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How to Evaluate Essay Writing
Last Updated: April 25, 2020 References
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, PhD . Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas. He received his PhD in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. This article has been viewed 30,659 times.
Essays are common assignments in high school and college. If you are a new teacher trying to evaluate student essays, then familiarizing yourself with the basic parts of an essay can also be helpful. Essays are usually broken into an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. In some cases, an essay may also need to include a works cited or reference page. If you also need to assign a grade to an essay, develop a rubric and deduct a set number of points for items that are missing, incomplete, or incorrect.
Evaluating the Thesis Statement and Introduction
- For example, in an essay about the first day of classes at a new school, the author might engage readers by providing a vivid description of what it was like for them to walk down the hallway for the first time.
- For example, if the essay is supposed to be about gun control, then the introduction should provide context for readers about this subject. This may be in the form of facts and statistics, an anecdote, or some background information on the controversy.
- On the other hand, a narrative essay on the first day of class at a new school would need to provide a scene from that experience or some kind of background information, such as why they had to start at a new school.
- For example, if the topic is declining bee populations, then the author might include something about how this will affect the food supply to get readers to care about the subject.
- If the essay is about a memorable family vacation, then the introduction might explain how this vacation changed the author’s perspective.
- For example, a paper about the benefits of recycling might include a thesis that reads, “Everyone should recycle because we have limited resources and recycling helps to conserve energy.”
- A narrative essay does not need to have an argument, but there should be a sentence that describes the main point of the essay, such as, “My family’s trip to Turkey taught me about different cultures, cuisines, and religions, and I learned so much about myself along the way.”
Reading the Body Paragraphs
- There would only need to be 3 body paragraphs if the essay is meant to be a 5 paragraph essay. If the essay is meant to be longer, then it should have about 2 body paragraphs per page.
- Multiply the total pages of the essay by 2 and then subtract 2 (for the intro and conclusion) to find the approximate number of body paragraphs a paper should have. For example, a 4 page essay should have about 6 body paragraphs.
- For example, if the topic sentence reads, “Polar bears require a large amount of food to sustain their body weight,” then the rest of the paragraph should expound upon what and how much polar bears eat.
- For a topic sentence that reads, “The meal consisted of a hearty goat stew for the main course, and several traditional side dishes in a variety of colors, flavors, and textures,” the paragraph should provide additional details about the meal.
- For example, if a sentence reads, “Male polar bears weight between 775 to 1,200 pounds (352 to 544 kg),” then there should be a source for this information because this is not information that most people know.  X Research source
- On the other hand, it would not be necessary to include a source for a sentence that reads, “Polar bears are large, white bears.”
- If a paragraph is describing a person, then the author might include details about the color of their hair, the sound of their voice, and the type of clothing they wore.
- For example, an effective descriptive paragraph might read, “Judy stood a whole head above me, but she also had an impressive afro that added about 6 inches (15 cm) to her height. She wore black Converse, ripped white jeans, a cherry red, v-neck t-shirt, and a silver locket that contained a picture of her father. Her voice was deep and raspy, as if she had smoked for 20 years, but she had never even had a puff.”
- Sequence: then, next, finally, first, second, third, last
- Cause and effect: for this reason, as a result, consequently, thus, therefore, hence
- Contrast or comparison: but, however, conversely, similarly, likewise, in the same way, also
- Example: for example, for instance, in fact, to illustrate
- Purpose: for this reason, to this end, for this purpose
- Time or place: before, after, immediately, in the meantime, below, above, to the south, nearby  X Research source
Reviewing the End of the Essay
- For example, if the essay was about the benefits of recycling and why it is important to recycle, then the conclusion might include a sentence that reads, “Despite all of the benefits of recycling and how easy it is to recycle, many people still don’t do it.”
- For a narrative essay that begins with a description of how nervous the author was to walk down the hall on the first day at a new school, the author could make a similar return to the introduction. The conclusion might include something like, “That first day was terrifying and walking down the hall felt like walking to my doom, but I learned that I was not the only one who felt that way.”
- For example, at the end of a narrative essay you might be left thinking about the vivid description of a favorite family meal.
- An argumentative essay may leave you thinking about the moral dilemma raised by the author regarding gun control.
- An expository essay about polar bears might leave you with a new appreciation for their size and strength.
- If the conclusion does introduce new information, note this in your evaluation.
Evaluating Cited Sources
- Make sure the citations are formatted according to the style guide listed on the assignment sheet, such as MLA, APA, or Chicago Style.
- You may not have time to do this for every single piece of evidence, especially if you have a lot of students. If this is the case, you could randomly check 1-2 pieces of evidence for each essay you grade.
- If you're in doubt about a source, use the information on the works cited page to find the original source and review it.
- Remember that the format should match the assigned style guide, such as MLA, APA, or Chicago Style.
Grading an Essay
- Some teachers and professors require students to rewrite essays that do not satisfy the basic requirements of an assignment. If you come across an essay like this, then you might want to meet with the student to discuss their options.
- Before you assign points to the criteria, rank them in order of importance for this assignment. This will help you create a points system that relates to the goal for this assignment.
- It's best to give your students a copy of the rubric when you make the assignment. This allows the students to understand your grading process and expectations.
- Thesis statement
- Development of ideas
- For example, if you require students to include a thesis statement in the first paragraph to outline the paper’s argument, then you might deduct 15 points if it is missing, or 10 points if it is incomplete or incorrect.
- It's essential to clearly communicate your expectations to your students. Include all of the information they need to earn full credit in the assignment sheet, including your rubric. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- If you are evaluating your own essay, use the teacher’s assignment guidelines to ensure that you have included all of the required elements of an essay. Ask your teacher if you are unsure. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
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- ↑ https://writerscentre.yale-nus.edu.sg/resources/elements-of-a-good-essay/elements-of-a-good-essay/
- ↑ https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/academic_writing/essay_writing/expository_essays.html
- ↑ https://www.livescience.com/27436-polar-bear-facts.html
- ↑ https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/academic_writing/essay_writing/descriptive_essays.html
- ↑ http://web.mit.edu/course/21/21.guide/tran-cwp.htm
- ↑ http://core.ecu.edu/hist/zipfk/guidelines_for_grading_an_essay.htm
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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’:
- Merriam-Webster defines evaluation as: “to determine the significance, worth, or condition of usually by careful appraisal and study”
- Collins Dictionary says: “If you evaluate something or someone, you consider them in order to make a judgment about them, for example about how good or bad they are.”
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:
- Discuss both the pros and cons of the thing
- Discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of the thing
- Look at the thing from multiple different perspectives
- Be both positive and critical. Don’t make it look like you’re biased towards one perspective.
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:
- Strength under pressure
- Longevity (ability to survive for a long time)
- Ease of use
- Ability to get the job done
- Ability to predict my needs
- Calmness under pressure
A Bed and Breakfast
- Breakfast options
- Taste of food
- Comfort of bed
- Local attractions
- Service from owner
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:
- Looked at both good and bad elements of the ‘thing’, and
- Used an evaluation criteria
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:
- A strength of the meal was its presentation. It was well presented and looked enticing to eat.
- A weakness of the meal was that it was overcooked. This decreased its flavor.
- The meal was given a low rating on ‘cost’ because it was more expensive than the other comparative meals on the menu.
- The meal was given a high rating on ‘creativity’. It was a meal that involved a thoughtful and inventive mix of ingredients.
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:
- Overall, the meal was good enough for a middle-tier restaurant but would not be considered a high-class meal. There is a lot of room for improvement if the chef wants to win any local cooking awards.
Evaluative terms that you might want to use for this final evaluation argument might include:
- All things considered
- With all key points in mind
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:
- Interest: Make a statement about the ‘thing’ you’re evaluating that you think will be of interest to the reader. Make it a catchy, engaging point that draws the reader in!
- Notify: Notify the reader of any background info on the thing you’re evaluating. This is your chance to show your depth of knowledge. What is a historical fact about the ‘thing’?
- Translate: Re-state the essay question. For an evaluative essay, you can re-state it something like: “This essay evaluates the book/ product/ article/ etc. by looking at its strengths and weaknesses and compares it against a marking criteria”.
- Report: Say what your final evaluation will be. For example you can say “While there are some weaknesses in this book, overall this evaluative essay will show that it helps progress knowledge about Dinosaurs.”
- Outline: Simply give a clear overview of what will be discussed. For example, you can say: “Firstly, the essay will evaluate the product based on an objective criteria. This criteria will include its value for money, fit for purpose and ease of use. Next, the essay will show the main strengths and weaknesses of the product. Lastly, the essay will provide a final evaluative statement about the product’s overall value and worth.”
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:
- Impact on world history
- Ability to pass legislation
- Popularity with voters
- Morals and ethics
- Ability to change lives for the better
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:
- impact on social interactions;
- impact on the media landscape;
- impact on politics
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:
- Close the loop: Return to a statement you made in the introduction.
- Conclude: Show what your final position is.
- Clarify: Clarify how your final position is relevant to the Essay Question.
- Concern: Explain who should be concerned by your findings.
- Consequences: End by noting in one final, engaging sentence why this topic is of such importance. The ‘concern’ and ‘consequences’ sentences can be combined
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
- Evaluate the impact of global warming on the great barrier reef. Recommended evaluation criteria: Level of bleaching; Impact on tourism; Economic impact; Impact on lifestyles; Impact on sealife
- Evaluate the impact of the Global Financial Crisis on poverty. Recommended evaluation criteria: Impact on jobs; Impact on childhood poverty; Impact on mental health rates; Impact on economic growth; Impact on the wealthy; Global impact
- Evaluate the impact of having children on your lifestyle. Recommended evaluation criteria: Impact on spare time; Impact on finances; Impact on happiness; Impact on sense of wellbeing
- Evaluate the impact of the internet on the world. Recommended evaluation criteria: Impact on connectedness; Impact on dating; Impact on business integration; Impact on globalization ; Impact on media
- Evaluate the impact of public transportation on cities. Recommended evaluation criteria: Impact on cost of living; Impact on congestion; Impact on quality of life; Impact on health; Impact on economy
- Evaluate the impact of universal healthcare on quality of life. Recommended evaluation criteria: Impact on reducing disease rates; Impact on the poorest in society; Impact on life expectancy; Impact on happiness
- Evaluate the impact of getting a college degree on a person’s life. Recommended evaluation criteria: Impact on debt levels; Impact on career prospects; Impact on life perspectives; Impact on relationships
6.2 Evaluation of a Scholarly Text or Theory
- Evaluate a Textbook. Recommended evaluation criteria: clarity of explanations; relevance to a course; value for money; practical advice; depth and detail; breadth of information
- Evaluate a Lecture Series, Podcast or Guest Lecture. Recommended evaluation criteria: clarity of speaker; engagement of attendees; appropriateness of content; value for monet
- Evaluate a journal article. Recommended evaluation criteria: length; clarity; quality of methodology; quality of literature review; relevance of findings for real life
- Evaluate a Famous Scientists. Recommended evaluation criteria: contribution to scientific knowledge; impact on health and prosperity of humankind; controversies and disagreements with other scientists.
- Evaluate a Theory. Recommended evaluation criteria: contribution to knowledge; reliability or accuracy; impact on the lives of ordinary people; controversies and contradictions with other theories.
6.3 Evaluation of Art and Literature
- Evaluate a Novel. Recommended evaluation criteria: plot complexity; moral or social value of the message; character development; relevance to modern life
- Evaluate a Play. Recommended evaluation criteria: plot complexity; quality of acting; moral or social value of the message; character development; relevance to modern life
- Evaluate a Film. Recommended evaluation criteria: plot complexity; quality of acting; moral or social value of the message; character development; relevance to modern life
- Evaluate an Artwork. Recommended evaluation criteria: impact on art theory; moral or social message; complexity or quality of composition
6.4 Evaluation of a Product or Service
- Evaluate a Hotel or Bed and Breakfast. Recommended evaluation criteria: quality of service; flexibility of check-in and check-out times; cleanliness; location; value for money; wi-fi strength; noise levels at night; quality of meals; value for money
- Evaluate a Restaurant. Recommended evaluation criteria: quality of service; menu choices; cleanliness; atmosphere; taste; value for money.
- Evaluate a Car. Recommended evaluation criteria: fuel efficiency; value for money; build quality; likelihood to break down; comfort.
- Evaluate a House. Recommended evaluation criteria: value for money; build quality; roominess; location; access to public transport; quality of neighbourhood
- Evaluate a Doctor. Recommended evaluation criteria: Quality of service; knowledge; quality of equipment; reputation; value for money.
- Evaluate a Course. Recommended evaluation criteria: value for money; practical advice; quality of teaching; quality of resources provided.
7. Concluding Advice
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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Please note that these four categories are interdependent. For example, if your evidence is weak, this will almost certainly affect the quality of your argument and organization. Likewise, if you have difficulty with syntax, it is to be expected that your transitions will suffer. In revision, therefore, take a holistic approach to improving your essay, rather than focussing exclusively on one aspect.
An excellent paper:
Argument: The paper knows what it wants to say and why it wants to say it. It goes beyond pointing out comparisons to using them to change the reader?s vision. Organization: Every paragraph supports the main argument in a coherent way, and clear transitions point out why each new paragraph follows the previous one. Evidence: Concrete examples from texts support general points about how those texts work. The paper provides the source and significance of each piece of evidence. Mechanics: The paper uses correct spelling and punctuation. In short, it generally exhibits a good command of academic prose.
A mediocre paper:
Argument: The paper replaces an argument with a topic, giving a series of related observations without suggesting a logic for their presentation or a reason for presenting them. Organization: The observations of the paper are listed rather than organized. Often, this is a symptom of a problem in argument, as the framing of the paper has not provided a path for evidence to follow. Evidence: The paper offers very little concrete evidence, instead relying on plot summary or generalities to talk about a text. If concrete evidence is present, its origin or significance is not clear. Mechanics: The paper contains frequent errors in syntax, agreement, pronoun reference, and/or punctuation.
An appallingly bad paper:
Argument: The paper lacks even a consistent topic, providing a series of largely unrelated observations. Organization: The observations are listed rather than organized, and some of them do not appear to belong in the paper at all. Both paper and paragraphs lack coherence. Evidence: The paper offers no concrete evidence from the texts or misuses a little evidence. Mechanics: The paper contains constant and glaring errors in syntax, agreement, reference, spelling, and/or punctuation.
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Published on June 2, 2022 by Eoghan Ryan . Revised on December 7, 2022.
The sources you use are an important component of your research. It’s important to evaluate the sources you’re considering using, in order to:
- Ensure that they’re credible
- Determine whether they’re relevant to your topic
- Assess the quality of their arguments
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Evaluating a source’s credibility, evaluating a source’s relevance, evaluating a source’s arguments, frequently asked questions about evaluating sources.
Evaluating the credibility of a source is an important way of sifting out misinformation and determining whether you should use it in your research. Useful approaches include the CRAAP test and lateral reading .
One of the best ways to evaluate source credibility is the CRAAP test . This stands for:
- Currency: Does the source reflect recent research?
- Relevance: Is the source related to your research topic?
- Authority: Is it a respected publication? Is the author an expert in their field?
- Accuracy: Does the source support its arguments and conclusions with evidence?
- Purpose: What is the author’s intention?
How you evaluate a source using these criteria will depend on your subject and focus. It’s important to understand the types of sources and how you should use them in your field of research.
Lateral reading is the act of evaluating the credibility of a source by comparing it to other sources. This allows you to:
- Verify evidence
- Contextualize information
- Find potential weaknesses
If a source is using methods or drawing conclusions that are incompatible with other research in its field, it may not be reliable.
Rather than taking these figures at face value, you decide to determine the accuracy of the source’s claims by cross-checking them with official statistics such as census reports and figures compiled by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics.
How you evaluate the relevance of a source will depend on your topic, and on where you are in the research process . Preliminary evaluation helps you to pick out relevant sources in your search, while in-depth evaluation allows you to understand how they’re related.
As you cannot possibly read every source related to your topic, you can use preliminary evaluation to determine which sources might be relevant. This is especially important when you’re surveying a large number of sources (e.g., in a literature review or systematic review ).
One way to do this is to look at paratextual material, or the parts of a work other than the text itself.
- Look at the table of contents to determine the scope of the work.
- Consult the index for key terms or the names of important scholars.
You can also read abstracts , prefaces , introductions , and conclusions . These will give you a clear idea of the author’s intentions, the parameters of the research, and even the conclusions they draw.
Preliminary evaluation is useful as it allows you to:
- Determine whether a source is worth examining in more depth
- Quickly move on to more relevant sources
- Increase the quality of the information you consume
While this preliminary evaluation is an important step in the research process, you should engage with sources more deeply in order to adequately understand them.
Begin your in-depth evaluation with any landmark studies in your field of research, or with sources that you’re sure are related to your research topic.
As you read, try to understand the connections between the sources. Look for:
- Key debates: What topics or questions are currently influencing research? How does the source respond to these key debates?
- Major publications or critics: Are there any specific texts or scholars that have greatly influenced the field? How does the source engage with them?
- Trends: Is the field currently dominated by particular theories or research methods ? How does the source respond to these?
- Gaps: Are there any oversights or weaknesses in the research?
Even sources whose conclusions you disagree with can be relevant, as they can strengthen your argument by offering alternative perspectives.
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Every source should contribute to the debate about its topic by taking a clear position. This position and the conclusions the author comes to should be supported by evidence from direct observation or from other sources.
Most sources will use a mix of primary and secondary sources to form an argument . It is important to consider how the author uses these sources. A good argument should be based on analysis and critique, and there should be a logical relationship between evidence and conclusions.
To assess an argument’s strengths and weaknesses, ask:
- Does the evidence support the claim?
- How does the author use evidence? What theories, methods, or models do they use?
- Could the evidence be used to draw other conclusions? Can it be interpreted differently?
- How does the author situate their argument in the field? Do they agree or disagree with other scholars? Do they confirm or challenge established knowledge?
Situating a source in relation to other sources ( lateral reading ) can help you determine whether the author’s arguments and conclusions are reliable and how you will respond to them in your own writing.
As you cannot possibly read every source related to your topic, it’s important to evaluate sources to assess their relevance. Use preliminary evaluation to determine whether a source is worth examining in more depth.
- Reading abstracts , prefaces, introductions , and conclusions
- Looking at the table of contents to determine the scope of the work
- Consulting the index for key terms or the names of important scholars
Lateral reading is the act of evaluating the credibility of a source by comparing it with other sources. This allows you to:
A credible source should pass the CRAAP test and follow these guidelines:
- The information should be up to date and current.
- The author and publication should be a trusted authority on the subject you are researching.
- The sources the author cited should be easy to find, clear, and unbiased.
- For a web source, the URL and layout should signify that it is trustworthy.
The CRAAP test is an acronym to help you evaluate the credibility of a source you are considering using. It is an important component of information literacy .
The CRAAP test has five main components:
- Currency: Is the source up to date?
- Relevance: Is the source relevant to your research?
- Authority: Where is the source published? Who is the author? Are they considered reputable and trustworthy in their field?
- Accuracy: Is the source supported by evidence? Are the claims cited correctly?
- Purpose: What was the motive behind publishing this source?
Scholarly sources are written by experts in their field and are typically subjected to peer review . They are intended for a scholarly audience, include a full bibliography, and use scholarly or technical language. For these reasons, they are typically considered credible sources .
Popular sources like magazines and news articles are typically written by journalists. These types of sources usually don’t include a bibliography and are written for a popular, rather than academic, audience. They are not always reliable and may be written from a biased or uninformed perspective, but they can still be cited in some contexts.
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Self-Evaluation of Essays
A brief guide to evaluating your own writing.
- Writing Essays
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- English Grammar
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You're probably used to having your writing evaluated by teachers. The odd abbreviations ("AGR," "REF," "AWK!"), the comments in the margins, the grade at the end of the paper--these are all methods used by instructors to identify what they see as the strengths and weaknesses of your work. Such evaluations can be quite helpful, but they're no substitute for a thoughtful self-evaluation .*
As the writer, you can evaluate the whole process of composing a paper, from coming up with a topic to revising and editing drafts . Your instructor, on the other hand, often can evaluate only the final product.
A good self-evaluation is neither a defense nor an apology. Rather, it's a way of becoming more aware of what you go through when you write and of what troubles (if any) that you regularly run into. Writing a brief self-evaluation each time you have completed a writing project should make you more aware of your strengths as a writer and help you see more clearly what skills you need to work on.
Finally, if you decide to share your self-evaluations with a writing instructor or tutor, your comments can guide your teachers as well. By seeing where you're having problems, they may be able to offer more helpful advice when they come to evaluate your work.
So after you finish your next composition , try writing a concise self-evaluation. The following four questions should help you get started, but feel free to add comments not covered by these questions.
A Self-Evaluation Guide
What part of writing this paper took the most time.
Perhaps you had trouble finding a topic or expressing a particular idea. Maybe you agonized over a single word or phrase. Be as specific as you can when you answer this question.
What is the most significant difference between your first draft and this final version?
Explain if you changed your approach to the subject, if you reorganized the paper in any significant way, or if you added or deleted any important details.
What do you think is the best part of your paper?
Explain why a particular sentence, paragraph, or idea pleases you.
What part of this paper could still be improved?
Again, be specific. There may be a troublesome sentence in the paper or an idea that isn't expressed as clearly as you would like it to be.
* Note to Instructors
Just as students need to learn how to conduct peer reviews effectively, they need practice and training in carrying out self-evaluations if the process is to be worthwhile. Consider Betty Bamberg's summary of a study conducted by Richard Beach.
In a study specifically designed to investigate the effect of teacher comment and self-evaluation on revision , Beach ["The Effects of Between-Draft Teacher Evaluation Versus Student Self-Evaluation on High School Students' Revising of Rough Drafts" in Research in the Teaching of English , 13 (2), 1979] compared students who used a self-evaluation guide to revise drafts, received teacher responses to drafts, or were told to revise on their own. After analyzing the amount and kind of revision that resulted with each of these instructional strategies, he found that students who received teacher evaluation showed a greater degree of change, higher fluency, and more support in their final drafts than students who used the self-evaluation forms. Moreover, students who used the self-evaluation guides engaged in no more revising than those who were asked to revise on their own without any assistance. Beach concluded the self-evaluation forms were ineffective because students had received little instruction in self-assessment and were not used to detaching themselves critically from their writing. As a result, he recommended that teachers "provide evaluation during the writing of drafts" (p. 119). (Betty Bamberg, "Revision." Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing , 2nd ed., ed. by Irene L. Clarke. Routledge, 2012)
Most students need to conduct several self-evaluations at different stages of the writing process before they're comfortable "detaching themselves critically" from their own writing. In any case, self-evaluations shouldn't be regarded as substitutes for thoughtful responses from teachers and peers.
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Secrets of Writing an Excellent Evaluation Essay
05 July, 2020
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Author: Elizabeth Brown
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.
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.
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:
- Choose your topic. Whatever kind of essay you are writing, you will have to take this step. Your topic can be offered by your instructor, as the case may be. But if you have to choose it yourself, you should consider a subject that you are familiar with. Thus, it will be easier for you to take an in-depth look at the subject and make a judgement on its value.
- Create a thesis statement. This is an important element of your essay as it contains the general purpose of the evaluation. In the thesis, you need to reflect on the criteria being used to judge the subject matter and state its value. Your statement should look apparent and to the point. In the process of writing, you may revise it as your essay gets shaped.
- Identify the criteria to be used for accessing the subject matter. Determine the benchmarks in your essay in order to make it interesting and engaging. The criteria you choose will depend on the subject of your evaluation. For instance, a movie will be judged using different points of reference than a book.
- Find supporting evidence . Don’t forget that an essay is not just about your opinion. You will need to find some supporting information from trustworthy sources while making each judgement. Don’t think that stating the movie or book title is enough. Use some questions to find out answers that can help you collect more information. How can you evaluate the subject? What kind of readers are you focused on? Will you focus on good or bad sides of the subject?
- Write a draft of your essay . All you need to do is to continue writing. As soon as you have something written on paper, you will rewrite or restructure it unless you are totally happy with the result.
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:
Evaluation Essay VS Review
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.
Tips on Writing an Evaluation Essay from Our Experts
Following the quick tips below, you will find it easier to write an effective evaluation argument essay:
- Provide the right amount of details: Make sure you explain your thoughts clearly and provide sufficient information to convince the reader in the correctness of your judgment.
- Thesis sentence should reveal your actual opinion. If you want to build up the basis for your body, you can include the main reasons for your evaluation in the thesis sentence.
- Know your target audience. By knowing your reader, you can adjust the plot to their specific needs. Whether you write for college students or professors, you will have to apply a bit different approach in the language choice.
- Make some notes. By using a three-column note-taking method, you can organize your thoughts. The columns of criteria, evidence, and judgment will contain the relevant information which will not let you forget or mix facts.
- Be opinionated . By sounding passionate in your evaluation essay, you will increase your chances of catching readers’ attention. The use of vivid nouns and engaging verbs will strengthen the effect produced by your paper. You should have a strong judgment of how the particular subject is either better or worse than other subjects of the same type.
- Back up every judgement you make. Every time you make a judgment, you should be ready to use specific, interesting, and convincing reasons to make it up. For evidence, you can describe the subject, use funny stories, or compare and contrast some notions with a similar subject.
- Provide counter-arguments. When you disagree with what most people think about the particular subject, it makes sense to provide some counter-arguments. This will make the narration more engaging for readers.
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:
- Analyze the dissimilarity between seeing a sporting event live and watching it on ITV.
- Create a comparative assessment of watching a sporting event in a cafe and watching it without leaving the comfort of your home.
- Evaluate the experience of watching a sporting event on your own and with other people.
- Evaluate how a recent drama movie portrays the tragedies of real life.
- Evaluate a classic criminal movie and what it states about the real crime rates in the modern society.
- Evaluate your favorite Chinese restaurant.
- Compare two popular Chinese restaurants in your city.
- Appraise football or basketball from the perspective of a contestant or that of a watcher.
- Analyze the way in which football or basketball has advanced over the last decade.
- Discuss the influence of ESPN on sporting events.
- Evaluate the coverage of the latest Eurovision Song Contest.
- Evaluate a fancy restaurant for how it makes the customer feel after having the meal
- Analyze the way in which a popular horror movie depicts people’s fears.
- Assess a classic action movie and talk about its ideas regarding the functions of men and women.
- Explore the change that occurred in recent war movies if compared to classic war movies.
- How do drama books affect readers?
- Evaluate a book about war and analyze whether it addresses current concerns associated with war and peace.
- Evaluate the effects of online educational programs on students’ performance.
- Do historical movies encourage history learning?
- Evaluate an Italian cafe located in your city. What is the difference between the Italian and local food?
- What makes a traditional Italian meal great?
- Can hamburgers be healthy? Mention some details and provide relevant arguments.
- How mental health issues affect students’ academic performance?
- Analyze teachers’ responsibilities in terms of elementary students’ needs.
- Evaluate the power of verbal encouragement as a motivational factor in the educational process.
- Critically reflect on education services provided to children experiencing difficulties in learning.
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of German secondary education.
- Evaluate teaching methods used at the American universities.
- Ways in which online libraries affect the students’ academic performance.
- How well the film “BraveHeart” portrays historical events?
- Analyze a movie produced in a foreign country and discuss how it reveals its national characteristics.
- Assess Kate Winslet’s play in “Titanic” and discuss which means this actor applies to adapt to this role.
- Make a comparison between modern and classic drama movies.
- Assess the distinct approaches used to transfer data from a smartphone to a PC.
- Make comparisons between various phone plans and determine which provider has the best deals for travelers.
- Assess current information security methods. Which one is the most efficient?
- Assess the key characteristics of WhatsApp.
- Compare the use of several cloud systems that can be implemented by the movie hub website.
- Estimate the chances of Facebook as a marketing resource.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of online advertising.
- Assess the existing approaches to using the Internet in colleges.
- Analyze the consequences of cultural shock.
- Assess the negative sides of overwhelming cultural diversity in the United States.
- Discuss the development path of rap and hip-hop music.
- What is the impact of Buddhism on Indian culture?
- Compare two popular social media platforms in terms of their users, features, and benefits.
- Evaluate the latest version of your favorite smartphone and estimate the positive or negative changes that will affect the industry.
- Compare an educational approach in the military, Christian, or classical school.
- Evaluate the SAT versus the ACT tests.
- Compare the foreign policies established by a few states in the US.
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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.
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.
- You are writing about the new trend of distance learning in the world`s most famous universities, your introduction could sound like: «The world`s most famous universities like Harvard and Oxford are now following the trend of the distant studying. This concept of education means that the students can study from any corner of the world by using computers and the Internet. Can this become a threat to the quality of education?»
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.
- If we are continuing to talk about the distant studying at Harvard and Oxford, we can finish the essay this way: «To summarize, the distant studying is a very convenient way of getting the education. It sounds like the dream come true when you can work, travel, stay in any corner of the world and learn with the help of the Internet without being attached to the building, that inhabits your University. However, it can make a bad influence on the quality of education the universities provide. I personally think, that the quality of education you are getting depends, mostly on you, your wish and motivation, whereas the concept of distant studying gives us an opportunity to get the education in the most prestigious universities without spending a lot of time collecting documents to get the student visa, spending money for home rental and transport, but with the precious opportunity to see the world and to gain the working experience.»
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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Evaluation Essay - Definition, Examples, and Writing Tips
Published on: Jan 12, 2020
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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:
- The first step is to decide the topic of the essay. Choose a compelling and interesting topic that makes your reader want to read the essay.
- After that, decide on the structure that you want to follow. It can be a chronological or point-by-point structure.
- Properly introduce your subject.
- Collect some background information to understand your subject.
- Consider the criteria that you need to make your judgment.
- Provide the basis of your chosen criteria.
- Choose an interesting statement at the start of your essay to grab the reader’s attention.
- Develop the thesis statement that revolves around your judgment.
- Collect evidence to support your thesis.
- Establish your point of view.
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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.
- Write the Introduction
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:
- Start with an interesting hook statement so that you can get the reader’s attention.
- Provide background information about the topic for the reader to understand the subject.
- Establish the evaluation essay thesis statement. It sets out the overall purpose of the evaluation, so make sure it is apparent and to the point.
- Draft the Body Section
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.
- Start with the topic sentence that presents your judgment about the topic.
- Present the supporting evidence to back up the topic sentence and your viewpoint.
- Present the balanced argument to show impartiality.
- Compare and contrast the subject to another subject to show the strengths and weaknesses.
- Present the evaluation from many different perspectives while being both positive and critical.
- Write the Conclusion
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.
- Summarize the points and arguments that you made in the body section.
- Justify your thesis statement.
- Provide a concrete and secure conclusion to your argument by ultimately leaving the reader convinced by your evaluation.
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.
- Carefully compare and evaluate public schools and private schools.
- Evaluate the online teaching and on-campus teaching styles.
- Analyze and evaluate the Real Madrid football team and their performance.
- Evaluate the smartphone or the computer you are using right now.
- Compare and evaluate recorded music and live performance.
- Evaluate how a university's football team impacts students' personalities.
- Critically evaluate a remake of an original movie you have watched recently.
- Analyze how the roles of females and males changed in recent romantic movies.
- Evaluate your favorite restaurant, its food, aroma, and everything.
- Compare and evaluate online friendships and traditional friendships.
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Tips and advice for evaluation in essays
Evaluation is an important component of an advanced essay. It requires the ability to look at facts, arguments and analysis, with a degree of critical distance. Evaluation involves:
- Looking at what other factors may affect the outcome.
- Time lags involved.
- How it might depend on other issues, e.g. elasticity of demand
- Why the original statement may be incorrect.
- How significant is a factor?
Which questions need evaluation?
Questions which require evaluation usually have these words a the start:
- To what extent
Examples of Evaluation
1. How reliable is the data?
For any essay, you will be using a variety of sources. For example, an essay on trades unions may include information from the TUC. It is good to give data from a source like TUC. However, a valid evaluation technique is to question the reliability and independence of your source.
For example, it is quite likely that the TUC will choose statistics that are more advantageous to workers. Business organisations, e.g. CBI on the other hand, are likely to give alternative sets of data which is more favourable to their point of view.
Therefore, examine the likelihood of bias in data and resources for the essay.
2. Short run and long run?
The effects of a decision can be quite different in the long run. For example, suppose you had an essay, which examined the impact of an increase in tax on petrol. The obvious answer is to say: “very little, demand for petrol is inelastic”
However, it would be evaluative to say; “However, over time demand may become more elastic. After a couple of years people may find alternative ways of driving.
3. It depends on other factors
When looking at the effect of one outcome, it is worth bearing in mind it is often difficult to isolate other factors. For example, if we were looking at the impact of a rise in interest rates. The effect would usually reduce consumer spending. However, there are many other factors that can affect consumer spending. If confidence was high, for example, consumer spending may not fall at all – despite the increase in interest rates.
4. Look at both points of view
In subjects like economics, history and politics there are usually several different viewpoints. It is important to give them all consideration, even if we don’t necessarily agree with them. For example, if we look at the impact of a rise in government spending, a Keynesian might say this will increase growth; a Monetarist, on the other hand, may argue higher spending merely causes crowding out. Therefore, there are two different possibilities.
5. State of economy
The impact of a devaluation in the currency depends on the state of the economy. If the economy is experiencing inflation and is in a boom, a devaluation could worsen the inflation. However, in a recession, a devaluation can help boost exports and there is likely to be limited impact on inflation.
The effect of a fall in AD depends on state of economy
6. How significant is a factor?
A recession in France would lead to lower UK exports to France. France is an important trading partner, however on its own French exports are only a relatively small % of UK AD. If the rest of the Eurozone was growing, and it was just France in recession, it is unlikely to have much impact on the UK economy. However, if the whole global economy was in recession, this would be much more significant and likely cause a recession in the UK too.
7. Different perspectives
As we mentioned in, UK economic growth in the past four years. How you interpret data is important.
If you showed a graph of UK economy growth since 2013 Q1 – it would give quite a favourable impression of economy.
Including figures from 2011 Q1 gives less favourable.
If we look at this graph, it shows the UK economy still has a large negative output gap.
The important thing is that statistics may only tell part of the story. Just because an economy like Spain grew in the last quarter – doesn’t necessarily mean their economy is doing very well.
More on macroeconomic evaluation – discuss the impact of a cut in interest rates
Discuss impact of the MPC cutting interest rates from 5% to 4.5%?
Lower interest rates make it cheaper to borrow and therefore encourage consumer spending. Cheaper borrowing also encourages firms to invest. With an increase in C + I, we see a rise in Aggregate Demand and therefore we can expect higher economic growth and higher inflation.
Examples of Evaluation of this question
- In theory, lower interest rates will increase spending. However, commercial banks may not pass the base rate cut onto consumers. This happened during the credit crisis because there was a shortage of cash. Therefore, banks were reluctant to lend – they needed to improve their balance sheets. Therefore, even though the MPC cut base rates in 2008-09, consumers may not notice lower interest rates and therefore, there was little if any increase in consumer spending. This explains why the interest rate cut of 2009, failed to cause a strong economic recovery.
- Lower interest rates may not increase economic growth because other aspects of the economy are doing badly. For example, falling house prices are causing a decline in consumer wealth and confidence. Therefore, despite lower interest rates, falls in house prices are offsetting the potential boost to spending from lower rates. Also, in 2009-11, we experienced a global recession. The recession in the Eurozone caused lower exports and therefore the cut in rates could be insufficient given the fact other aspects of AD are being reduced.
- The cut is only very small. 0.25% is probably insufficient to have much effect especially given problems already mentioned. However, you could argue the UK is sensitive to interest rates because of the number of variable mortgages. Even a 0.25% cut in rates can increase disposable income for people with large mortgages. (this is what you might call double evaluation, evaluation of the evaluation)
- The cut will take time. A cut in interest rates will not boost spending immediately. For example, It will not affect people on a fixed-rate mortgage for about 2 years. Therefore, after a cut in interest rate, we may not see the boost to spending for up to 18 months; this makes monetary policy much more difficult.
Further resources for Economic Essays
- Exam tips for economics
- Model economics essays
- Microeconomic evaluation
- Tips for writing economic essays
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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
Following are the quick tips on how to write an effective evaluation essay:
- Go through source material to thoroughly consider your exposition before composing it. Along these lines, you can keep yourself from revising a few times before submitting it.
- Look for each section of your evaluation paper before proceeding to the next section. It can assist you with organizing contemplations and you can make sure that essential aspects are not ignored anywhere.
- While evaluating, avoid discussing the perspectives about your objects that are fascinating for you only. Obviously, the writer may need to expound regarding a matter they truly like, however remember that everyone reading your essay probably won't have interest in your theme.
- When assessing your subject, don't overlook negative perspectives. Regardless of whether you believe that the occasion, place, and different angles are essential, endeavor to give perusers detriments just as points of interest.
- The entire exposition must be written in one tone.
- It is appealing to have communicated all of the opinions experienced while reviewing the work.
- Avoid an absence of thinking, and a direct retelling of the work.
This is only a sample, to get your own paper you need to:
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How Do You Start an Evaluation Essay?
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:
- The topic can be about anything such as a movie, story, book, novel, restaurant or any service organization.
- Initially, write a theoretical explanation of your selected subject.
- Then determine the criteria used to evaluate the product or service. Make a thesis statement that present your contention about the subject.
- Look for the enough supporting proofs to defend your position so, the readers would be able to agree with your hypothesis.
- Make a draft of your exposition.
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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.
- Body paragraph
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.
- Film Evaluative Essay
- Tunnel Vision
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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How to Write an Evaluation Essay
In this guide you will find:
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:
- The most recent season of your favorite baseball team
- How social media has impacted personal relationships
- The latest romantic comedy and how it portrays modern relationships
- How new and old generations approach technology
- Self-driving cars and their impact on modern life
- Your favorite music from high school
- Your favorite video game
- How the legalization of online casinos affects the state economy.
- How video game addiction effects youth
- The importance of the Internet in today’s business world
- The effect of farming on the environment
- Getting married at a church versus a destination wedding
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Starting an evaluation essay is easy.
- Choose your topic. Perhaps you are writing an evaluation essay on a movie, or you are evaluating the service provided at a local restaurant. Whatever you choose to write about, you will need to provide a critical judgement based on a series of criteria so it is necessary to either choose a topic that you know well or the one that you will be able to research.
- Develop your thesis statement. The thesis statement of an evaluative paper should define what the overall goal or purpose of the essay is. It should provide clear direction that can be used to distinguish between criteria and relevant examples. You will need to be careful to clearly cite quality, or the lack of, with regard to the specific topic you are writing about.
- Consider the criteria used to make your judgement. Is it difficult or impossible to evaluate your chosen topic at first glance? If so, consider choosing multiple points of interest that might make this step easier.
- Gather supporting evidence or material to establish your view point. You are the one making the judgement about the topic, it is up to you to support your argument in a way that will allow others to make their own opinion.
Read also: How to start a paper and improve your writing.
This is the outline structure most commonly used for evaluative writing. Each point should be addressed, ideally in the order mentioned.
- Introduce the subject. Write a complete paragraph that introduces the subject. This can be done by providing a big picture overview of the subject, discussing the influence it has on people, and why it is worth evaluating. You should also establish the criteria that you will be calling upon to prove your thesis.
- Create your thesis statement. Establish your thesis statement; this should include the overall judgement and the supporting reasons.
Useful information: Generate your thesis with this free thesis statement generator !
- Criterion One. Provide a topic sentence, along with your judgement of the first criterion. You will want to use transition words to help you move smoothly from your thesis to your first reason.
- Support for the first reason. Provide valid supporting information in the form of quotes, examples, expert testimonials, statistics, comparisons, etc.
- Address any objections and refute them. Every argument is always made stronger when the writer is able to address objections, or opposing views, and capable of providing reasons for refuting them.
- Criterion Two. Provide a topic sentence, along with your judgement of the second criterion. You will want to use transition words to help you move smoothly from your thesis to your next reason.
- Support for the second reason. Provide valid supporting information in the form of quotes, examples, expert testimonials, statistics, comparisons, etc.
- Criterion Three. Provide a topic sentence, along with your judgement of the third criterion. You will want to use transition words to help you move smoothly from your thesis to your third reason.
- Support for the third reason. Provide valid supporting information in the form of quotes, examples, expert testimonials, statistics, comparisons, etc.
- Address any objections and refute them. The reasons for this are the same as the abovementioned ones. Never underestimate the need to answer the objections, otherwise your ideas will be considered weaker and not very well founded.
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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Conclusion Sentence Examples for Essays
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:
- End your essay by linking the final paragraph to the opening statement. This can be done by restating the key point that was established in the beginning using other words.
- End with a sentence made up largely of single syllable words. Simple language helps to convey the effect of understated drama.
To end a discussion, while leaving room for further thought, you might choose to:
- End with a quote or reference from a secondary source. This should echo your primary argument, or provide a different perspective.
- End by redefining one of the primary terms used in your argument.
- End by considering the implications of your analysis. What are you implying with the argument that you’ve made?
How not to end your essay
- Do not only summarize or paraphrase your essay. Yes, it is helpful to briefly summarize your argument, especially if your essay is more than ten pages in length. However, for shorter essays, it typically isn’t necessary to restate your main ideas.
- Steer clear from phrases like ‘in closing, ‘in summation’, ‘in summary’, etc. These phrases are useful when delivering oral presentations, but when a person is reading an essay, they can typically determine when an essay is about to end, so there is no need to state the obvious.
- Avoid the urge to apologize for knowing the things that you know. If you’ve done any amount of research, you will know much more about a topic than you can conceivably include in a five or ten page essay. Because of this, as you conclude your essay, you may feel reservations about the content that you have produced. On the other hand, if you haven’t invested much time into researching your topic, you may have reservations about your ability to conclude your paper. Try to supress the urge to succumb to your own doubts. They might only distract and irritate the reader and are not a good idea. Avoid phrases like ‘this is only one approach’ or ‘ there may be better ways’, etc.
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English Composition 1
Evaluation and grading criteria for essays.
IVCC's online Style Book presents the Grading Criteria for Writing Assignments .
This page explains some of the major aspects of an essay that are given special attention when the essay is evaluated.
Thesis and Thesis Statement
Probably the most important sentence in an essay is the thesis statement, which is a sentence that conveys the thesisthe main point and purpose of the essay. The thesis is what gives an essay a purpose and a point, and, in a well-focused essay, every part of the essay helps the writer develop and support the thesis in some way.
The thesis should be stated in your introduction as one complete sentence that
- identifies the topic of the essay,
- states the main points developed in the essay,
- clarifies how all of the main points are logically related, and
- conveys the purpose of the essay.
In high school, students often are told to begin an introduction with a thesis statement and then to follow this statement with a series of sentences, each sentence presenting one of the main points or claims of the essay. While this approach probably helps students organize their essays, spreading a thesis statement over several sentences in the introduction usually is not effective. For one thing, it can lead to an essay that develops several points but does not make meaningful or clear connections among the different ideas.
If you can state all of your main points logically in just one sentence, then all of those points should come together logically in just one essay. When I evaluate an essay, I look specifically for a one-sentence statement of the thesis in the introduction that, again, identifies the topic of the essay, states all of the main points, clarifies how those points are logically related, and conveys the purpose of the essay.
If you are used to using the high school model to present the thesis of an essay, you might wonder what you should do with the rest of your introduction once you start presenting a one-sentence statement of your thesis. Well, an introduction should do two important things: (1) present the thesis statement, and (2) get readers interested in the subject of the essay.
Instead of outlining each stage of an essay with separate sentences in the introduction, you could draw readers into your essay by appealing to their interests at the very beginning of your essay. Why should what you discuss in your essay be important to readers? Why should they care? Answering these questions might help you discover a way to draw readers into your essay effectively. Once you appeal to the interests of your readers, you should then present a clear and focused thesis statement. (And thesis statements most often appear at the ends of introductions, not at the beginnings.)
Coming up with a thesis statement during the early stages of the writing process is difficult. You might instead begin by deciding on three or four related claims or ideas that you think you could prove in your essay. Think in terms of paragraphs: choose claims that you think could be supported and developed well in one body paragraph each. Once you have decided on the three or four main claims and how they are logically related, you can bring them together into a one-sentence thesis statement.
All of the topic sentences in a short paper, when "added" together, should give us the thesis statement for the entire paper. Do the addition for your own papers, and see if you come up with the following:
Topic Sentence 1 + Topic Sentence 2 + Topic Sentence 3 = Thesis Statement
Effective expository papers generally are well organized and unified, in part because of fairly rigid guidelines that writers follow and that you should try to follow in your papers.
Each body paragraph of your paper should begin with a topic sentence, a statement of the main point of the paragraph. Just as a thesis statement conveys the main point of an entire essay, a topic sentence conveys the main point of a single body paragraph. As illustrated above, a clear and logical relationship should exist between the topic sentences of a paper and the thesis statement.
If the purpose of a paragraph is to persuade readers, the topic sentence should present a claim, or something that you can prove with specific evidence. If you begin a body paragraph with a claim, a point to prove, then you know exactly what you will do in the rest of the paragraph: prove the claim. You also know when to end the paragraph: when you think you have convinced readers that your claim is valid and well supported.
If you begin a body paragraph with a fact, though, something that it true by definition, then you have nothing to prove from the beginning of the paragraph, possibly causing you to wander from point to point in the paragraph. The claim at the beginning of a body paragraph is very important: it gives you a point to prove, helping you unify the paragraph and helping you decide when to end one paragraph and begin another.
The length and number of body paragraphs in an essay is another thing to consider. In general, each body paragraph should be at least half of a page long (for a double-spaced essay), and most expository essays have at least three body paragraph each (for a total of at least five paragraphs, including the introduction and conclusion.)
Support and Development of Ideas
The main difference between a convincing, insightful interpretation or argument and a weak interpretation or argument often is the amount of evidence than the writer uses. "Evidence" refers to specific facts.
Remember this fact: your interpretation or argument will be weak unless it is well supported with specific evidence. This means that, for every claim you present, you need to support it with at least several different pieces of specific evidence. Often, students will present potentially insightful comments, but the comments are not supported or developed with specific evidence. When you come up with an insightful idea, you are most likely basing that idea on some specific facts. To present your interpretation or argument well, you need to state your interpretation and then explain the facts that have led you to this conclusion.
Effective organization is also important here. If you begin each body paragraph with a claim, and if you then stay focused on supporting that claim with several pieces of evidence, you should have a well-supported and well-developed interpretation.
As stated above, each body paragraph generally should be at least half of a page long, so, if you find that your body paragraphs are shorter than this, then you might not be developing your ideas in much depth. Often, when a student has trouble reaching the required minimum length for an essay, the problem is the lack of sufficient supporting evidence.
In an interpretation or argument, you are trying to explain and prove something about your subject, so you need to use plenty of specific evidence as support. A good approach to supporting an interpretation or argument is dividing your interpretation or argument into a few significant and related claims and then supporting each claim thoroughly in one body paragraph.
Insight into Subject
Sometimes a student will write a well-organized essay, but the essay does not shed much light on the subject. At the same time, I am often amazed at the insightful interpretations and arguments that students come up with. Every semester, students interpret aspects of texts or present arguments that I had never considered.
If you are writing an interpretation, you should reread the text or study your subject thoroughly, doing your best to notice something new each time you examine it. As you come up with a possible interpretation to develop in an essay, you should re-examine your subject with that interpretation in mind, marking passages (if your subject is a literary text) and taking plenty of notes on your subject. Studying your subject in this way will make it easier for you to find supporting evidence for your interpretation as you write your essay.
The insightfulness of an essay often is directly related to the organization and the support and development of the ideas in the essay. If you have well-developed body paragraphs focused on one specific point each, then it is likely that you are going into depth with the ideas you present and are offering an insightful interpretation.
If you organize your essay well, and if you use plenty of specific evidence to support your thesis and the individual claims that comprise that thesis, then there is a good possibility that your essay will be insightful.
Clarity is always important: if your writing is not clear, your meaning will not reach readers the way you would like it to. According to IVCC's Grading Criteria for Writing Assignments , "A," "B," and "C" essays are clear throughout, meaning that problems with clarity can have a substantial effect on the grade of an essay.
If any parts of your essay or any sentences seem just a little unclear to you, you can bet that they will be unclear to readers. Review your essay carefully and change any parts of the essay that could cause confusion for readers. Also, take special note of any passages that your peer critiquers feel are not very clear.
"Style" refers to the kinds of words and sentences that you use, but there are many aspects of style to consider. Aspects of style include conciseness, variety of sentence structure, consistent verb tense, avoidance of the passive voice, and attention to the connotative meanings of words.
Several of the course web pages provide information relevant to style, including the following pages:
- "Words, Words, Words"
- Using Specific and Concrete Diction
- Integrating Quotations into Sentences
- Formal Writing Voice
William Strunk, Jr.'s, The Elements of Style is a classic text on style that is now available online.
Given the subject, purpose, and audience for each essay in this course, you should use a formal writing voice . This means that you should avoid use of the first person ("I," "me," "we," etc.), the use of contractions ("can't," "won't," etc.), and the use of slang or other informal language. A formal writing voice will make you sound more convincing and more authoritative.
If you use quotations in a paper, integrating those quotations smoothly, logically, and grammatically into your own sentences is important, so make sure that you are familiar with the information on the Integrating Quotations into Sentences page.
"Mechanics" refers to the correctness of a paper: complete sentences, correct punctuation, accurate word choice, etc. All of your papers for the course should be free or almost free from errors. Proofread carefully, and consider any constructive comments you receive during peer critiques that relate to the "mechanics" of your writing.
You might use the grammar checker if your word-processing program has one, but grammar checkers are correct only about half of the time. A grammar checker, though, could help you identify parts of the essay that might include errors. You will then need to decide for yourself if the grammar checker is right or wrong.
The elimination of errors from your writing is important. In fact, according to IVCC's Grading Criteria for Writing Assignments , "A," "B," and "C" essays contain almost no errors. Significant or numerous errors are a characteristic of a "D" or "F" essay.
Again, the specific errors listed in the second table above are explained on the Identifying and Eliminating Common Errors in Writing web page.
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An evaluation essay is one of the most common tasks in school and college. This essay is written tо evaluate a specific work of literature, film, etc. The purpose of the essay is to give аn overall opinion оf the work and give a specific evaluation of thе elements of the work. The evaluative essay example should be written according to the following steps.
You should read the piece of literature or a piece of art carefully and carefully evaluate it. It is essential tо read the piece of work at least 3 times.
Step 1: Reading the piece of literature or a work of art carefully
It is essential to read the piece of literature or a work of art carefully and carefully before yоu start writing. You must understand the work and understand the elements of the work before you start writing. This step is vital tо write an evaluative essay correctly. It is essential to understand the theme of the piece of literature or art. You should understand what is the purpose of the author. Yоu need to be able to understand the author’s main argument or purpose. You must understand thе author’s main idea and purpose. It is important tо read the piece of literature or a piece of art аt least three times. You must understand thе author’s thesis. The thesis is the main idea or the point that the author is making. The main idea of the author must be clear to you. It is important to understand the author’s thesis before you start writing. Yоu must also know the author’s main points and arguments. These points are the main points that the author uses in the essay.
Step 2: Evaluating the elements of the work
You need to evaluate the work in order to write an evaluation essay. The evaluation should be based on the elements. Thе elements are what the author uses to support his/her main idea or argument. You need to be able to identify and identify the author’s main points. It is important to understand the main points of the author. It іs also important to identify the main themes оf the piece of literature or art. You need to identify thе main characters and their role in thе piece of literature.
You can also read the piece оf аrt several times to get a better understanding оf the theme. It is important to understand the theme before writing your evaluation essay.
You should also understand the theme of thе piece of literature or аrt before writing your evaluation essay. It іs essential to understand the theme of the art or the work of art before you start writing your evaluation essay. It is important to understand the theme of the work before you write your evaluation essay.
You need to be able to identify and identify the author’s main ideas and arguments. You need to bе able to identify the main characters in the piece of work. You need to understand the author’s thesis аnd the overall theme of the work.
Step 2: Evaluating the text’s main idea
Once you have the main points of thе text, it is time tо evaluate the main idea. Yоu should be asking yourself the questions such аs: What is the main idea оf the text? What message does the author try to deliver to the readers? What is the author using symbols, imagery, etc.?
Once yоu have the main idea, yоu should then ask yourself thе following questions:
Step 3: Writing your evaluation
Once you have an understanding of thе main points of the text, you can now start writing your evaluation. The main point of the text should then be the topic sentence of your evaluation. The topic sentence of your evaluation can be a sentence from the introduction, or it can bе a sentence from the conclusion. You can then support your topic sentence with evidence from the text оr from the work of art. You can use different types of evidence to support your topic sentence, depending on the type of text and thе type of work. For instance, you can use textual evidence from the text to support your topic sentence, but you can also use visual evidence from the work оf art.
For example, if the text is a novel, you could use textual evidence from the text to support your topic sentence. However, you can also use visual evidence from thе novel to support your topic sentence.
Once you have your topic sentence, you can then write your evaluation paragraph. The evaluation paragraph can consist of one tо three sentences. However, the evaluation should not be more than a couple of sentences.
Your evaluation paragraph can consist of оne to three sentences, and each sentence can be between 150 аnd 250 words. However, your evaluation should nоt be longer than about 1 paragraph, and it should be clear and concise. Your evaluation should nоt bе longer than about 1 page.
Step 11: Writing your paper
Now that you have evaluated the text, you must write your essay. This step is thе same for all essays: you must begin your paper with аn introduction and conclusion. The introduction should be short, concise, and to-the-point. The introduction should be:
The introduction is the first paragraph of your essay. It must grab the reader’s attention and encourage them tо read further. The introductory paragraph should include a thesis statement, and the thesis statement should be one sentence long. The introduction should not include any background information. It should also not include any analysis or commentary.
Your introduction should not contain any quotes, paraphrases, or direct quotations. You should also avoid using any jargon or jargon in your introduction. Your introduction should also be specific. Yоu should not use vague words оr generalizations. For example, don’t say, “I think this is a good essay example because…” Use a specific example instead.
Your introduction should include аt least three paragraphs. In each paragraph, include a topic sentence, a thesis statement, аnd a supporting point. Each paragraph should also include a transition sentence that moves from one paragraph to the next. The transition sentence should be a sentence that moves from оne paragraph to the next and connects your thesis statement to thе previous paragraph. The transition sentence should not introduce a new idea. It should only connect your topic sentence to your previous paragraph.
In the introduction, you must also include an attention grabber, or a sentence that draws your reader in. Yоu can use a quote, a rhetorical question, or an anecdote. You may also include a brief summary of the text’s main points.
The reader must understand what your essay is about before you proceed to write your essay. You can start your essay by introducing a thesis statement, but you can also start it by writing an interesting opening sentence. The opening sentence should be brief, clear, and concise. It should also bе related tо thе topic sentence in the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph. You can write a hook tо draw the reader in. The hook can be a quote, a rhetorical question, a rhetorical question example, or an anecdote. You should not use an overly long opening sentence. You can start your essay with a quote.
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The Evaluation Essay: A Quick Introduction and Topic Suggestions
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What is an evaluation essay?
The evaluation essay is an essay that demonstrates the quality, or lack of quality, that a particular business, service, program, or product has. Some opinion will be involved, but the idea is to create a paper that doesn’t come off as sounding too opinionated. Rather, you’re going to want to write an essay that shows reasons and an unbiased opinion.
There are three particular items you’ll need to cover in order to convey this clearly. Those items are criteria, judgments, and evidence. Learn how to write quality paragraphs so that you get your point across .
The criteria involves demonstrating the expected outcome. For example, if you intend to sign up for a wireless phone contract you expect both the product and the service to work as the business is stating it will. There are specific standards you expect from the phone based on what the company states the phone can do, and there are specific standards you expect from the service the company is offering based on the company’s own information.
Verizon Wireless boasts the largest 4G LTE network, and they have a large customer base. This large customer base would not stay with the company if their service failed, and many people do end up switching phone companies because of issues with service. Using the wireless phone example, there are specific criteria you could mention in your essay.
Regarding the service, you could summarize the company’s promotional pamphlet: quality of cell signal, customer service, price, services and items available to give greater ease of use, etc. You can do the same with the wireless phone you purchase using the company’s information about that particular phone: ease of use, battery life, price, technical support available, etc.
You would describe this criteria in your evaluation essay so that your reader knows the expectations of the service and product involved. Without it, your reader has no idea what was expected of these items and therefore cannot evaluate anything from what you write.
The judgment describes whether or not the criteria are met. Using the example of the wireless phone service, if you can’t get a signal in your home that might show a lacking in the network the wireless provider offers and boasts of. If you call customer service in an attempt to clear up the issues you’re having and are met with sarcasm and scorn, that would also show that criteria are not being met.
However, you might receive excellent customer service in which the person is able to clear up your problem, and it would reveal a meeting of criteria. As for the phone, if you’ve had the phone for three months and notice that the battery lasts only half as long as the company boasted, this would be a lack of meeting criteria. Improve your writing with some advanced strategies .
Without evidence, your evaluation essay becomes nothing more than your opinion about a product, service, or program. Evidence is what you use to support your judgment. If you’re going to say that a wireless carrier’s service is terrible, you’re going to have to explain why. Were your calls being dropped a lot? Did text messages not get sent? What exactly happened to make you decide that the wireless carrier had poor service?
The Layout of Your Essay
Like other types of essays, the evaluation essay requires an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. You can write it in the five-paragraph format with one introduction paragraph, three body paragraphs, and a single concluding paragraph, but you can also write a far larger body as well. Your evaluation essay should also include a thesis, and that thesis will be your overall evaluation of whatever it was you evaluated.
Using the wireless carrier as an example again, if you were to write a thesis statement regarding a wireless carrier that provided poor cell service, poor customer service, but great prices, your thesis would likely be mostly negative stating that the wireless carrier did not meet many of the criteria of its company.
If you were to write a thesis statement regarding a wireless carrier that provided excellent cell service, excellent customer service, and high prices, your thesis would likely be more positive. You would then move on to cover these criteria in further detail in the body of your essay.
Each body paragraph should cover one criterion, and that criterion should be fully explained. You should include your judgment regarding that criterion and any evidence to support your judgment. Again, the idea is to avoid sounding too opinionated or biased. One way to prevent this is to avoid saying, “I think…” and other phrases like it.
Your conclusion will summarize everything you covered. More than likely, you will rephrase your thesis to drive your point home, and you can summarize each criteria you covered. You can also summarize the judgments and evidence that you have to support these judgments.
Selecting Your Topic
When selecting your topic, you’re going to want to focus on a specific service, product, policy, or business. Try to be as specific as possible. If you were to choose a school, you might want to focus on a certain part of the school like their classes, their food, or something else. Of course, selecting the right topic also depends on the length of your paper. If your paper is expected to be ten pages long, you might just have enough room to evaluate all of those topics on one specific school.
Here are a few topics you might want to consider:
- evaluating a recent movie you saw
- evaluating a restaurant you recently ate at
- evaluating a student’s study schedule at a university compared to what a professor expects a student’s study schedule to look like
- evaluating social media’s role in relationships
- evaluating a book you recently read
- evaluating a video game you played recently
- evaluating an app on your phone and its use in your life
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An evaluation essay is an academic paper that could be assigned almost on any college subject. It shares some similarities with a persuasive essay and a review. However, it is a standalone genre of writing with its unique features.
So, what is an evaluation essay? The primary purpose of this type of essay is to present a value judgment on a book, article, course, event, experience, cultural artifact, etc. Unlike a persuasive essay or a review, your viewpoint must be balanced and backed up by evidence elicited from a detailed analysis of the subject.
Topics for an evaluation essay can be just as diverse as for any other kind of paper. The trick is to find a suitable object to consider, choose the criteria you will use to make your judgment, and apply analysis to produce supporting evidence for your point of view.
Helping you with the first step is the purpose of this post. Here you will find 120 interesting evaluation essay topics on various subjects. Many of them are linked to the samples from our free database to illustrate how this topic can be addressed. Please note that there is no one correct opinion, especially when it comes to personal experiences. Treat those samples only as a model for structure and style and feel free to disagree with the viewpoints expressed.
Evaluation Paper Topics about Education
Opening our evaluation essay topics list is one of the most accessible areas for any student – education. As a student, you can assess your teacher, classroom experience, textbook, progress within the course, test experience, and anything in between. As an educator, you can evaluate the curriculum, your own performance, the work of your colleague, or even an entire policy. Choose a topic from this list or come up with your own, but don't forget to be objective.
- Evaluation in childcare programs: an account of the experience
- Evaluating the gaps for training intervention
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- Evaluate a textbook
- Alternative approaches to curriculum evaluation
- Evaluation of an evidence-based project
- Kirkpatrick's early verbal learning evaluation
- Written assignment evaluation
- Critical self-evaluation of writing sample
- Self-evaluation for university admission
- Group process and peer evaluation
- Writing skills progress self-evaluation
- Evaluate a class you have completed
- Evaluate your teacher or instructor
- Evaluate the grading system in your school. What are its advantages and disadvantages?
- Evaluate a lesson you have attended as a student
- Evaluate a lesson you have attended as a surveyor
Nursing and Healthcare Evaluative Essay Topics
Healthcare is one of the critical areas of public life and, as such, often a source of controversial topics, from universal healthcare rights to a choice to end one's life with medical assistance. That is why it is so essential to practice a balanced outlook in this sphere in particular. Thus, we are justifying an evaluation essay topics selection presented here.
- Developing an evaluation plan for nurses
- Alcohol and substance abuse evaluation plan
- Evaluation of chronic diabetes self-care programs
- The analysis and evaluation of nursing theories
- Evaluating and redesigning policies to increase nursing retention
- Evaluating the concept of euthanasia
- Clinical practice evaluation
- Evaluate a patients progress in a rehabilitation program
- Evaluate your performance as a nurse for the last two weeks
- Evaluate the emergency response team you are working with
- Evaluate your experience with the family doctor
- Evaluate your last visit to a hospital
- Evaluate patient satisfaction with care and amenities in your clinic
- Evaluate a public health awareness campaign
- Evaluate health data management tools in your clinic
- Evaluate the effectiveness of post-operative cancer treatments
- Evaluate the efficiency of rehabilitation therapies used at your clinic
Miscellaneous Evaluation Argument Essay Topics
Still, having a balanced view doesn't mean you should discuss the issue absolutely dispassionately. You are entitled to your opinion and allowed to take sides in the evaluation – as long as you are honest about your motives for the judgment expressed. Here are some topics for an evaluation argument essay to practice a fair discussion.
- Education evaluation: girls make better students than boys
- Critical assessment of Mark Twain's "The Damned Human Race"
- How much anonymity does network latency leak?
- Evaluation of gardening as a hobby
- Individual and group therapy, do you know the difference? an evaluation paper
- Restaurant evaluation
- Evaluate a team you work in. Is it effective? Why or why not?
- Evaluate a local McDonald's restaurant. Do you think customers should continue to frequent it?
- Evaluate the use of technology in your classroom. Is it beneficial? Why or why not?
- Evaluate your experience with Microsoft and Apple. Which one do you prefer? Why?
- Long-distance therapy: promising treatment methods for today and the future
- Evaluate the college campuses you have visited. Do you think campus visits are important for making your application choice?
- Evaluate and compare the political system of the USA and any other country of your choice. Which one do you believe to be more effective?
- Evaluate the real estate market in your city. How does it compare to other areas?
- Evaluate a place of sports in your life. Does it promote socialization?
- Evaluate your relationship with your extended family. Do you believe it's vital to maintain kinship ties beyond one's nuclear family?
- Is it better to be a single child or have siblings? Evaluate your experience growing up to back up your argument.
- Evaluate a practice or feature adopted by your culture from another ethnic group. Would you consider it an appropriation, cultural exchange, or assimilation? Why?
Business and Management Topics for Evaluation Essays
With subject matter this vast, the proposed topics for evaluation essay range from a business analysis for top executives to a personal experience with a brand as a customer. The latter is a great opportunity to analyze your relationship with the products and services you consume and become more conscious of your choices.
- Evaluate Barclays brand positioning
- Ethical issues in performance evaluation
- Business opportunity evaluation
- Processes and evaluations in employment relations
- Evaluation of Barnes and Noble
- Employee performance evaluation
- Annual performance evaluation
- Comparison and evaluation of business models (CQout and Amazon)
- Abercrombie & Fitch marketing strategy evaluation
- Dior brand analysis and evaluation
- Evaluate a local business (marketing, customer experience, payment, delivery, etc.)
- Evaluate a brand of food concentrates and its marketing strategy
- Evaluate a new business idea
- Evaluate a motivation system in your company
- Evaluate market opportunities for a new product
- Evaluate different fundraising strategies for a startup
- Evaluate a rebranding/pivoting that a known brand has performed
Evaluation Essay Ideas on Art and Culture
Art and culture are among the most popular essay topics . They are very accessible and usually elicit a strong emotional response from people. As such, you may consider them to be relatively easy evaluation essay topics. However, don't forget that for a good evaluation, you should maintain impartiality and present both strengths and weaknesses of the artifact you are analyzing.
- Evaluate a heritage fashion project
- Evaluate a classical music concert
- Evaluate a concert of your school performers
- Evaluate a movie adaptation of a classic book
- Evaluate a charity project
- Evaluate a movie based on actual events
- Evaluate a famous song and its cultural significance
- Evaluate a music creator and its influence on the industry
- Evaluate a style of music as a cultural phenomenon
- Evaluate and critique "The Complete Green Letters" by Miles J. Stanford
- A Television Show Evaluation
- Evaluate a documentary on environmental issues
- Evaluate a war memorial
- Evaluate a local museum
- Evaluate a book that was banned at any point in history
- Evaluate modern art exhibition you have attended
- Evaluate a VR tour or other distance experience by an art gallery, museum, or cultural center
Society and Politics Essay Evaluation Topics
The best practice for any subject area is to complete your evaluation essay topics with criteria for the analysis. However, it is absolutely vital for serious matters such as policymaking, government, social issues, and public service. The scope of these issues presents another challenge. Therefore, to make a paper manageable and reduce the time you will need for research, establish several points of interest that you would focus on within the topic. Only then, start looking for the supporting evidence to ground your point of view.
- Evaluation of policymaking process in the United States
- Evaluation of "Freedom From Fear" campaign against domestic violence
- Process evaluations vs. outcome evaluations
- Ethical, legal, and social issues in employee evaluation
- The Australian AIDS programs in Papua New Guinea
- Exclusionary rule evaluation
- Evaluation essay on Jimmy Carter speech "Energy and the National Goals" delivered July 15, 1979
- Evaluating the two models for less developed countries
- Critical evaluation of an article "A Nation In Need of Vacation "
- Evaluation of the article "Taking Preferences Seriously: A Liberal Theory of International Politics" by Andrew Moravcsik
- Evaluate multiculturalism as a social policy: what are their benefits and risks?
- Westernization as a cultural and political phenomenon
- Evaluate a local non-profit organization
- Evaluate local news outlet
- Evaluate the civil service system in your area
- Evaluate a social awareness campaign that targeted your demographic. Was it successful, in your opinion?
- Evaluate how environmental issues are addressed on a local level in your area
Technology Evaluation Paper Ideas
The last example of evaluation essay topics on this list is dedicated to such a ubiquitous thing as technology. We have striven to cover a wide range of competency levels – from a layman user to a data architect.
- Evaluation of a website using Nielsen's Heuristics
- Evaluating information systems within Fastrek Plc
- Assessment of local estate agent management system
- Space research in the United States of America in the 1960s
- Evaluation of laptops vs. desktop computers
- Critical evaluation essay: on technology, language, and writing
- Evaluation of consumer electronics
- Usability testing, field studies, and analytical evaluation of a tech product
- Evaluate ethical issues in technology
- Evaluate your current laptop or computer
- Evaluate a social media platform of your choice (UX, attractive features, issues, etc.)
- Evaluate and compare two video games of the same genre
- Evaluate a word processor of your choice
- Evaluate a code created by your classmate or colleague
- Evaluate a graphic editor tool
- Evaluate a collaboration tool you and your classmates have been using
- Evaluate a videoconference software
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Transfer of Credit in Education: Evaluating Applicability & Currency - Essay Sample
The idea of transfer of credit in colleges, training institutions and universities is the measurement of compared to prior learning or training of skills of examinations, courses, or experiential units versus the current existing offerings of a university or college or any other learning institution by evaluating the applicability and the currency of the credit claims and petitions. Transfer of credits can allow a scholar to move attendance from one institution to another, in such a way that the sources of credit transfer are interpreted and moved accordingly per course and appropriate relevance. In normal circumstances, a student or a learner is required to make an official petition or request for transfer credit, except situation where there are transfer specified arrangements describing the acceptance of credit influenced by several other factors like institution policy upon dual registration or other types of a partnership between the education providers (Taylor 73).
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In a nutshell, Credit Transfer is the reception of prior skills of learning signified in the credits applied or the course units or and articulated by denoting on a student's academic transcript. Transferring the courses are usually not calculated into the GPA of the new joining institution of learning. Nevertheless, these academic units may be documented depending on the attending institution to demonstrate the degree of performance in the course unit transferred, alongside other qualities, for example, as when the subject course was taken.
When the attending institution or college determines if and how many credit transfers to apply with a person's diploma or degree plan, that transfer will after that appear on their official academic transcript of the new institution, usually, the grades are not involved with the credit transfer procedure, so, therefore, they are not calculated as part to form the grade point average (GPA). Transfer of credit generally comprises the formal course work. Experiential learning credits, credit by examinations, and external training credits usually are considered as credit transfer.
Colleges and Universities which lack college credits transferring for students affect student success in many ways. It is a great matter and has contributed to the ratings of most college admission and excellence framework. Firstly, one of the most regularly advertised advantages of various community colleges is that they can save families and their learners a lot of financial constraints; taking for example that one can transfer all their credits, it, therefore, means that students will speed their education journey and finish whatever diploma or degree plans they have. Eventually, they will be capable of pursuing advanced professional or education studies or other exiting entry-level workplace careers (Stevens 69). Despite these expectations, this is normally not what happens in these colleges. The board of examiners and various college policymakers have not paid enough attention to what happens to these students whenever they transfer.
Nobody follows or keep track of whether or not these students' credits get successfully transferred, and the level of accomplishment to which they can successfully reach in a four-year learning environment. Still, fundamental forces and pressures of change on the government higher education scheme, such as the demand for performance, public's lack of trust in education, disruptive innovation, state funding shortfalls, online education providers, increasing state demands for greater accountability, and cost-efficiency in government higher education rivalry from for-profit and needs us to pay closer consideration to this (Li et al. 60). Most students permanently lose a substantial number of credits through the credit transfer process mainly due to the reasons mentioned above, post-secondary processes and systems are not integrated or aligned to permit for seamless and transparent evolution from one level of education to the next one as a student pursues further educational achievements. Often, credits transfers are acknowledged as electives and not primarily in the central area of study in which the learner has a strong desire to focus. Some of the credits gotten in the fundamental subjects, like languages, for example, English, may fail to be transferred and get accepted to specific colleges because of varying departmental requirements.
In other colleges, students remain in a state of confusion as they are not sure of what they should study because the career advisement and student counsellors of such academic institutions have not done a predominantly good work of directing and giving them recommendations on the options they choose. Furthermore, many universities have not stated clearly about what subjects students need to take at community colleges, as program necessities change from one university department to another, and may also be subjected to the discretion of diverse faculties or schools (Stevens 69). When colleges lack an adequately defined structure, clear directions to lead students across every single transition along with the schooling range, and carefully and advising intrusively at significant milestones, the current system of education will continue to flop many of our students across many colleges. This old fashioned policies and systems of education that do not permit credit transfer is failing and demoralizing many learners who already have acquired their qualifications in one institution and wishes to advance it in a different institution.
According to a recent study, the average number of Alamo College's two-year diploma graduate receives 80 credits at college-level, while those scholars pursuing associate's degree needs only 55 credits (Angelucci 143). Therefore, it means that students stay in schools for a longer duration than what is necessary; in fact, it takes full-time students one year longer, and for part-time students, they spend two more years at college, which consists of the largest unit of their degree students. Additionally, the Alamo Colleges have courses with majors that are not in most cases compatible with any university sophomore and major freshman requirements, therefore the college students generally miss up to 25 in percentage of their credits whenever they apply for a transfer to any four-year Institutions of Higher Education from the Alamo Colleges (Angelucci 124).
Texas Public Universities do not consider the scholars' community college majors but focus only on the course units they have taken. Hence, to reduce such losses incurred during such credit transfers, many universities or colleges do advise students to follow the specific university's course guidelines, which describe the course units that amount towards a specified degree or diploma. Every university or college has different requirements for their version of the major (Angelucci 76). Thus, rather than pursuing a major, most students are forced to take a specified sequence of courses that their anticipated university or college makes it a mandatory requirement. As a result of having majors, the accrediting agency of Alamo Colleges, abbreviated SACSCOC, requires all of these courses to include an articulate form of coursework inside the degree program while demanding that the learning results be measured. This approach locks in such courses and therefore eliminates flexibility and gives limited options for Alamo College students. The outcome of such a situation is that whenever scholars transfer, they lose credits. It, therefore, explains why 55 percent of Alamo College scholars prefer not to declare their majors until their credit transfers are approved so that they can minimize the loss of credits (Angelucci 165). In this ear, universities that remain rigid in accepting credit transfers inflict much unnecessary pain, redundancy and wastage of both time and resources to both these students and their families.
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