How to write an easy essay on terrorism
Writing an essay on terrorism is easy because it is an overused topic, which means there are tons of information on the Internet. Look at the themes other people have used and the points they have made, and see if you can lift any of them for yourself. If they have statistics on them that are referenced from reliable sources, then use them too.
Why you need to be as objective as possible
Objective means using judgment that is not influenced by opinions or personal feelings. It also means considering and representing facts predominantly before adding your opinion if necessary. If you want to score highly on this issue, then you need to be as objective as possible.
This is for two reasons: the first is because all countries have had experience with terrorism and it touches a lot of people very personally. It especially affects people that were not even in the area and knew nobody in the tragedy. It affects them because it is very real and feels very close. Other students are going to insert opinion and even emotion into their work, and that is not what teachers and professors are looking for. They want to see you work via the scientific method with a certain level of detachment.
The second reason you should remain objective is because you will score higher in general. Unless you are writing a persuasive essay, your job is to make your essay factual and correct, and a loss of objectivity turns your academic essay into the sort of 'study' that you see on Facebook. For example, things such as those 'studies' that claim they have proof that marijuana cures cancer, but that doctors are making too much money on chemotherapy to recommend marijuana. It's scary to think some people are so detached from reality that they believe this sort of lie. If you cannot or do not remain objective, then your essay is relegated to nothing more than an article starting 'Studies show
Avoid clich©s and overused terms at all costs
You can use repetitive language within your essay if you wish. It will not be a thrilling read, but it will score as highly as it is due. However, do not use overused terms or clich©s in any shape or form. You may think they sound clever, but your professor has read them hundreds of times in his or her career and have become sick of them.
Try to look for reasons over facts
When people are told to remain impartial or objective, they often take it as a sign that they should include lots of facts and statistics to the point where their essay looks like a UN report more than an essay.
By all means, you should make sure you use plenty of credible facts and statistics, but do not enter them for the sake of it. Use them to establish reasons or prove points. For example, in areas where there is a war, are acts of terrorism re-labeled as something else. For example, do the Iranians call their acts of terrorism on Israel 'Terrorist' actions, or do they call them strategic retaliations? Or something of that ilk?
If you were looking into that case particularly, you could quote how many incidents were labeled terrorism and how many were labeled as something else. There is an example of how facts and statistics may be used as a way of proving something as opposed to simply entering facts for the sake of it.
Use statistics and proven facts to ask questions
You could show how civil unrest in country seems to increase or decrease the amount of terrorist action in another country. Or, how a change of government affects the rate of terrorists produced. For example, you could question how the slowing of the Indian and Pakistani war decreased the number of terrorist actions between both countries, but then increased the amount of terrorists that were created in Pakistan, who then did terrorist acts in other countries.
Facts and statistics can lead you to some very good questions as well as help prove your point. You could point out how the spread of a certain media group increased the number of terrorist acts in certain areas, or conversely, you could use the increased terrorist actions as a jumping off point and ask if the spread of the media group was partially responsible.
Plan your essay before you start writing
Gather a few facts and ideas before you start and enter them into a framework you can follow as you go. If you do not, you may end up writing and going off in all directions as your research pulls you from one objective to another. Even a skeleton plan that shows your main theme, main thesis and gives a few thoughts on direction, will be better than trying to grow an idea whilst writing. At the very least, a plan will help you direct your research into more productive areas.
2 April 2015