5.Huffman, Jaime L. and Harmer B. End of Life Care. National Library of Medicine. StatPearls. Treasure Island. Published on 2022 January. Retrieved from Hospice%20and%20Palliative,treatments%20are%20no%20longer%20options. 6. Lai, Xioa Bin The Experience of Caring for Patients at the End-of-life Stage in Non-palliative Care Settings: A Qualitative Study. BMC Palliative Care. Retrieved from 7. Teoli Dac and Kalish Virginia B. Palliative Care. National Library of Medicine. StatPearl. Retrieved from

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FAQ about evaluation essay writing

How do you start an evaluation essay.

Firs of all, you need to choose a topic. Then, develop your thesis. After that, you should consider the criteria used in order to make the correct judgment. Don’t forget to gather supporting evidence to present your point of view.

What does an evaluation essay consist of?

An evaluation essay consists of three key components: judgment, criteria, and evidence. Present these elements using the four key components of an essay: it begins with an introduction containing a thesis that presents your opinion and focuses your assessment. After that, you need to include the main body with a detailed evaluation of the subject. The final part is the conclusion, where you sum up everything that has been said in your essay. These are the main components. If one of them is absent, your essay won’t get a good grade.

How do you write a body of an evaluation essay?

Present the topic in an interesting way. Add the right amount of details: you need to clearly explain what it is and present enough information for readers to agree with your judgment. You should make a clear and authoritative judgment. Also, you should argue your opinion.

What is an evaluation paragraph?

In this paragraph, you present judgments about ideas, people, and possible actions. You must make your assessment based on certain criteria that you develop. In an evaluation paragraph, you should state your assessment or recommendation, and then support it with a relation to your criteria.

What is an example of evaluation?

Evaluation is defined as an appraisal of the worth or value of someone or something. A simple example of evaluation is when a teacher reviews work to grade it.

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Writing an evaluation  requires thorough knowledge of the texts and/or topics which you are being asked to evaluate. You need to provide an overview of the texts and/or topics and then provide detailed discussion resulting in a balanced presentation supplemented by evidence correctly referenced according to the style required by your school, college or university. Writing an  evaluation  is not really difficult if you adhere strictly to the helpful guidelines set out below.

Preparing to Write an Evaluation

Before you begin, look carefully at the subjects you are being asked to evaluate and plan what you might want to say about each of them. This need only be done in note form and is really just to crystallise your thinking. Next, you should begin to organise your ideas into a sort of ‘for and against’ list. Even though you are not actually looking to compare and contrast as such, doing this helps you to write a balanced evaluation. Ensure that you are compiling the evaluation exactly according to the specifications of the question you are addressing. It might be that you are being asked to evaluate in a specific way or with a particular idea in mind and this will have an influence on the way you evaluate so be sure to familiarise yourself with the nature of the evaluation.

Writing an Evaluation

An evaluation is an academic essay and as such follows the same basic structure of other academic essays i.e.:

There is a difference in the content and style when writing an evaluation, however, as you are not being asked to formulate an argument, so much as present an assessment. This influences the construct because you need to follow through the evaluation with greater objectivity and need not take so firm a stance as you would in the average academic essay when writing an evaluation. The introduction to an evaluation should provide an overview rather than a thesis statement. You would give some brief indication of the contents of each topic/text to be evaluated together with an indication of the methodology that you intend to adopt during the writing of your evaluation. End your introduction with a sentence that links to the opening paragraph of the main body of the evaluation. The main body of your evaluation should be a series of linked paragraphs each one dealing with a different aspect of the evaluation whilst remaining connected to the central theme. It is a good idea at the planning stage of writing your evaluation to give each of the paragraphs of the main body a working subtitle which you may or may not choose to include in your final evaluation. This is particularly useful because you will find the collation of your thoughts and evidence more precisely defined if you work in this way. Remember that it is really important when writing your evaluation that you cite your evidence in the required style. The two main formats for referencing are:

You must consult the  referencing guide  which should be available from your school, college or university (and be on view in the library), before you begin to write your evaluation as you will lose marks if you do not reference correctly. When writing an evaluation, the main body builds by means of the reverse pyramid style i.e. it begins with the most important points of the evaluation and graduates down in a supplementary way with each connected paragraph appearing to complement the preceding ones. The conclusion to writing an evaluation is very important and should be considered at the initial planning stage. As in the introduction you provided an overview of the texts/topics to be evaluated, here in the conclusion you need to provide a summation of the evaluation. You need to provide, also, a synthesis of your thinking together with some indication of what you feel might have been omitted from your evaluation suggesting reasons why this was done and also what might be attempted in the future under different criteria, perhaps. By including this in the conclusion to writing your evaluation, you are acknowledging its limits and indicating to the reader your awareness of them.

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Remember that an evaluation is essentially an overview with astute inferences and qualitative judgements. If you plan carefully, structure efficiently, reference correctly and proof-read carefully there should be every chance that you will  write an evaluation  of which you can be very proud and which will gain you an impressive grade when your work is assessed. Adhering to the guidance given here should assist you in achieving this: ‘good luck’!

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The evaluation essay is, as the name suggests, an evaluation of a subject of some kind. It can be the evaluation of anything from the quality of customer service at your local restaurant to the historical significance of the Civil War, as long as there’s some kind of subject to evaluate.

You can write an evaluation essay about it. The trick here, though, is that to make your evaluation essay stand out from other essays written on the same topic, you’ll need to include more than just your opinion.

What is an Evaluation Essay?

How to start an evaluation essay.

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An evaluation essay takes one product or service and evaluates its positive and negative features. There are two types of evaluations;

In a subjective evaluation, you weigh both the positive and negative aspects of a product, but your opinion is central to your argument. Subjective evaluations are usually written in the first person Objective evaluations center on the fact they state what has been reviewed rather than offering opinions about it.

The most common type of evaluation essay is called a comparative evaluation which compares multiple products or services. The introduction states that you will be comparing three items as well as providing information about each item being compared.

It’s easy to think that writing a formal evaluation essay means you have to follow a specific set of guidelines. It can be hard if you’re new to writing essays because there’s no clear structure but we’ve got tips on how to get started in our how-to guide. The best thing about evaluating something is that you don’t have to limit yourself just to things You can evaluate people or places or even emotions.

This will give your evaluation essay much more depth and meaning than simply saying good or bad. Also, try to avoid making comparisons between different evaluations, for example, saying I prefer X to Y as it doesn’t add anything meaningful to your essay. If you need any further advice, then please contact us at our support desk. We’d love to hear from you AND probably assign you a ghostwriter to help you write your essay. The word count for each post should be around 500-1000 words each depending on how detailed they are. All posts must include images unless stated otherwise by myself.

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You might have a topic in mind but if you don’t see a clear way of connecting that idea with sources and information you might get discouraged or throw in the towel before you start. That’s why choosing your topic is one of your most important steps toward writing an effective research paper. By choosing your topic wisely, you can ensure that every source you use will help you reach your goal.

How do I choose my topic?

The best place to start when choosing a topic for your research paper is by looking at what interests you most? If there’s something about your subject that makes you want to dig deeper into it then chances are there are other people out there who feel similarly and they may even be willing to read about it.

Next think about how broad or narrow of scope would work best for what you want to say. You could choose a very specific aspect of a larger subject or take on an entire subject head-on by going broader.

Your thesis statement is a one-sentence summary of your argument that should succinctly state why you’re writing. Before you start drafting take some time to think about your argument and be sure to develop a thesis statement that makes sense in context. For example, if you’re evaluating a book’s plot twist your thesis statement might be This book would have been better without its ending. This helps clarify how you’re planning on arguing that point.

Be clear and concise with your thesis statement. A strong thesis will help guide you as you draft so don’t leave it until later in the process. When developing your thesis try to keep these questions in mind;

When evaluating anything ask yourself;

You may find that different things work for different people one person’s idea of quality might not align with yours.

For example, some people care about producing material that entertains them others care about a focus on education still others care about being informed by their media. If you can’t decide which criterion matters most to you consider asking friends or family members which they would prefer and why. That will help guide your decision-making process.

The subject of your thesis should guide you ingathering supporting evidence and material to flesh out your position. Writing evaluative essays involves considering various points of view or sides to an issue.

Therefore, you needn’t outline every point of view about a particular issue instead focus on making comparisons between two things for example Sous vide cooking is as effective as traditional cooking methods because it results in a more even cooking temperature throughout meat and vegetables. A well-written essay will provide readers with enough information to form their own opinions.

For instance, if you are writing an evaluation essay comparing two books, tell readers what each book is about and how they differ from one another before concluding which book was better written.

How To Write an Evaluation Essay Outline

How to write an evaluation essay introduction..

To evaluate a situation, you must first have some information about it. Begin by writing a sentence or two explaining your topic. For example, let’s say your teacher gave you these instructions Use one of Shakespeare’s plays as a jumping-off point for writing about how comedy or tragedy differs from good literature.

You should begin your introduction with something like In English class we’ve been reading Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies to evaluate their merit as pieces of literature. Also, make sure that you include enough background information so that someone who has no idea what you’re talking about can still follow along and learn something.

If you want to be formal, add a thesis statement at the end of your introduction. A thesis statement is just a single sentence stating your main argument. So if you were going to turn our introductory paragraph into a thesis statement it might look something like The differences between comedy and tragedy are best illustrated through a comparison of works by William Shakespeare.

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Create your thesis statement

Your thesis statement will answer that question and provide a framework for writing. So how do you go about creating one The truth is there’s no universal formula for coming up with a thesis statement. Most successful evaluations argue that there are many good ways of accomplishing something or that something has many different positive aspects. To be sure your argument should have a solid base. If it doesn’t then your evaluation will not be convincing.

You can make your argument more convincing by using statistics, quotations, and examples from outside sources. This help backs up your statements so they don’t seem like mere opinion. You may also want to consider how you want to present your information. For example, if you are writing a paper for school chances are you will need to use proper MLA style formatting . This means providing citations whenever possible so readers can find out more information if they wish. Another thing that makes an evaluation essay effective is how well-organized it is. A reader should be able to follow along easily as you build your case.

How to Write an Evaluation Essay Body Paragraphs

To evaluate something, or someone, you need to explain why it is worthy of your regard and analyze how effectively that goal has been accomplished. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll soon be writing thoughtfully about any topic that comes your way. How to Write an Evaluation Essay – Think Critically The most important thing you can do when writing an evaluation essay is think critically about what you’re evaluating. Ask Yourself;

These questions may seem obvious but they’re not always easy to answer. Take some time before you start writing to consider what makes one product superior to another person more effective than another, etc. Do your research Once you’ve figured out what makes something great take some time to learn as much as possible about it so that you can back up your claims with facts and figures from reputable sources like books, magazines, websites, newspapers, and other credible media outlets.

How To Write An Evaluation Essay Conclusion

When writing the conclusion of an evaluation essay, it is important to reiterate the main points of your argument and restate your opinion on the subject. In addition, you may want to briefly summarize the findings of your research and analysis. However, be careful not to simply repeat what you have already said in the body of your essay; instead, try to present new information or insights that have emerged from your research. Ultimately, the goal of your conclusion should be to leave your reader with a clear understanding of your overall opinion on the subject.

In conclusion, an evaluation essay is a paper that gives the reader a clear understanding of the writer’s opinion of a particular subject. The purpose of this type of essay is to allow the reader to understand the pros and cons of something they are considering in order to make an informed decision. When writing an evaluation essay, it is important to be unbiased and fair when stating your opinions. You should also back up your statements with evidence in order to support your position. Finally, you should always end your essay with a strong conclusion that leaves the reader thinking about what you have said.

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If you’re wondering how to start an evaluation essay introduction , you’re at the right spot. The purpose of an evaluation essay is to develop and provide some sort of criteria, then critically assess a particular subject using the criteria.

It’s an excellent approach to practicing analytical skills and presenting an argumentative viewpoint or perspective. You should thoroughly research the subject and back up your claims with evidence.

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What Is an Evaluation Essay?

An evaluation essay ought to offer a critical evaluation of the subject. Many students are required to write evaluation essays to analyze a story or topic from their course content.

However, you must first comprehend what an evaluation essay is and how it varies from other types of essays before you can begin.

The main goal of an evaluation essay is to support a claim about the quality (or lack thereof) of a particular thing. It could be a movie, program, service, book, and more.

It is true that every evaluation will include some form of opinion, but a properly done evaluation shouldn’t come off as opinionated. A good evaluation will be fact-based, impartial, and reasonable, to be more precise.

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There are numerous ways to begin an essay. And the first step to choosing the right one is figuring out what your essay is asking you to do. Decide what your essay will cover, who your audience is, and what format your essay will be in.

Below are some of the most common points to start an evaluation essay:

Begin With an Intriguing Statement

Every single one of the best essays begins with a strong thesis statement, also known as the hook. There are numerous approaches to creating a captivating hook.

You could start by quoting something or asking a question. Whatever you decide, keep in mind that it must be compelling enough for the reader to continue reading your essay.

Briefly Introduce Your Topic

After your hook, your subject should be introduced in the following sentence. Depending on what you’ll be analyzing, there are several things you might want to take into account.

For instance, if you are analyzing a novel, you should concentrate on one particular feature of the novel. Keeping your strategy simple will help you compose the topic of your paper easily.

Provide Some Background Details

After introducing the topic , give some background information on the subject to help the reader better understand the context of your paper.

Try to put your subject into a familiar context or feature to which the reader can relate. Define a few common words or phrases that you believe are important for the audience to know.

Outline the Foundation of Your Criteria

The next few sentences should outline your exact criteria and explain why you choose them. Include your justification, particularly if you have reason to believe that someone else might choose a different course of action if given a chance.

Don’t assume the reader knows or doesn’t know something. To avoid confusion, make sure everything is understood.

Define Your Thesis Statement

Finish your introduction paragraph with a thesis statement that briefly and clearly states your position or point of view.

Keep in mind that you are making an argument that you must support. It can’t be a generalization that everyone can agree on. It should be a claim that another person can persuasively refute using similar academic evidence as you do.

Wrapping Up

The evaluation essay is a type of academic paper that provides an in-depth analysis and evaluation of a matter on a given topic. Before writing, it is important to define your particular focus and your thesis statement, which is a summary of the content. This article outlines some key steps to help you understand how to start an evaluation essay introduction .

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What is an Evaluation Essay

How to start an evaluation essay, evaluation essay outline, evaluation essay example.

The overall objective of an evaluation essay is to provide validation for the quality (or lack thereof) concerning a particular specific item, product, business, service, program, book, movie etc. It is true that every evaluation will contain some sort of opinion, but in order to be done correctly, the evaluation should not read as though it is opinionated. More specifically, a good evaluation will be fact-based, unbiased and reasonable.

In order to write evaluations that follow this criteria, it is crucial to follow CJE guidelines. In other words, they are criteria, judgement and evidence.

Criteria references the desire to demonstrate what can be expected as a reasonable outcome for the component being evaluated. Establishing concise criteria will prevent the paper from becoming overly opinionated.

Judgement comes from establishing if the criteria is being met.

Evidence is all of the information used to support the judgement.

Specifically, every paragraph in the body of the essay will focus on one key fact. Each fact should be explained in detail, offering judgement and evidence to support the argument.

Potential topics for an evaluation essay include:


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This is the outline structure most commonly used for evaluative writing. Each point should be addressed, ideally in the order mentioned.


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Restate your thesis statement and the purpose of your essay. Remember to change up the verbiage used so that you are not simply copying your opening statement. This is the last section of your work when you may make an impression on your audience. You will sure want to leave your reader with a strong recommendation.

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Your closing statement is your final opportunity to speak to your audience. You need to be able to persuade them, or to highlight your own point of view, or to impress upon them your stance as an expert in the subject. The end of your evaluation essay should boast completeness and offer closure. However, it should also give the reader everything they need to form their own opinion or provoke them to want to learn more.

In order to create a sense of closure, you might choose to:

To end a discussion, while leaving room for further thought, you might choose to:

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Before you write your essay it’s important to analyse the task and understand exactly what the essay question is asking. It is possible your lecturer will give you some advice – pay attention to this as it will help you plan your answer.

Next conduct preliminary reading based on your lecture notes. At this stage it’s not crucial to have a robust understanding of key theories or studies, but you should at least have a general “gist” of the literature.

After reading, plan a response to the task. This plan could be in the form of a mind map, a summary table, or by writing a core statement (which encompass the entire argument of your essay in just a few sentences).

After writing your plan conduct supplementary reading and refine your plan and make it more detailed.

It is tempting to skip these preliminary steps and just write the first draft while reading at the same time. However, reading and planning will make the essay writing process easier, quicker, and ensure a higher quality essay is produced.

Now let us look at what constitutes a good essay in psychology. There are a number of important features.

Each paragraph should comprise a main theme which are illustrated and developed through a number of points (supported by evidence).

In the main body of the essay every paragraph should demonstrate both knowledge and critical evaluation.

There should also be an appropriate balance between these two essay components. Try to aim for about a 60/40 split if possible. Most students make the mistake of writing too much knowledge and not enough evaluation (which is the difficult bit).

It is best to structure your essay according to key themes. Themes are illustrated and developed through a number of points (supported by evidence). Choose relevant points only, ones that most reveal the theme or help to make a convincing and interesting argument.

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Knowledge and Understanding

Remember that an essay is simply a discussion / argument on paper. Don”t make the mistake of writing all the information you know regarding a particular topic.

You need to be concise, and clearly articulate your argument. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences.

Each paragraph should have a purpose / theme, and make a number of points – which need to be support by high quality evidence. Be clear why each point is is relevant to the argument. It would be useful at the beginning of each paragraph if you explicitly outlined the theme being discussed (.e.g. cognitive development, social development etc.).

Try not to overuse quotations in your essays. It is more appropriate to use original content to demonstrate your understanding.

Psychology is a science so you must support your ideas with evidence (not your own personal opinion). If you are discussing a theory or research study make sure you cite the source of the information.

Note this is not the author of a textbook you have read – but the original source / author(s) of the theory or research study.

For example:

Bowlby (1951) claimed that mothering is almost useless if delayed until after two and a half to three years and, for most children, if delayed till after 12 months, i.e. there is a critical period.
Maslow (1943) stated that people are motivated to achieve certain needs. When one need is fulfilled a person seeks to fullfil the next one, and so on.

As a general rule make sure there is at least one citation (i.e. name of psychologist and date of publication) in each paragraph.

Remember to answer the essay question. Underline the key words in the essay title. Don”t make the mistake of simply writing everything you know of a particular topic, be selective. Each paragraph in your essay should contribute to answering the essay question.

Critical Evaluation

In simple terms this means outlining the strengths and limitations of a theory or research study.

There are many ways you can critically evaluate:

Is the study valid / reliable ? Is the sample biased or can we generalize the findings to other populations? What are the strengths and limitations of the method used and data obtained?

Be careful to ensure that any methodological criticisms are justified and not trite. Rather than hunting for weaknesses in every study; only highlight limitations which make you doubt the conclusions that the authors have drawn – e.g. where an alternative explanation might be equally likely because something hasn’t been adequately controlled.

Outline how the theories are similar and how they differ. This could be two (or more) theories of personality / memory / child development etc. Also try to communicate the value of the theory / study.

Refer to debates such as nature or nurture, reductionism vs. holism or the perspectives in psychology . For example, would they agree or disagree with a theory or the findings of the study?

Does a study involve ethical issues such as deception, privacy, psychological and physical harm.

If research is biased towards men or women it does not provide a clear view of the behavior that has been studied. A dominantly male perspective is known as an androcentric bias.

Is the theory / study ethnocentric? Psychology is predominantly a white, Euro-American enterprise. In some texts, over 90% of studies have US participants, who are predominantly white and middle class. Does the theory or study being discussed judge other cultures by Western standards?

This raises the issue of whether it’s morally and/or scientifically right to use animals. The main criterion is that benefits must outweigh costs. But benefits are almost always to humans and costs to animals.

Animal research also raises the issue of extrapolation. Can we generalize from studies on animals to humans as their anatomy & physiology is different from humans?

The PEC System

It is very important to elaborate on your evaluation. Don”t just write a shopping list of brief (one or two sentence) evaluation points. Instead make sure you expand on your points, remember, quality of evaluation is most important than quantity.

When you are writing an evaluation paragraph use the PEC system.

For Example

( Point ) It is argued that psychoanalytic therapy is only of benefit to an articulate, intelligent, affluent minority.

( Explain ) Because psychoanalytic therapy involves talking and gaining insight, and is costly and time-consuming, it is argued that it is only of benefit to an articulate, intelligent, affluent minority. Evidence suggests psychoanalytic therapy works best if the client is motivated and has a positive attitude.

( Consequences ) A depressed client’s apathy, flat emotional state and lack of motivation limit the appropriateness of psychoanalytic therapy for depression. Furthermore, the levels of dependency of depressed clients mean that transference is more likely to develop.

Using Research Studies in your Essays

Research studies can either be knowledge or evaluation.

Writing an Introduction

It is often best to write your introduction when you have finished the main body of the essay, so that you have a good understanding to the topic area.

If there is a word count for your essay try to devote 10% of this to your introduction.

Ideally the introduction should;

Identify the subject of the essay and define the key terms. Highlight the major issues which “lie behind” the question. Let the reader know how you will focus your essay by identifying the main themes to be discussed. “Signpost” the essay’s key argument, (and, if possible, how this argument is structured).

Introductions are very important as first impressions count and they can create a h alo effect in the mind of the lecturer grading your essay. If you start off well then you are more likely to be forgiven for the odd mistake later one.

Writing a Conclusion

So many students either forget to write a conclusion or fail to give it the attention it deserves.

If there is a word count for your essay try to devote 10% of this to your conclusion.

Ideally the conclusion should summarize the key themes / arguments of your essay. State the take home message – don’t sit on the fence, instead weigh up the evidence presented in the essay and make a decision which side of the argument has more support.

Also, you might like to suggest what future research may need to be conducted and why (read the discussion section of journal articles for this).

Don”t include new information / arguments (only information discussed in the main body of the essay).

If you are unsure of what to write read the essay question and answer it in one paragraph.

Points that unite or embrace several themes can be used to great effect as part of your conclusion.

The Importance of Flow

Obviously, what you write is important, but how you communicate your ideas / arguments has a significant influence on your overall grade. Most students may have similar information / content in their essays, but the better students communicate this information concisely and articulately.

When you have finished the first draft of your essay you must check if it “flows”. This is an important feature of quality of communication (along with spelling and grammar).

This means that the paragraphs follow a logical order (like the chapters in a novel). Have a global structure with themes arranged in a way that allows for a logical sequence of ideas. You might want to rearrange (cut and paste) paragraphs to a different position in your essay if they don”t appear to fit in with the essay structure.

To improve the flow of your essay make sure the last sentence of one paragraph links to first sentence of the next paragraph. This will help the essay flow and make it easier to read.

Finally, only repeat citations when it is unclear which study / theory you are discussing. Repeating citations unnecessarily disrupts the flow of an essay.


The reference section is the list of all the sources cited in the essay (in alphabetical order). It is not a bibliography (a list of the books you used).

In simple terms every time you cite/refer to a name (and date) of a psychologist you need to reference the original source of the information.

If you have been using textbooks this is easy as the references are usually at the back of the book and you can just copy them down. If you have been using websites then you may have a problem as they might not provide a reference section for you to copy.

References need to be set out APA style :

Author, A. A. (year). Title of work . Location: Publisher.

Journal Articles

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Article title. Journal Title, volume number (issue number), page numbers

A simple way to write your reference section is use Google scholar . Just type the name and date of the psychologist in the search box and click on the “cite” link.

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Next, copy and paste the APA reference into the reference section of your essay.

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Once again remember that references need to be in alphabetical order according to surname.

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What is an Evaluative Essay?

Many students are asked to evaluate a story or subject in their course material through an evaluation essay. But, before starting you need to understand what an evaluation essay is and how it differs from descriptive type of essay. An evaluation essay is a feedback or review, however it has a huge contrast. These kinds of essays can be written for any subject from film to restaurant. An evaluative essay generally speaking, is an individual evaluation which contains an abstract view with providing a justification. For example you watch a movie and then you are asked to evaluate it on the basis of your exposition. The interesting fact about an evaluative essay is its uniqueness. Two individual can have a different evaluation for the same subject. While watching a film, one may find it interesting while other may find it boring. The criteria for making an evaluation essay is different for everyone depending upon their way of analysis. Here is your guide to begin with writing an evaluation essay for your chosen subject:

How Do You Write an Evaluation Essay: Quick Tips

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Before you start an evaluative essay, first choose your topic. Follow the simple steps to begin with any evaluative paper. Here are the initial steps:

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Evaluation Essay Key Elements

The important elements to make an evaluation essay are three: i.e. criteria, judgments and evidence, which are explained as follows: 

Criteria implies setting up what the standards are for the item to be evaluated. Making a criterion implies exhibiting what is expect as the perfect result. For an effective evaluation essay you have to make a clear criteria in your mind. In fact jot it down! A clear criteria drives the conclusion. For instance, when assessing an eatery, the writer need to build up the criteria on the basis of value, neatness, timeliness of order and taste. By clinging to a strong criteria you would then be able to be compare a particular eatery to another.

The judgment of your evaluation is the foundation of your essay around which thesis statement revolves, is based on whether the measures are met. As it were, the judgment is the thing that really is. Utilizing the model from above, if the main foundation for assessing a food providing company is the nature of the food they offer, the judgment would state regardless of whether the specific eating place has offered services that meets this expressed quality.

The evidence is the proof which provide refinements to help your judgment. In case that your judgment is that a specific restaurant or service organization does not reliably offer quality, you have to proof this with evidence enough to indicate from where the judgment has been arrived. 

What is an Example of Evaluation Essay?

Similar to descriptive essay, the evaluative essay outline consist of introduction, body and conclusion. Below, you can find the guidelines on how to write each part:

when beginning an evaluation essay, the hardest part is to write an effective introduction? The main purpose of a solid intro is to catch the eyes of reader and quickly delineate for what your essay is, so that just a few sentences can reveal your exposition and the reader would like to continue reading. Coincidentally, for the starting part a few sentences are sufficient. Your introduction closes with the thesis statement which articulate your thoughts on which you are going to put in highlights in the evaluation.

There should be atleast three or more paragraphs in the body section. Each passage of body section should be started with a topic sentence that fills in as a little examples and illustrations. Prove your topic sentence with evidence from credible resources. Ensure that you have exhibited enough data and subtleties in each passage, so every reader who reads it, can be prepared to agree with your ideas.

Your conclusion begins with thesis statement. A conclusion, like other essays has a closing phrase. Start your conclusion by restating your thesis restatement. Then, review all the main points you have raised in your body paragraphs wrapping up with the final estimation you want your readers to get from your evaluation. Simple, this is how you conclude your essay!

Many students when composing an evaluation essay try to begin with the sample and example which helps them in writing. Regardless of if the essay is your evaluation paper test, as a student you may discover basic ideas to consider in your evaluation essay. The composition procedure of an evaluation essay can be simple when you have a model to replicate or follow. From a genuine model of an evaluative essay you can pick the standards that the essay writer has utilized in their composition. It is never prescribe to the students to duplicate the content of the evaluation essay available online for your evaluation paper – it might be viewed as faking. In extraordinary cases, the students can make over completed papers. However, when the essay is written without anyone else help, it is can surely very different, for which the student can get a high assessment. If you copy and re-write some material from the examples, be sure to check the composed article for unoriginality. Also, we have provided below a few sample works in this article for your assistance.

Bottom Line

Conclude your story with the inferences you have reached through evaluation and shape the assessment of your chosen story. A conclusion is meant to sum up all you had offered in your body section. At last, you can offer advice to the pursuers of the essay on whether viewing the story was worthy or not. If you concluding by negative criticism, you have to quickly clarify why. At that point, clarify your position especially inspired by which events. You should conclude with the inquiries that can assist you with making your exposition about the story: Has the story lived up to the expectation you had? Portray what you expected before you had seen the story and whether it has satisfied you as an audience or not. How can this story be contrasted with another from a similar class? Do you believe that this is the perfect story of a specific class? For this you can utilize this correlation with feature negative or positive parts of the story.

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Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements

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This resource provides tips for creating a thesis statement and examples of different types of thesis statements.

Tips for Writing Your Thesis Statement

1. Determine what kind of paper you are writing:

If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader.

2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.

3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.

4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.

Thesis Statement Examples

Example of an analytical thesis statement:

The paper that follows should:

Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement:

Example of an argumentative thesis statement:

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So much is at stake in writing a conclusion. This is, after all, your last chance to persuade your readers to your point of view, to impress yourself upon them as a writer and thinker. And the impression you create in your conclusion will shape the impression that stays with your readers after they've finished the essay.

The end of an essay should therefore convey a sense of completeness and closure as well as a sense of the lingering possibilities of the topic, its larger meaning, its implications: the final paragraph should close the discussion without closing it off.

To establish a sense of closure, you might do one or more of the following:

To close the discussion without closing it off, you might do one or more of the following:

Finally, some advice on how not to end an essay:

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How to Write an Essay Introduction | 4 Steps & Examples

Published on February 4, 2019 by Shona McCombes . Revised on September 14, 2022.

A good introduction paragraph is an essential part of any academic essay . It sets up your argument and tells the reader what to expect.

The main goals of an introduction are to:

This introduction example is taken from our interactive essay example on the history of Braille.

The invention of Braille was a major turning point in the history of disability. The writing system of raised dots used by visually impaired people was developed by Louis Braille in nineteenth-century France. In a society that did not value disabled people in general, blindness was particularly stigmatized, and lack of access to reading and writing was a significant barrier to social participation. The idea of tactile reading was not entirely new, but existing methods based on sighted systems were difficult to learn and use. As the first writing system designed for blind people’s needs, Braille was a groundbreaking new accessibility tool. It not only provided practical benefits, but also helped change the cultural status of blindness. This essay begins by discussing the situation of blind people in nineteenth-century Europe. It then describes the invention of Braille and the gradual process of its acceptance within blind education. Subsequently, it explores the wide-ranging effects of this invention on blind people’s social and cultural lives.

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Step 1: hook your reader, step 2: give background information, step 3: present your thesis statement, step 4: map your essay’s structure, step 5: check and revise, more examples of essay introductions, frequently asked questions about the essay introduction.

Your first sentence sets the tone for the whole essay, so spend some time on writing an effective hook.

Avoid long, dense sentences—start with something clear, concise and catchy that will spark your reader’s curiosity.

The hook should lead the reader into your essay, giving a sense of the topic you’re writing about and why it’s interesting. Avoid overly broad claims or plain statements of fact.

Examples: Writing a good hook

Take a look at these examples of weak hooks and learn how to improve them.

The first sentence is a dry fact; the second sentence is more interesting, making a bold claim about exactly  why the topic is important.

Avoid using a dictionary definition as your hook, especially if it’s an obvious term that everyone knows. The improved example here is still broad, but it gives us a much clearer sense of what the essay will be about.

Instead of just stating a fact that the reader already knows, the improved hook here tells us about the mainstream interpretation of the book, implying that this essay will offer a different interpretation.

Next, give your reader the context they need to understand your topic and argument. Depending on the subject of your essay, this might include:

The information here should be broad but clearly focused and relevant to your argument. Don’t give too much detail—you can mention points that you will return to later, but save your evidence and interpretation for the main body of the essay.

How much space you need for background depends on your topic and the scope of your essay. In our Braille example, we take a few sentences to introduce the topic and sketch the social context that the essay will address:

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Now it’s time to narrow your focus and show exactly what you want to say about the topic. This is your thesis statement —a sentence or two that sums up your overall argument.

This is the most important part of your introduction. A  good thesis isn’t just a statement of fact, but a claim that requires evidence and explanation.

The goal is to clearly convey your own position in a debate or your central point about a topic.

Particularly in longer essays, it’s helpful to end the introduction by signposting what will be covered in each part. Keep it concise and give your reader a clear sense of the direction your argument will take.

As you research and write, your argument might change focus or direction as you learn more.

For this reason, it’s often a good idea to wait until later in the writing process before you write the introduction paragraph—it can even be the very last thing you write.

When you’ve finished writing the essay body and conclusion , you should return to the introduction and check that it matches the content of the essay.

It’s especially important to make sure your thesis statement accurately represents what you do in the essay. If your argument has gone in a different direction than planned, tweak your thesis statement to match what you actually say.

You can use the checklist below to make sure your introduction does everything it’s supposed to.

Checklist: Essay introduction

My first sentence is engaging and relevant.

I have introduced the topic with necessary background information.

I have defined any important terms.

My thesis statement clearly presents my main point or argument.

Everything in the introduction is relevant to the main body of the essay.

You have a strong introduction - now make sure the rest of your essay is just as good.

This introduction to an argumentative essay sets up the debate about the internet and education, and then clearly states the position the essay will argue for.

The spread of the internet has had a world-changing effect, not least on the world of education. The use of the internet in academic contexts is on the rise, and its role in learning is hotly debated. For many teachers who did not grow up with this technology, its effects seem alarming and potentially harmful. This concern, while understandable, is misguided. The negatives of internet use are outweighed by its critical benefits for students and educators—as a uniquely comprehensive and accessible information source; a means of exposure to and engagement with different perspectives; and a highly flexible learning environment.

This introduction to a short expository essay leads into the topic (the invention of the printing press) and states the main point the essay will explain (the effect of this invention on European society).

In many ways, the invention of the printing press marked the end of the Middle Ages. The medieval period in Europe is often remembered as a time of intellectual and political stagnation. Prior to the Renaissance, the average person had very limited access to books and was unlikely to be literate. The invention of the printing press in the 15th century allowed for much less restricted circulation of information in Europe, paving the way for the Reformation.

This introduction to a literary analysis essay , about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein , starts by describing a simplistic popular view of the story, and then states how the author will give a more complex analysis of the text’s literary devices.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is often read as a crude cautionary tale. Arguably the first science fiction novel, its plot can be read as a warning about the dangers of scientific advancement unrestrained by ethical considerations. In this reading, and in popular culture representations of the character as a “mad scientist”, Victor Frankenstein represents the callous, arrogant ambition of modern science. However, far from providing a stable image of the character, Shelley uses shifting narrative perspectives to gradually transform our impression of Frankenstein, portraying him in an increasingly negative light as the novel goes on. While he initially appears to be a naive but sympathetic idealist, after the creature’s narrative Frankenstein begins to resemble—even in his own telling—the thoughtlessly cruel figure the creature represents him as.

Your essay introduction should include three main things, in this order:

The length of each part depends on the length and complexity of your essay .

The “hook” is the first sentence of your essay introduction . It should lead the reader into your essay, giving a sense of why it’s interesting.

To write a good hook, avoid overly broad statements or long, dense sentences. Try to start with something clear, concise and catchy that will spark your reader’s curiosity.

A thesis statement is a sentence that sums up the central point of your paper or essay . Everything else you write should relate to this key idea.

The thesis statement is essential in any academic essay or research paper for two main reasons:

Without a clear thesis statement, an essay can end up rambling and unfocused, leaving your reader unsure of exactly what you want to say.

The structure of an essay is divided into an introduction that presents your topic and thesis statement , a body containing your in-depth analysis and arguments, and a conclusion wrapping up your ideas.

The structure of the body is flexible, but you should always spend some time thinking about how you can organize your essay to best serve your ideas.

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The Critical Analysis Essay: An Introduction and Topic Resources

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Tips for Reading Critically

When writing creatively, there are a few things you should consider. Try to identify the purpose of the work, analyze the structure, and be sure to do your research for anything unfamiliar to you. Outline the work, write a summary, and evaluate how the author accomplished the purpose of the work.

Study Guides and Strategies offers an excellent page on critical reading including a worksheet that can be filled out and printed . Use this worksheet as a guideline while working on your essay. Study Guides and Strategies also lists some characteristics of critical readers, and you should consider applying those characteristics when reading through the work you’re analyzing.

Writing Your Critical Analysis Essay

Before you start your essay, it’s important to consider an outline. Not only will it help you stay on topic while writing, but it will allow you to get all of your thoughts down while they’re still fresh in your mind. An example outline is written below. Learn how to write better college essays .

 An Example Outline

 I. Background Information

A. Information about the work

3. Publication

B. Your main reaction to the work, your thesis statement

II. Summary of the Work

III. Analysis of the Work

A. Statement of the topic or purpose of the work

B. Evaluating the organization of the work

C. Evaluating the style of the work

D. The effectiveness of the work

E. Evaluating how the author treats the topic

F. Evaluating the appeal of the work to a particular audience

The Layout of Your Paper

Like all other essays, your critical analysis essay should include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. The length of your assignment will decide how many body paragraphs you will have. You should include the background information within the introduction paragraph of your essay. This will introduce the work to your reader as well as your thesis statement.

Your summary of the work will be included in the body. Some teachers will request that you skip the summary as they have likely read the work themselves, but if you were asked to choose your own piece to analyze, you should include a summary. Your summary should be short, no more than a couple of paragraphs.

Once you have summarized the work, you should begin your analysis. Although much of your analysis is based on how you responded to the work, you should avoid using the statements “I think” or “In my opinion.” Pointing out your opinion will only lessen the strength behind it. Boost your proofreading skills to write a better essay .

Remember that your thesis is only as strong as the evidence to back it. Although most teachers allow external sources when writing critical analysis essays, most would prefer you use only the text itself as your only source. Not only does this encourage you to support your thesis with only the work itself, but it will also increase your critical reading of the work as you will analyze every bit of the writing to find a thesis you can prove.

Your conclusion should summarize everything you already discussed in your paper. Restate your thesis, summarize your analysis, and include any possible recommendations on improving the piece. Remember that your conclusion shouldn’t be much more than a paragraph or two. Also, don’t forget to cite any quotes or paraphrases.

How to Cite in Text

Depending on your teacher, you will need to follow MLA or APA format when citing your quotations and paraphrases of the author’s work. Most community colleges use only MLA style, and most universities or four-year colleges use APA format. Here’s a short summary on both MLA and APA.

Citing Works in Text with MLA Format

Because you will likely only have one work to cite, this will make citing your work easy. There are a number of ways you can cite within the text. The first is by stating the author’s name before citing:

As Robert Frost stated in his poem, “I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference” (17).

The slash is used to show a line break, which is common in poems. By stating the author’s name before the quote, you only need to write the page number within the parenthesis. Here’s another way you can quote an author’s work:

“I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference” (Frost 17) gives us a powerful image of the strength behind the choices we make.

 The author’s name is important to note only in the first quote when you have only one source. Because there is no mention of Robert Frost before or after the quote, it’s important to add his name within the parenthesis. Here’s another way to quote your source properly:

Robert Frost’s mention of the difference made by picking the road less traveled by gives us a powerful image of the strength behind the choices we make (17).

This is a paraphrased quote from Robert Frost’s poem, but you must still cite it because you mention another author’s work.

Citing Works in Text with APA Format

Again, citing a single work in a paper will make things much easier, but APA makes things a bit more complicated. MLA format only requires mention of the author and the page number. APA requires the author, year of publication, and the page preceded by a “p.” for reference. Using the same work from above, here’s an example of the first method of citing within text using APA format:

As Frost (1916) states in his poem, “I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference” (p. 17).

The author’s name is stated first, followed by the year of publication, and the page number follows after the quote. Here’s another method of citing using APA format:

 “I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference” (Frost, 1916, p. 17) gives us a powerful image of the strength behind the choices we make.

If you don’t plan to use the author’s name in something known as a signal phrase, it’s important to list it in the parenthesis with the year of publication and page number. Here are two examples of paraphrasing a work with APA format:

Robert Frost’s (1916) mention of the difference made by picking the road less traveled by gives us a powerful image of the strength behind the choices we make.

Picking the road less traveled by gives us a powerful image of the strength behind the choices we make (Frost, 1916, p. 17).

You will notice that the first example doesn’t have a page number. APA format allows it to be optional when paraphrasing. The second example is an example of paraphrasing in which the author is not mentioned by name.

Interested in learning more about proper writing and citation in both MLA and APA format,  taking a course like this one in college writing essentials will teach you both.

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How to Write a Self-Evaluation

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You’ve been asked to write a self-evaluation. That means not only do you have to reflect on the past year and demonstrate your value to the company you work for, but you also have to do it with a dash of humility and eagerness to grow.

No pressure, right?

Let’s break down all the necessary steps, simplify things, and take the dread out of writing a self-evaluation. You’ve got this!

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Before You Begin Writing Your Self-Evaluation

A lot of the work that goes into writing your own review is prep work. If you were aware that a self-evaluation was on the horizon, you may have been proactive and kept notes about your accomplishments and struggles over the course of the year. In that case, congratulations! You’re halfway there.

But if the review process was a surprise or you didn’t prep, don’t fret. There’s plenty you can do to pull together a strong self-evaluation.

1 Know how the self-evaluation is going to be used

It’s helpful to know why your boss has asked for a self-review. Will it be used when he or she writes your performance review? Will it be brought into play when you’re considered for raises or bonuses? How in-depth should the evaluation be? Should it include any analytics? This information will give you a solid starting point and ultimately affect how you write the review.

2 Write out a list of your accomplishments

It’s time to think about what you’ve achieved over the past year. Brainstorm and create a master list of the things you’ve done. For now, include everything you can think of. As you sit down to write your review, you can whittle that list down to the essentials—the things you’re most proud of and especially those that brought the most value to the company.

3 Gather analytics if you can

Make your value quantifiable whenever possible. “I increased my customer retention” isn’t nearly as compelling as “I increased my customer retention by 21 percent.” The extra time you take to do some analysis before you write your review will pay off by solidifying the value of your accomplishments. Data talks!

4 Write out a list of your struggles

Your self-appraisal shouldn’t consist solely of you tooting your own horn. It’s important to show that you recognize your on-the-job challenges. Again, be comprehensive. You can trim the list down to the major issues when you begin to write.

Writing Your Self-Review

Now that you’re organized, you’re ready to begin writing. Here are a few guidelines to keeping your review positive and aimed at showcasing your contributions while also helping with your professional development.

5 Narrow your accomplishments list down

Sure, you’ve done a lot over the course of the year, but your review should be about the highlights. Include any achievements that you have data to support. Also include the things you’re most proud of. Show off your best work.

6 Don’t forget to align your review with your manager’s or team’s goals

What goals was your manager or team striving to reach over the past year? How did your efforts contribute to reaching those goals? It’s important to include this information in your self-review so your manager can clearly see how you’ve contributed.

7 Stay positive when describing your challenges

It’s important that you use positive language to describe the things you’ve struggled with on the job. Your goal is not to call attention to your failures but to show your willingness to grow. Whenever possible, offer up your own solution to the problem. For example:

I failed to reach several deadlines.

“Failed” is a negative word. You don’t want your boss to equate your name with failure. Instead, use positive language, and don’t forget to show what you’ve done to address the problem:

Several missed deadlines helped me identify my time management challenges. I’ve started creating daily task lists to help me stay on track.

Here’s a tip: Before you turn in your self-review, run it through IBM Watson’s Tone Analyzer . High scores in social tendencies like agreeableness and conscientiousness are excellent. Watch for red flag emotions like anger or fear. A tentative language style will sound wishy-washy, but excessive confidence might come across as arrogant. Strive for a balance.

8 Keep the focus on you

If you didn’t quite reach your objectives, don’t point fingers—this is your review, not your team’s. Your self-evaluation is no place to play the blame game. If you have a problem with a coworker and you believe that problem has affected your performance, that’s something you need to bring to your manager’s attention separately, and ideally long before your review.

9 Don’t forget to ask for growth opportunities

Your self-review is a great place to make your case for professional development opportunities. Remember, in order to get what you want you’ve got to be willing to ask for it. So, even if your boss didn’t specifically request it, go ahead and make your pitch to get that certification, attend that training session, or register for that conference. Your boss will likely appreciate your enthusiasm and desire to amp up your skill set.

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