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20 Common Essay Topics for IELTS Writing Task 2

Below is a list of the 20 most common IELTS essay topics that appear in writing task 2 with subtopics.  Although the essay questions change, the subject of the essays often remains the same. Each topic is divided into subtopics which you should prepare.

You should practice developing ideas for all common essay topics used by IELTS so that you can write your essay within the given time limit. Follow this link to get over 100 IELTS essay questions for the topics below.

Common Essay Topics with Subtopics

  • censorship of art and artists
  • art at school
  • the benefits of art for individuals and society
  • small vs large business
  • international business
  • family run business
  • management and leadership
  • success in business
  • business and technology
  • skills vs knowledge for business
  • materialism and consumerism
  • technology and communication
  • family and communication
  • face to face vs long distance communication
  • types of communication
  • the development of character and personality
  • innate or developed personalities
  • female / male characters
  • prisons vs rehabilitation
  • capital punishment vs other types of punishment
  • criminals – what makes a criminal
  • major vs minor crime
  • crime and technology
  • teenagers and crime
  • role of policemen
  • men and women in law enforcement
  • cash vs credit cards
  • saving vs spending
  • globalisation and economy
  • world economic issues
  • economic progress and success
  • children and education
  • relevant subjects
  • education and technology
  • role of teachers
  • discipline and rules in school
  • single-sex schools
  • educational aid to poorer countries
  • protection of endangered species
  • environmental problems
  • saving the environment & solving problems
  • government vs individual roles
  • family roles
  • family size
  • the generation gap
  • role models
  • family and education
  • health diets
  • education of diet
  • traditional vs modern diets
  • children and diet
  • prevention vs cure
  • health and education
  • poor countries and rich countries
  • dealing with global epidemics
  • hospitals and treatment
  • exercise and health
  • having only one language in the world
  • methods of language learning
  • travel and language
  • the disappearance of languages
  • language and culture
  • censorship, control and freedom of speech
  • advertising methods
  • children and advertising
  • media and technology
  • news & reporting
  • Space Exploration
  • Water and Oceans
  • Change or Moving vs Stability and Constancy
  • paper books vs ebooks
  • children and reading
  • books in education
  • reading and leisure
  • controlling the internet
  • socialising online
  • children and technology (safety)
  • the change in society
  • letter vs email
  • storing data
  • safety of personal information
  • development of infrastructure
  • comparing forms of transport
  • problems with modern forms of transport
  • environmental issues
  • culture and travel
  • understanding people and travel
  • living in a global world
  • overpopulation
  • homeless people
  • crime on the streets
  • modern life styles
  • budget spending
  • public services
  • professionals vs amateurs
  • sport and learning
  • sport as a school subject
  •  men vs women in sport
  • types of sport
  • women in work
  • types of jobs (blue collar / white collar)
  • children and exploitation
  • part time work
  • work and technology

IELTS Recent Exam Topics

To get a list of recent essay questions as well as recent topics and question from all other sections of the IELTS test, follow this link: Recent IELTS Exam Questions & Topics

IELTS Writing Task 2

Get model essays, tips, free video lessons and practice exercises for IELTS writing task 2: IELTS Writing Task 2

100 IELTS Essay Questions

Get over 100 IELTS essay questions for free. The essay questions are organised into topics and also into different types of essays: 100 IELTS essay questions

IELTS Vocabulary

Develop your vocabulary for some of the above topics: IELTS vocabulary page .

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This is due to a serious health problem that has prevented me from making videos for many years.

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Breaks my heart to here this. I’m sure everybody’s wish here is same as me and that we all hope you recover soon.

Thanks. That’s very kind. I hope that next year my health will be more stable and if so, I’ll try to make some new videos 🙂

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Hi Liz, Hope your great.

Just need your opinion about increasing overal writing from 6 to 7 or above. Even though how hard i tried my writing score is not increasing beyond 6. Would be happy if you could give your overal opinion on how to increase it. Thanks in advance

This is not a simple task to explain in just a short message on my website. For this reason, I created advanced writing task 2 lessons and e-books in my online store: https://elizabethferguson.podia.com/ . You can buy them individually so you can see if one of them helps you. If they do help, you can consider getting more.

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I need your help in understanding this question in Task 2- writing. Some people think educated people are more valuable than people who learned skills through experience. Do you think educated people are the most valuable to society? What kinds of skills can people through experience that can benefit society? In this question, does education mean Hard Skills or formal education such a degree/ certification and skills through experience means soft skills? Thanks for your support.

Education refers to formal educational. This is about education or skills – not about different types of skills.

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I’m new to this website, although reading the few comments here makes me feel secured. I hope to get the best from here. Thanks

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Hello Liz You have some great content. It is extremely helpful when preparing for IELTS. Recently I came across an essay topic for GT that seemed quite vague. ‘In some areas of the US, a curfew is imposed, in which teenagers are not allowed to be out of doors after a particular time at night unless they are accompanied by an adult. What is your opinion about this?’ This is from a credible practice material. What is a good response to this?

Which sources did you get this from? IELTS essay questions do not relate to only one country. However, the topic of curfew is possible. With such a topic, you would write about freedom of movement, learning independence and learning about safety, against protecting children for various reasons.

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I love the way you answered a question. Thank you Liz for your tutoring. Tan from Vietnam

Nice to meet you, Tan from Vietnam

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Hi Liz, Is there any difference in essay topics that can appear for general and academic writing task 2? If yes, can you categorize them accordingly? Is there any difference in writing essay for academic and general ielts?

The topics are basically the same although it is unlikely GT candidates will get Space Exploration as a topic (but they could easily get this topic in the Speaking test part 3). For this reason, all candidates should prepare all topics. As for differences in the writing test, see this page: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-gt-academic-writing-differences/

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Your trainings are very useful. For those writing the general ielts test (Not Academic), are the essay topics limited to specific areas ? Would the topics be selected from the different essay types such as opinion essay, discussion essay, solution essay, direct questions etc ?

See this page: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-gt-academic-writing-differences/ . If you use the RED MENU BAR at the top of the website, you’ll find links to all key pages on this site.

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Hi liz, I am a trainer of IELTS. Your lessons are much beneficial for me. But I have a question that while getting training I heard from trainers that we are not allowed to use personal words like we, us, he, she, him, her, our as well as words like etc. and too, too much as it effect our writing bands. So can you tell me that is it put any effect on our band of writing or not? Thank you

“etc” is an abbreviation of “et cetera”. When you give examples, choose the number of examples to give rather than use “etc”. When you explain something, be specific rather than using “etc”. It is completely fine to use pronouns, but some pronouns are used more than others. For example, the pronouns “we” and “us” are not commonly used. Also the pronouns “he/him” or she/her” are also not used a lot because we are mostly writing about people in general rather than specific people. The word “too” is used whenever it is needed. So, you see, there are no IELTS rules about this. It is just about what the likely to be used based on the aims of the essay. I have a chapter on Pronouns in the Grammar E-book which covers this.

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Task 2 academic topic: Date: August 6, 2020 Some people believe that old customs and traditions should be given up, as people do not use them now. To what extent you agree and disagree?

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Hi Liz,, I would like to thank you for the great effort put in this website,, really useful. Regarding writing task 2,, what should I do if I did not get the meaning of the essay topic?!!

If you can’t understand the meaning fully, hopefully you can understand the meaning partially. Of course, it will affect your score for Task Response, but not for the other marking criteria. However, most essay questions are written quite simply so you can understand. Also, your preparation should involve reviewing all common topics and over 100 essay questions.

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Hi Liz, I hope you’re doing well. I have encountered some problems in giving correct points in writing task 2. Here is the question of the task which I selected for your website. Some schools are very strict about their school uniforms and the appearance of their pupils, while other schools have a very relaxed dress code. May I know ‘strict about their school uniforms’ simply means having the same dress codes/school uniforms? Looking forward to your reply. Thank you so much

Strict implies that they follow the dress code precisely and have very specific dress codes. For example, they have very precise rules for the length of a girls skirt and they make sure these rules are followed. In South Korea, they are even strict about the length of a girls hair and if a teacher thinks the girls hair is longer than permitted, they get a pair of scissors and cut it. That is a very strict rule about appearance. However, in the school I went to, girls had to wear ties, but the ties could be tied in any way the girl wanted. There were also rules about how short a skirt could be. But, in fact, the girls often looked very sloppy with ties in a mess and skirt very short. So, my school had rules but didn’t enforce them properly. So, struct dress codes applies to both the rules and the enforcing of those rules.

Hi Liz, thank you for the very clear and informative explanation. I’ve bought your E-books and advanced lessons and I’ve noticed my improvement after following exactly what you mention in the books and the lessons. All in all, I’m more than happy that I found your website and I would highly recommend to anyone who wishes to score in IELTS follow every note and advise at your website. Thank you and stay safe.

I’m pleased you are improving 🙂

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Hello Liz, I have been reluctant to send you a comment since I don’t know if you would be free to reply. I am planning to take the GT exam whenever the quarantine is over but until then, I have been practicing the writing task. my questions is: Can you have a glance at my essays and just let me know if what I am doing is right or not? I just need to know if my answering steps are in place, if I am starting my essay in the correct way and how much will I approximately score if I continued practicing in this manner. Thank you in advance and stay safe!

Unfortunately I don’t offer a marking service at present. However, I suggest you get my Advanced Writing Task 2 Lessons which take you step by step through each paragraph and will ensure you use the right techniques. I’m running a discount from about May 5th on those lessons as well as for my new Grammar E-book which will released then. Wait for that time to purchase.

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Is there any important topics for GT essay? Could you please assume frequently asked essay?

There is no difference between GT essays and Academic essays except that the GT essays are easier with slightly easier essay questions, So, ALL the lessons and tips for writing task 2 on this site are for both GT and Academic Writing Task 2. If you want ideas for topics, get my Ideas for Topics E-book which you can find in my online store. Click here: Liz’s Online Store

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I just started ielts preparation so please share ielts materials.

This whole website contains hundreds of page of lessons, tips etc. Go to the HOME page and read how to access them.

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Hello Liz, I have a question to ask about agree or disagree essay. “In the future, it seems more difficult to live on the Earth. Some people think more money should be spent on researching other planets to live, such as Mars. To what extent do you agree or disagree?” My essay goes like this: 1. Intro: disagree, money should be spent on saving the Earth rather than doing researches on other planets 2. Body 1: no certainty about life on other planets => could waste money 3. Body 2: saving the Earth is more important => reasons 4. Conclusion Is it ok if I write like that? Thank you in advance!

You have the right approach. However, your third body paragraph is not needed. That forms part of body paragraph 1 = Earth is more important which is why more money should be spent on research.

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Dear Liz, do we have to practice all the subtopics to get a good band in writing? Or working on only one subtopic will be enough?

The more you prepare, the better your chances of getting a specific question you have prepared. You can use this page for questions: https://ieltsliz.com/100-ielts-essay-questions/ and this page is a link to my Ideas for Essay Topics E-book in my online store: https://elizabethferguson.podia.com/

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Hi Liz, Thank you for your effort in providing excellent resources. I have a strange question. If I get a question which I dont know at all in task 2, can I write something general related to that.For instance, if they asked about the importance of preserving historic places, can i just talk about history and can still get good bands for the other three criteria except for task achievement. Secondly, If I dont talk about anything about history,and I completely write offtopic, do they still consider my answer by giving 0 for task achievement,but giving appropriate band scores for the other three criteria.Thank u

1. If you don’t write about history at all, you might get band 0 for a memorised answer. Don’t change the topic because you prefer a different one. 2. If your topic is obviously off topic because you chose that – the above might apply. 3. You should always stick as close to the topic as possible. Yes, being on or off topic, only affects Task Response score – unless the above applies. 4. If you got my e-book “Ideas for Essay Topics” this is an unlikely situation: https://elizabethferguson.podia.com/ . In fact, preserving old buildings and also the importance of history are both given in my e-book which actually covers over 150 common essay topics. I hope this helps 🙂

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Hey Liz, Greetings. Can I agree on the first half and express my disapproval on the second half for the same essay?

For the same point? You would say “I agree in free education” and then in the next paragraph you would say “I don’t agree with free education”? This means you have confused the reader. In an opinion essay, the requirement of a high score is that you maintain a clear position throughout – this means one position from start to finish. This is clearly stated in the band score descriptors that IELTS have published to the public.

I think what you are talking about it actually a partial agreement (a balanced approach) to an opinion essay. You should only try this if you have been trained. See my Advanced Writing Task 2 Lessons which you can purchase on this page: https://elizabethferguson.podia.com/ . Otherwise, stick to a one sided approach – it’s easier.

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it depends on the plan followed in an essay as well as question asked. for illustration, if you are asked to give only your views then you can,,or if you are asked to discuss both pros and cons of notion.In the case,you are discuss give only one side so you have to go on one side either in favour or not. MAY YOU FIND THIS HELPFUL

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Dear Liz Thanks a million for all the unconditional help and support you have given us during these years to improve our English. I have a question regarding Agree/Disagree essays. In the following essay question are we supposed to write about both positive and negative effects if we think there are more positive aspects? I mean in these types of questions we must explain both sides even if we think there are more advantages? Below is the question. In the last 20 years there have been significant development in the field of IT. However, these developments are likely to have more negative effects than positive in future. To what extent do you agree with this view? Best regards Mona

You need to look at how it is phrased: more X than Y. If you think there is more X, you will also think there is less Y. This means you will explain both from your point of view. Do you see what I mean?

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MAM A Huge Thanks for providing theses topics! I have almost gone through every topic in detail and now when i check latest questions from your website, i feel like i can write ay of those tasks easily.

I have just one doubt. While studying about poverty i found that every cause of it is totally related to other one, and in this situation it becomes difficult to write two separate reasons or body paragraphs about poverty. Overpopulation, for instance, is the reason of lack of resources or services that include education, but education can be a different reason. In the similar way unemployment is another cause of pooverty, and unemploymet is also due to overpopulation.

You have plenty of ideas and that’s great. Now it is your task to select and organise. You can’t put all your ideas in your essay – you need to decide which ones to use. If the essay is about poverty (lack of money), then resource depletion isn’t really relevant. However your point about limited education is a good point. You do not need to link lack of good education to overpopulation – that isn’t necessarily connected. So, one cause is – lack of good education which helps create professionals who will pull a country out of poverty. Your second point is lack of employment – this is a clearly connected to poverty and that is a another good cause. You can add as a supporting point that overpopulation leads to too much competition for jobs that are scarce in the first place. So, you see, you need to filter your ideas and cut out any point that isn’t directly related. IELTS essays are short – only 280 words on average – you can’t list everything. So, we have cut out “resource depletion” and we have decided that “overpopulation” is a supporting point which adds problems to the lack of employment. The two main causes will be: limited education and lack of jobs, which together cause poverty both for the country, for families and for individuals. Do you see how you need to plan more after you have brainstormed. Once you have ideas, sift through them to choose only two causes that you will use. This of course is advice for a cause/solution essay where you shouldn’t have more than two causes. I hope this helps.

Thanks for clearing my doubts mam You are so generous and humble. I can’t express my gratitude towards you in words.

I wish you healthy and happy life!!!

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Dear Lucia, Thank you so much. It took me about 2 month to improve my skills and to be honest, I spent most of my time reading different topics. Based on Topic’s complexity and range of questions, each topic took me between 1 to 4 days to study at first.

Hi Dear Liz, I didn’t know where to say my words so i Chose this page. I just wanted to extremely express my appreciation for your great website and your efforts to help people pass the IELTS exam. I have centered around my study time on your website and I went through all the 100 essay topics and latest speaking questions in all three parts. I have succeeded in the exam with L:8.5, R:8, S:7.5, W:7.5 while my previous scores were: L:8.5, R:8.5, S:6.5 W:6 and your website was the one main way that made my dream come through. I again want to thank you a lot and I am referring your website and your courses to all the people who ask about my success path here in Iran. I hope all people understand and appreciate your hard work and thanks for all the positive energies. Regards, Danial

I’m really pleased for you, Danial. It’s great to see your scores improving so much – well done 🙂

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hi liz there is no written topic about globalisation…. can u please provide

See the topic of society on this page: https://ieltsliz.com/100-ielts-essay-questions/

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Hi Danial, I am also happy for you that you got that such a brilliant score.. Could you please share how you make it? I also following Liz’s website which is very helpful fo me.. But i wondering about how long did you prepare to get that much improvement?and how many topics of writing did you do everyday?

Thank you in advance

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Hi Danial, What exactly you did to improve your skill by this website?

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Dear Liz, I just want to know that in agree or disagree type of essay, the body paragraph should be based on one side either agree or disagree or it should be 80:20 ratio? Please guide me, I will be very thankful to you.

There are no such rules. No rules at all like that in IELTS. You decide your own personal opinion when you read the essay question.

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Are calculators allowed in the IELTS exam? Thanks!

IELTS requires no calculations and, therefore, you need no calculator.

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Hlo mam can u please provide last 3 months essay topics

See this page: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2/

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Hello Liz, I had this question, I saw several times in videos that while question asks about “advantages and disadvantages”, tutors write one example of for each advantage and disadvantage. I was wondering, is it OK to do so on test day? thanks in advance!

It is your choice how you expand and explain your ideas. You can use or not use examples – it’s your choice.

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I had a question and would appreciate if you could kindly clarify. The below essay statement falls under which category? and Why? To me it looks like an opinion essay where we need to choose a side either positive or negative and then give points to support the view in 2 paragraphs. Is that right?

Essay Question: Some universities offer online courses for students. Do you think it is a positive or negative development for students?

The question is listed under sample essay questions on this website.

Thank you, Soumen

This is listed under the category of direct questions. It requires you to answer one question only and present your opinion. You can find a model for this on this page: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2/

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Please give me last six months essay topics which came in a ielts exam..

http://www.ieltsliz.com/recent-ielts-questions-and-topics

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I’m Ali , from iran and I have to say THANK YOU ! May God bless you

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Advertisement reflects the power of renowned consumer products in which celebrities are act as a crowd puller by doing advertises on television screen. Youngsters attract easily due to their favourite film stars , singers advertisevent. However, it is true argument that reduces the substancial real needs of the society in which they sold their goods.

Throughout the years, the scenario has been changed due to development of technology worldwide that helps the advertise companies to launch their products efficiently. Although, there is no actual need of that goods but individual purchase it through online website for instance, http://www.amazon.com /www.eBay.com etcetera that leads to wastage of currency and also grown-ups foster their guardians for that unworthy things. Besides this, companies provide lot of benefit and offer on goods to influence the public but it might have palpable effect that create skin infection , elergy problems due to the usage of cosmetica, medicines or protein powders that are consumed to gain or lpose weight . So , generally unhealthy for people.

On the other hand, there are various aspects against this argument. It is a people’s choice to take decision to buy goods . Advertising may be not a cause of consumer’s buying habits .individuals have their own spending habits . If they have got enough disposable income then they have right to purchase that product . Before buying consumer goods they should evidently aware about it positives and negatives.

To conclude , it is quit inconvenient to say everyone is swayed by advertising. Compared with other product companies , the sensitive areas of business such as toys industries that should be curtail to advertise because children have not enough mature to judge about good or bad.

Sory I don’t comment on writing.

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Hi Liz, your website is very helpful,no doubt :). My ielts test day is 15th dec and i am really confused… i wanted to ask that what i ought to do if i have no knowledge about the question in writing task 2. waiting for your response.. Thanks.

You will have a problem if you have not prepared ideas for common topics in writing task 2. See this page for a list of more topics: https://ieltsliz.com/100-ielts-essay-questions/ . You can find ideas from model essays online and debate websites.

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hi Liz, today I have elaborately studied marking criteria of writing task 2. Could you please explain me these three things- 1)coherence 2)cohesion 3)referencing

looking forward to your reply thanks in advance 🙂

You can find detailed information about the writing task 2 band scores on this page: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2-band-scores-5-to-8/ . Coherence is about your language being easy to understand with a logical flow of ideas. Cohesion is about how ideas connect to each other (ie linking). Referencing is about referring back in grammar by using “it” or “they”.

thank you : )

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I have been looking for site to know writing task 2 topics with sub-topics,thanks to ieltsliz because its made my task easy.

You can find more here: https://ieltsliz.com/100-ielts-essay-questions/

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You might have no idea how MANY DOCTORS around the world are thankful for your help in learning English! On behalf of all white coat wearing people, THANK YOU!.

I read many FB med group chat’s comments and other social networks, where many who want to come to the UK to practice medicine get together , and many of them recommend watching your videos.

Thousands of them, mostly from developing countries, show their gratitude to you.

we need above 7.5 in total and above 7 in each.

Personally, I have given IELTS 5 times, in 6 years. Unfortunately, I have not received the required score yet. BUT, I have received in Speaking 8, reading 7, Listening 7.5, and most horrible part-writing 6.5

Those numbers were different in each time, I just compiled them in the best shape, to show the greatest achievement I could get in those hardest ever my exams. I never got any bad marks during my 8 years of medical exams. I graduated from medical school with Honors yet ENGLISH- is my weak point.

I am proactive and will try for the 6th time, I believe it will be my last time of giving IELTS, I will achieve the required and even more band.

I have never really practice writing exactly at it is given in your explanation. But this time I WILL.

from Central Asia.

Thanks so much for your comment. I’m aware of the issues doctors face hitting their required score and am glad my site helps 🙂 I have actually replied to you at length via email using the email address you have used to post this message. Take a look as I’ve given you some extra tips and a gift. Good luck 🙂

Thank you . You are not wise only, generous and have real concerns for your students.

Heavenly rewards for your tremendous work.

Advance Merry Christmas!

Many new adventures in coming year 2017!

Thank you!!!

Merry Xmas 🙂

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Thank you Liz for your help so much! I know you have probably heard it many times before but I really do appreciate your great work. In my case especially, your study materials are priceless. I am a mother of a 9 months old baby girl so you can only imagine how challenging for me is studying and taking care of her at the same time. Actually, now at the moment I am burning the midnight oil to study for my IELTS exam (Academic) which is coming in the beginning of December 2016. My English is far from being perfect and my dream is to get band 8+. I am full of doubts and totally bushed, worried about my final results but I know that I just simply cannot give up. I think many people are having the same thoughts and worries as I do. But you are here, for us and that’s amazing. I am sending my warmest greetings from Finland.

Coming soon 🙂

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Thank you very much for your stunning site and I really like and benifited from it.I am a student of IELTS. My asking to you, how can I guess Argumentative written or narrative written. Some time I make mistake it . May you give me any easy way to identify it. Thank you

See the free information video on this page which explain the five types of IELTS essays: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

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4 in reading

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really love your website. It’s very interactive.

In my speaking test had to speak about the last story I had watched on TV, with whom I watched and what did I liked about it and why.

Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’m glad my site is useful.

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Hi, In most of the GT writing test part II in the introduction paragraph, its mentioned that “In this essay I will be describing or I explained about…..bla bla

Similarly, In conclusion part,”I/we discussed and explained so and so…….”

My question is that is it right to use I and We the way I used in the above example or generalised statement will be given more weightage.

None of the phrases you have listed are advisable to use. I suggest you see my advanced writing task 2 lessons: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

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Hi Liz Thank you for your great and wonderful lessons and tips that is really valuable to us. i bought your Advanced IELTS Writing task2 for different types of essay questions and its amazing,v.thanks. “people should work a fixed number of hours per week,and employers should not ask anybody to work more than this” give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples. what is this type of essay?and how to deal with it?and if any advices you can give it to me regarding my question. thank you.

That question is not complete. Where did you find it?

Cambridge 10 general training test2

Sorry..test1

That’s so badly written for an IELTS question. It’s an opinion essay. You need to comment on the opinion given by giving your own opinion. You need to explain what you think of people working a fixed number of hours in a week.

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Hello mam, i done my best in ielts exam …i follow format similar trend which should be followed but unfortunately i overall got 5.5 band in writing ..Can u suggest me something ..now I’m going for it again.

See my advanced lessons: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

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I am going to give general ielts test and I need your advice before giving the test please give me some tips for general ielts test and which lessons is are good for general test from your lessons

All writing task 2 lessons are also for GT. On the writing task 1 page, you will find tips for letter writing.

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I am preparing for Ilets Academic exam, It is on 31st March, I have started my preparation on 19th March 🙁 My goal is to achieve 6.5 band in writing, i am doing quite well in other sections. But i am not feeling confident in writing, kindly give me some tips on writing

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Hey Liz, I know you are taking some time off. However, I have a question for you in regard to Task 1. When the question is asking you to write a letter to your friends and in your letter, thank them for the photos and for the holiday you spent overseas. Since, no names were given, how would you suggest addressing this letter ? Would you suggest simply using imaginary names? Thanks

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Thank you for sharing valuable information for IELTS exam.

After going through your tips, I am a bit confused about how to write an essay for the question ‘To what extent do you agree’?

For example, “Most artists receive low salaries and should therefore receive funding from the government in order for them to continue their work. To what extent do you agree?” – – Can I disagree with the statement or I have to agree only? As I can say here that government has other priorities as well. – In addition to funding, can I write something like additional unemployment benefits for artists etc to further help artists. – Furthermore, If I agree (partially or fully) or disagree, two body paragraphs which I make, I have to justify my statement given in introduction only or can I discuss other side as well (may be in second para)? – I am getting confused over this type of question (To what extent) so please provide me with some resources on it as I have my exam on 23rd Jan.

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Hi, Do you have any solve essay so that I can see all the method.

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What is your opinion on giving a Title to the Essay before we begin writing it. Will that have a positive or negative impact? Please advice.

Thanks, Vijay

You should not write a title. Liz

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hi madam I bit confuse about what I write in this topic some sports make use of steroids in order to boost their performance as it easy to obtain legal drugs through a medical prescription . suggest some possible measures to check such unethical practices ielts task 2 …Please reply me as soon as possible because my exam is on 7 November. .Thanks

This can be checked by regular urine and blood tests. It can also be dealt with by having harsher penalties for people using drugs to enhance their performance. This issue has been in the news a lot so you can read up on google. Good luck Liz

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I can’t remember where I found an essay question that really stressed me out. It was something along the lines of “Some people believe the government should spend more money on defense while others believe social benefits should be favored. Discuss both sides.” I really can’t remember what it was exactly, but it concerned defense and social benefits and I honestly had no idea what I could write about on that topic. Would you have tips?

Thank you so much,

This is a current issue in many countries. Should a country aim to protect itself or should it spend money on providing benefits for its citizens. Defense is essential in order to ensure the security of a country and its citizens. Without defense, a country would be open to attack from terrorists or other countries. It is in the interest of the citizens to provide strong defenses. However, if many of a country’s citizens are in poverty or sick, the government has a responsibility to provide benefits and extra money to support them. Without these benefits, they might end up living below the poverty line. I hope some of these ideas help. Feel free to share your views. Liz

Thank you so much for your answer !

Also, I read that each paragraph should have one controlling idea. However, on subjects such as “Some believe a good salary is more important, others believe an enjoyable job is more important. Discuss both views and give your opinion” (something along those lines, I shortened it of course). I’m struggling on two things :

1. Is it ok if I write two paragraphs, one about good salary and the other about enjoying the job but with more than one idea for both? (ie. I wouldn’t have one single controlling idea). 2. Do I have to give my opinion in the intro or can I give it in the conclusion?

Thank you for your time!

You must put your opinion in the introduction, body and conclusion. You could have two body paragraphs and join your opinion with one of them or you could put your opinion separately. Have a think about getting one of my advanced training lessons for essay writing – they are very detailed and will help a lot: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore All the best Liz

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i think you are right this will help us and our country and their would not be any problem.

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The writing task 2. I came across in my IELTS general exam was

Some people thinks that radio is much more interesting and entertaining than Tv. To what extent do you agree? Or disagree?. Discuss with relevent examples.

Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Hello there ! Liz, I tried writing this topic and I’m trying the For-and-Against approach, and my opinion stated at the last paragraph. However, I can’t come up with any ideas as to how is radio more entertaining? How is it more entertaining than TV? Could you please help me out?

I am not clear what topic you are referring to – you need to write it in full in your message. Also I don’t know what you mean about the “for-and-against” approach. Are you talking about the discussion essay? Liz

Oh, I’m sorry, I completely forgot to mention which essay I was talking about. I was referring to “Some people think that radio is much more interesting and entertaining than TV. To what extent do you agree/disagree?” And what I meant by “for-and-against” was that I handle those type of questions like a discussion essay. I would first write the reasons why some people think it IS better than TV, and in the next paragraph I would list the reasons why others think it IS NOT. At the end I give my own opinion. However, I couldn’t think of any ways in which radio is more interesting, so I thought I would ask you for some ideas.

Thank you for the fast reply!

It is ESSENTIAL that you follow the instructions. The instructions do not say “discuss both sides”. This is an opinion essay, you decide your opinion in the introduction and explain it in the body paragraph. Never add any information which is not your opinion. If you fail to follow instructions 100%, you will get a low mark. See my opinion essay lesson from my online course for detailed training: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore All the best Liz

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Do you teach online ?

At the moment, these are the only extra lessons I offer: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore All the best Liz

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Hi Liz, I found your blog very useful, I have my exam in a week time, I m looking to improve my scores in Reading and Writing Section of ielts, I m good enough in English I would say, What tips you would help me on this.

Listening: As I m from Asian, And you mentioned that on your video that most of the foreigners have issues when it comes to listening to Plurals. with S. any way i can differential or improve on identify it. if so

Reading for General: Ii have experienced issue with matching question type and matching of heading or where you have lists of headings to choice or pick from like for example ( i, ii, iv) or the case of matching with the paragraph ( A, B, D,H). one where of the problem i fixed was with use of Synonyms in passage vs question., with the crunch of time . Are the Any Traps.. to look out for or tips that can help me to do well with this kind of questions apart from skimming the text and identifying the main idea of the paragraph…

Writing: I have issue with sentence construction or paragraph building i have ideas or points in mind when i end up reading up a task question.

Speaking: I plan on using diverse vocabulary words. towards my topic, but how would be able to know when should i use , Could be/ Should be / Would be any differences on those, I m sure i m likely loose points on misuse of words in context or when it comes to pronounciation of words. is that the case

I don’t have time to give you all tips but here are some. For speaking, the issue you are talking about is not vocabulary, it is grammar. The use of the correct modals (should, could etc) and the use of conditional sentences all relates to your grammar accuracy and range. You will find a grammar website recommended on my useful website page in the IELTS Extra section. For writing, the key is preparing ideas for all common topics and also planning your essay so that each paragraph has a central point. If you mix your ideas up in paragraphs, you will not get a good mark for coherence and cohesion – so plan your ideas and then plan how to put them into paragraphs. After that, plan how to support them. All that should be done before you start writing. All the best Liz

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Would you recommend to have a balanced view? Or single sided view? If I will choose a balanced view, I think I still need to state clearly which side I preferred. Is that correct? Thanks

You can get a good score with either approach. A one sided approach choose one side (either agree or disagree). The balanced approach is a specific opinion which doesn’t fully agree or fully disagree. I’ll soon be releasing a video to buy which explains in detail how to do both approaches for the opinion essay. I’ll post a link when it’s ready. Liz

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Subtopic in a Research Paper: how to write subtopics well

Subtopic in a Research Paper: how to write subtopics well

Topic and Subtopics In Research Paper

Topic and Subtopics In Research Paper

A subtopic is a section of your topic that you are discussing in the same research paper. It is a phrase that identifies a section of your research project.  Also, it is part of the subject that you will be exploiting in the essay.

A subtopic is necessary for your essay to make your presentation of your ideas on the topic systematic. Thus, a good subtopic should support the main topic of the research paper and bolster its credibility.

common essay topics with subtopics

Any essay with a subtopic will follow a standard format typically. Furthermore, the subtopic adds depth to your essay and break the topic into manageable chunks

Essay Subtopics Example

topics and suptopics examples

Before you develop your subtopic, you must understand what the entire essay topic is all about.

For you to make your topic more appealing, you have to break it into sections and promote effective delivery.

For example, if your topic is about ‘’ How to Maintain Food Security”, you should research and come up with findings that will support your arguments.

Under the topic, you have to create an outline that will specify the subtopics that will support the key topic.

For instance, they could be as follows:

Main topic: How to maintain food security

Introduction

  • 1st Subtopic :  Identify fertile regions
  • 2nd Subtopic :  Develop irrigation schemes
  • 3rd Subtopic :  Create modern storage systems

How to Write Subtopics in Research Paper

Subtopics are key pillars of your research paper. You should create a proper outline of these subtopics to make your paper easier to write.

In our guide to writing research papers , we gave steps on how to write paragraphs. These paragraphs carry the subtopics. What’s more, if your paper has good subtopics, it becomes understandable to the audience.

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Base your subtopics on the thesis statement which is the critical issue you are trying to create. For that reason, make the appropriate heading as per the research subject. Use the following steps to come up with the subtopics of your research paper:

  • Identify the thesis statements of your essay which can be more than a single sentence. More importantly, this statement should summarize that point that you are putting across in your research. Since the thesis is the basis of the paper, allow the subtopics to come from this section.
  • Write an outline of your research paper that includes the introduction, body, and conclusion. Follow this simple rule; the introduction should carry the first heading while the conclusion should bear the final heading.
  • Divide the body into manageable sections which we will refer to as subtopics. You will base these subtopics on the area of your topic that you want to capture. Besides, use a few words to write your subtopics.
  • Lastly, check your outline and include the subtopics that you need to write about. For example, if you select a topic on “Population”, provide the relevant subtopics that will make your delivery easier. Let them support the main idea within your area of discussion.

Importance of Subtopics

1. better understanding.

When you include subtopics in your research paper, you will break the information into chewable levels and promote understanding.

Before one reads through the entire paper, scanning of the subtopics gives the hint of what you are discussing in the whole matter.

small chewable pieces

2. Improves Engagements

When one is reading your content that has subheadings, it becomes easier to concentrate on the content since the information will be flowing systematically.

A high performing content calls for better engagement where no one should struggle to figure out the direction of your topic.

3. Provides Clarity

Adding subtopics to your work provides clarity to the content. Besides, a subtopic is a great avenue that helps the audience to retain the given information more conveniently.

It is easier to remember certain concepts when broken into sections under meaningful subtitles well. It is a perfect method of connecting with your audience and winning their attention well.

4. Improves Comprehension

Subtopics improve literacy and comprehensions levels. Specifically, the titles assist one in reading speed, vocabulary acquisition, word recognition, and word knowledge.

The subtopics enhance the readability of the essay because the audience will be knowing what might be cooking in the next section in advance. If you did proper research, chances are high that one will end the essay to the end.

Difference between Research Topic and Subtopic

A topic is a key idea of what the author will be building the main arguments about. The topic is the central idea in your writing. On the other hand, the subtopic is a section of the main topic that supports your argument to complete your discussion.

These two are part of writing but they are the difference between a research paper and an essay , especially when developing the paragraphs. We can illustrate that in the following example:

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Features of a Good Topic

breakdown the main topic

  • Covers a specific subject: The right research topic must be specific. It should not appear too general. Also, you should settle for a topic that is too broad to tempt you to focus on different aspects.

The topic should be clear for the audience to understand the nature of your research.

Thus, it should have a single interpretation to prevent the audience from getting distracted. It should be directional and not ambiguous.

  • Well Defined: The topic bears a direct definition without giving a double-barreled impression. Meaning, it should be well-phrased for one to understand with a single meaning.
  • Relevant: The topic should be relevant and allow it to focus on timely issues. For example, if you select a topic on abortion, it could appear outdated. Instead, you should settle for other topics on women’s reproductive systems such as menstrual suppression. Develop a topic that has current importance.
  • Follows the Assignment: The right topic should follow the guidelines of your assignment. Before you develop your essay topic, read and understand the assignment guidelines.
  • Language: The topic language should be simple for everyone to understand. Use technical terms as appropriate. Besides, maintain the ethics of your writing to avoid using unethical sentences or terms. Avoid using a bias either willingly or unwillingly in your topic.
  • Titling: The research problem should follow titling rules. For example, you can use a title case or a sentence case. You should understand the titling rules before writing the topic down.

FAQs on Sutopics

How to write subtopics in a research paper.

Begin by understanding the thesis testament. Create an outline that includes an introduction, body, and conclusion. Divide the topic into smaller sections which we refer to as the subtopics. Use a few words to serve as titles for the subtopics. Finally, use the titles of the subtopics in your outline.

What is a subtopic in an essay?

A subtopic is a section of a topic that complements the central idea of a topic. We use subtopics to expand the arguments in your topic for the readers to follow and understand what you are saying.

A subtopic is necessary as a convenient break to allow the writer to bring the point home. The right subtopic enhances the engagements of your essay to make it more exciting.

Topics and subtopics examples

When you are writing your essay or a research paper, you should create a topic and utilize subtopics to enhance delivery. Topics can vary based on the type of instruction that you will receive. However, be sure to make your topics relevant so that you do not deviate from what your professor wants.

Several topics exist for you to choose from depending on your field. The most common ones are:

Main topic: Effects of River Pollution

  • 1st subtopic: Sources of River Pollution
  • 2nd subtopic: Loss of aquatic life
  • 3rd subtopic: Contamination of freshwater
  • 4th subtopic: Communal diseases
  • 5th subtopic: solution to river pollution.

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What Is A Subtopic In An Essay: Your Ultimate Weapon for Engaging Writing

By: Author Paul Jenkins

Posted on July 22, 2023

Categories Writing

You’ve been assigned an essay. You’ve chosen your main topic, but now you’re faced with breaking it down into subtopics. What are they? Why do you need them? How can they improve the quality of your essay?

Subtopics are like building blocks that support the structure of your essay and give depth to your argument or analysis. They help organize your ideas and make your writing more reader-friendly. But identifying and developing effective subtopics isn’t always easy; it requires careful thought, planning, and revision.

This article will guide you through understanding what a subtopic is, its role in an essay, how to identify and develop one successfully, common mistakes to avoid while using them, and tips for their effective use to boost the quality of your essay.

Let’s dive in!

Key Takeaways

  • Subtopics support the structure and argumentation of an essay, adding depth and organization.
  • Subtopics break down complex topics into manageable chunks and allow for exploration of different angles related to the main theme.
  • Well-developed subtopics engage readers and enhance the overall quality of the essay.
  • Subtopic transitions are crucial for maintaining coherence, guiding readers, and ensuring a seamless flow between ideas.

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Understanding the Structure of an Essay

You’ve got to grasp that the structure of an essay isn’t just a random blend of words, it’s a well-planned framework that guides your thoughts and arguments.

Each piece has its place, with subtopics playing an essential role in this structure. They are like smaller chapters within your larger story, allowing you to dive deeper into specific aspects of your main topic.

There are some common subtopic misconceptions. Many believe that they must strictly adhere to the initial outline or plan they have established for their subtopics. However, one of the beauties of essay writing is subtopic flexibility. You can adjust them as needed based on how your argument or ideas evolve throughout the writing process.

Subtopics also provide clarity by breaking down complex topics into manageable chunks, making it easier for readers to understand and digest the information presented. They function as an opportunity to explore different angles related to your main theme.

So remember, when working on an essay, don’t underestimate the power and versatility of carefully chosen and well-developed subtopics. They’re not only structural elements but also tools for enhancing your overall argumentation strategy without saying ‘In conclusion’ at all.

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Defining a Subtopic

Think you’re done after deciding on a main theme? Well, hate to break it to you, but you’ve only just scratched the surface. To truly delve into your essay and make your arguments compelling, you need to understand what a subtopic is.

A subtopic is essentially a specific aspect or component of your main topic. It allows for greater depth and exploration within your essay’s framework. Here are some key points about subtopics:

  • They help organize ideas in an orderly manner.
  • Subtopic placement can influence the flow of the entire essay.
  • They provide room for thorough examination of different aspects of the main topic.
  • Subtopic variations keep readers engaged by offering fresh perspectives.
  • Each subtopic should be relevant to the overarching subject.

Remember this: while your main topic is like the trunk of a tree, holding everything together, each subtopic represents individual branches that extend from it. These branches add complexity and richness to the overall structure. So don’t limit yourself with just one idea; explore multiple facets through varied subtopics and elevate your essay writing skills.

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The Role of a Subtopic in an Essay

In crafting a compelling piece of writing, the devil’s in the details–specific aspects of your main theme can add depth and richness to your argument. That’s where subtopics come into play. They help you explore different facets of your primary topic, giving readers a comprehensive understanding of the issue at hand.

There are some subtopic misconceptions to watch out for though. It’s easy to confuse subtopics as mere examples or illustrations of your main topic; in reality, they’re much more than that. Each subtopic should be able to stand on its own merit while still supporting and enhancing your central argument.

As you develop your essay, pay attention to how your subtopics evolve. The progression from one point to another must be logical and seamless, ensuring that each new piece builds upon what preceded it and sets up what’s coming next.

It’s essential not to underestimate the role subtopics play in an essay structure. Think of them as building blocks: individually they have their importance, but together they create something more substantial—the complete picture that is your essay. So take time to craft thoughtful, well-researched subtopics; it’ll make all the difference in delivering a persuasive argument.

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How to Identify a Subtopic

Spotting a subtheme within your writing isn’t always straightforward, but did you know that 80% of readers find content more engaging when it’s structured with clear, identifiable sections? This statistic underscores the importance of mastering this skill. So, how do you identify a subtopic in an essay?

Firstly, look for ideas that support the main thesis. These are often your subtopics.

For instance, if your main topic is ‘The Impact of Technology on Education,’ a potential subtopic could be ‘Online Learning Platforms.’

Secondly, pay attention to the structure and format of your essay.

Paragraphs usually focus on one idea or argument which will likely be a subtopic.

Remember though, there can be limitations when identifying and using subtopics. You don’t want to stray too far from your main point or make your essay confusing. But don’t let these ‘subtopic limitations’ stifle creativity! Unleashing ‘subtopic creativity’ can help you explore different dimensions of the main topic and make your writing more compelling.

With practice and precision, you’ll soon become adept at creating essays filled with interesting subtopics that not only engage readers but also add depth to your work without losing sight of the overall theme.

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How to Develop a Subtopic

Don’t you just love the thrill of diving deeper into your main theme? Let’s explore how to add layers to your writing by developing those juicy, engaging points that support your main idea. This process is all about expanding on a subtopic in an essay.

First things first, let’s dispel some Subtopic Misconceptions. You might think that a subtopic has to be rigid and strictly tied to the main topic, but that’s not entirely correct. Yes, it should support and relate to the main topic, but it can also veer off slightly to provide interesting insights or alternative perspectives. This is where Subtopic Flexibility comes into play.

Start by brainstorming potential angles related to your main topic. Jot down as many ideas as possible without worrying if they’re good or bad at this stage. Once you have a list, sift through them and choose the ones that are most relevant or intriguing.

Next, research each chosen subtopic thoroughly. Use reliable sources for information and ensure you understand it well enough to explain in simple terms. Then start crafting paragraphs around these points, ensuring they flow smoothly from one point to another.

Remember this: Good essays aren’t just about presenting facts; they’re about telling a compelling story using those facts!

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The Relationship Between Main Topic and Subtopics

Weaving a tapestry of thought, the main topic and its supportive threads – the subthemes – dance together in an intricate choreography.

Your main topic serves as the foundation, a guiding star that lights your path throughout your essay. It’s like a tree trunk from which various branches, or subtopics, grow. Each branch represents different aspects or perspectives related to your primary theme.

Subtopic categorization is key in this process. You need to discern what relevant points can become subtopics, each one further exploring and expanding upon the central idea. This demands a careful balance; while you want to provide thorough investigation into your chosen subject matter, it’s crucial not to lose sight of your main topic.

However, there are also limitations when working with subtopics. Too many can confuse or overwhelm readers, diverting their focus from the core concept you’re trying to convey. Yet too few might leave them hungry for more information or clarity on certain points.

So remember: keep a clear delineation between your main topic and its supportive elements while maintaining coherence in presenting these ideas together in an effective manner.

As such balance is achieved, you’re well on your way to crafting compelling essays that captivate readers’ interest and understanding.

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Examples of Subtopics in Different Essay Types

Let’s dive into some concrete examples of how this delicate dance between main themes and their support acts plays out in different types of written pieces, shall we?

Suppose you’re crafting an argumentative essay on climate change. Your main topic might be ‘The Impact of Human Activities on Climate Change.’ Subtopics can include various elements like greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, or waste management. Each subtopic delves deeper into your primary argument, offering evidence and examples to substantiate your claims.

Subtopic pitfalls often occur when these smaller divisions are not adequately researched or lack cohesion with the main theme. For instance, if you suddenly introduced a subtopic about animal extinction in your climate change essay without linking it back to human activities’ impact, it could confuse your readers.

As for subtopic evolution, consider a compare-and-contrast essay comparing online learning and traditional classroom education. You might start with basic comparisons (costs, flexibility), but as you research further, your subtopics may evolve to cover aspects such as student engagement levels or learning outcomes based on teaching methods used.

Remember always to ensure that each subtopic strengthens and complements the overarching thesis of your essay rather than diverting from it.

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Importance of Coherence and Flow Between Subtopics

Ensuring a smooth and logical transition between your main points can significantly boost the clarity and impact of your argument. This is where subtopic selection plays a crucial role in essay writing.

Each subtopic should build on the previous one, establishing a clear thread that ties your ideas together. Think of it as building blocks; each subtopic should stack neatly on top of each other, forming a strong structure that supports your thesis or central idea.

Subtopics are not just independent thoughts thrown randomly into an essay; they should be carefully chosen to maintain continuity and strengthen your overall argument. Subtopic relevance is equally important. Irrelevant or weakly connected subtopics can disrupt the flow of your essay, confusing readers and diluting your message.

It’s like driving down a road with unnecessary detours – it’s frustrating and distracts from reaching the destination efficiently. So remember, when crafting an essay, pay close attention to the coherence and flow between subtopics.

A well-structured piece with logically connected ideas not only simplifies comprehension but also leaves a lasting impression on readers’ minds without them having to unravel complex knots of disjointed information.

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Balancing Between the Use of Subtopics and Overcomplication

Navigating the labyrinth of your paper’s structure, it’s crucial not to lose your reader in an overcomplicated maze of points. Subtopics are essential for organization and flow but beware of subtopic pitfalls such as unnecessary detail or tangential information that may confuse rather than clarify. The key is balance.

Consider subtopics as a way to break down complex ideas into manageable parts:

Understand the main message: What’s the core idea you want to convey?

Avoid adding extraneous details that might muddle your central point.

Gauge relevance: Do each subtopic directly relate to your main topic?

Cut any unrelated subtopics that don’t contribute constructively.

Monitor depth: How much detail does each subtopic need?

Don’t delve too deep – save some mysteries for further exploration.

Subtopic integration should be seamless, linking one concept to another without jarring transitions or abrupt shifts in focus. Each section should build upon its predecessor, leading logically towards your conclusion while maintaining interest and comprehension.

The artistry lies in creating a clear path through intricate arguments without oversimplifying or overwhelming. Balance between meticulous detailing and overarching simplicity ensures a compelling read, where every element serves purposeful progression towards the overall thesis.

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Ensuring Each Subtopic is Fully Explored

After understanding how to strike a balance between the use of subtopics and overcomplication, it’s time to delve into our next important aspect – Ensuring each subtopic is fully explored.

One common pitfall in essay writing is ‘Subtopic Misconceptions’. You might think that skimpy information suffices for a subtopic. However, leaving your audience with more questions than answers isn’t the aim. Each subtopic should be thoughtfully developed; presenting ideas, arguments or facts that support your main topic.

To help grasp this concept better, let’s look at an example:

As you can see, full exploration involves delving into the details and complexities of each point under your subtopic.

Now onto ‘Subtopic Evolution’. As you write more essays and improve your skills, you’ll notice that your ability to explore subtopics evolves too – they become richer in detail and connect better with the main topic. Keep practicing!

So remember, give each subtopic the attention it deserves for a well-rounded essay!

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The Role of Transitions in Connecting Subtopics

Moving on, let’s dive into the pivotal role transitions play in connecting your various points and ideas. Transitions act as bridges between your thoughts, ensuring a smooth flow from one subtopic to another. They are essential for maintaining coherence and providing a logical structure to your essay.

Consider these four key points:

Subtopic Significance: Transitions highlight the importance of each subtopic by subtly reminding readers of its relevance to the overall thesis.

Flow Maintenance: Crafty use of transitions keeps your audience engaged, guiding them seamlessly through different sections.

Subtopic Limitations: A well-placed transition can also indicate limitations or contrast within subtopics, offering a broader perspective.

Recapitulation: Transitions often recap the previous point before introducing a new one, reinforcing understanding.

Remember that overusing transitions can make your writing appear mechanical and disrupt the natural flow of ideas. Aim for balance – use them where necessary but don’t force it just to include more. Your choice of words plays an integral part in determining how effectively you connect your thoughts.

Transitions aren’t mere decorative elements; they’re crucial tools that help illustrate relationships among various arguments within an essay while keeping it fluid and engaging for readers.

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Revising and Refining Your Subtopics

Surprisingly, nearly 60% of writers overlook the importance of revising their work, yet it’s in this critical stage that you can refine your points and arguments to enhance clarity and impact. A good essay isn’t merely written; it’s rewritten. This is where subtopic relevance comes into play.

Start by reevaluating your subtopics’ relevance to your main topic. Are they directly related? If not, you may need to revise them or even find new ones. Additionally, assess each subtopic’s strength — weak or vague points could undermine your argument.

Next, consider the question of subtopic variation. Is there enough diversity among your supporting ideas? While repetition can emphasize a point, too much can lead to redundancy and dull reading. Experiment with different types of evidence or perspectives for a more compelling essay.

Revising also gives you a chance to fine-tune transitions between paragraphs and ensure coherence in your writing. Don’t forget about grammar and punctuation – small mistakes can distract from an otherwise excellent essay.

Refining your subtopics might seem like extra work now but remember: it will significantly improve the overall quality of your essay later on. Mastering revision techniques helps maintain focus while providing varied and insightful content for readers.

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Common Mistakes in Utilizing Subtopics

Despite your best efforts, it’s easy to stumble when using supporting ideas in your writing, and some common mistakes could detract from your masterpiece. The most prevalent of these errors are Subtopic Misplacement and Incomplete Subtopics.

Subtopic misplacement happens when you don’t structure your essay coherently. You might introduce a subtopic too early or late, which can confuse readers. On the other hand, incomplete subtopics leave gaps in information that fail to convincingly back up your main argument.

Here is a quick guide on avoiding these pitfalls:

Always remember that each subtopic should be a solid pillar supporting your central idea. They need to be well-researched and presented at appropriate points within the body of the essay.

So, keep an eye out for these common mistakes as you draft and revise – they’re easily avoidable with careful planning and thorough research. Your essays will shine brighter without them!

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The Impact of Subtopics on Essay Quality

In your writing journey, you’ll quickly discover how much the quality of your work soars when you properly utilize supporting ideas. For instance, imagine crafting a piece about climate change: if you include well-researched and timely sections on melting polar ice caps, rising ocean temperatures, and the increase in extreme weather events, your argument that urgent action is needed becomes undeniably compelling.

Misusing subtopics can significantly downgrade this quality. If you’re not careful with subtopic misuse, it can lead to an unorganized mess instead of a rich tapestry of interconnected ideas. It’s essential to use each subtopic as a stepping stone towards proving your thesis statement.

On the flip side, utilizing subtopic creativity can elevate your essay significantly. By choosing interesting and unexpected angles for each point of discussion within your main topic, readers are more likely to remain engaged throughout the text. This approach also allows deeper exploration into the subject matter.

Remember that every detail counts in essay writing – including thoughtful and effective usage of subtopics. With these considerations in mind, harnessing the power of well-structured subtopics will undoubtedly improve the overall quality and impact of your written work.

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Tips for Effective Use of Subtopics in Your Essay

Utilizing supporting ideas effectively can transform your written piece from good to great, and there are several strategies you can employ to ensure their maximum impact.

One of the most common Subtopic Misconceptions is that subtopics are only used to break up long texts. However, they serve a more significant purpose – they function as guideposts that steer your reader through your argument logically.

The placement of these subtopics also plays a crucial role in navigating your essay’s flow. A well-placed subtopic contributes to the coherence and cohesion of your essay, ensuring each argument relates back to the main topic seamlessly.

An effective way to use subtopics is by introducing them at the beginning of each paragraph. This gives readers an idea of what to expect in the following sentences, providing clarity and direction. Furthermore, don’t forget that each subtopic should be a supporting point for your main thesis.

Remember that using too many or too few subtopics can either overwhelm or confuse your readers respectively. Striking a balance is key: enough detail to support your argument but not so much it drowns out the main point.

So use those guideposts wisely and watch how they elevate your writing!

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A Catalog of 500+ Essay Topics for Students

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It can be frustrating, right? 

The blank page stares back at you, and the pressure to choose an engaging essay topic feels overwhelming. You want something that's not only interesting but also meaningful—a topic that will make your essay shine.

In this comprehensive blog post, we've compiled an extensive essay topics list that covers a wide range of subjects. 

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Essay Topics for Kids

  • The Benefits of Reading Books for Fun
  • The Most Exciting Adventure I've Ever Had
  • What Makes a Good Friend?
  • My Favorite Hobby and Why I Love It
  • If I Could Visit Any Place in the World, Where Would I Go?
  • The Importance of Being Kind to Others
  • My Role Model and Why I Look Up to Them
  • How I Would Spend a Day Without Technology
  • My Favorite Season and the Activities I Enjoy During It
  • The Best Day of My Life and Why It Was Special

Essay Topics for Grade 3

  • My Favorite Animal
  • A Day at the Amusement Park
  • If I Could Fly
  • My Best Friend
  • My Favorite Season
  • A Special Family Tradition
  • If I Found a Magic Wand
  • The Importance of Being Kind
  • My Dream House
  • A Day in the Life of a Superhero

Essay Topics for Grade 4

  • My Favorite Book and Why I Love It
  • The Importance of Saving Money
  • If I Could Travel Back in Time
  • A Day Without Electricity
  • My Favorite Food and How to Prepare It
  • How I Would Spend a Day on a Deserted Island
  • The Benefits of Homework and Studying

Essay Topics for Grade 5

  • My Dream Vacation Destination
  • The Impact of Technology on My Life
  • The Importance of Environmental Conservation
  • My Hobbies and Why They Matter
  • If I Could Change One Thing About the World
  • The Role of Friendship in My Life
  • A Memorable Family Trip
  • The Power of Imagination
  • The Benefits of Physical Exercise
  • A Day in the Life of My Favorite Book Character

Essay Topics for Grade 6

Let’s explore essay topics for middle school students in grade 6 here:

  • My Personal Hero and Their Influence on Me
  • The Challenges of Growing Up
  • The Significance of Volunteering in the Community
  • The Impact of Social Media on Society
  • The Value of Setting Goals
  • If I Could Invent a New Holiday
  • The Role of Art and Music in My Life
  • The Benefits of Traveling and Experiencing Different Cultures
  • A Time I Overcame a Fear
  • The Importance of Time Management

Essay Topics for Grade 7

  • The Role of Technology in Education
  • The Impact of Bullying and How to Prevent It
  • The Value of a Good Education
  • The Pros and Cons of Social Networking
  • The Effects of Peer Pressure
  • If I Could Change One Thing About My School
  • The Benefits of Learning a Second Language
  • The Importance of Financial Literacy
  • A Time I Faced a Difficult Decision
  • The Significance of Gender Equality

Essay Topics for Grade 8

  • The Influence of Role Models in Our Lives
  • The Impact of Climate Change on the Environment
  • The Value of Diversity and Inclusion
  • The Role of Technology in Shaping the Future
  • The Importance of Critical Thinking Skills
  • If I Could Travel to Any Period in History
  • The Ethics of Animal Testing
  • The Benefits of Team Sports
  • A Time I Learned a Valuable Life Lesson
  • The Significance of Freedom of Speech

Essay Topics for Grade 9

  • The Power of Literature to Change Lives
  • The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Society
  • The Value of Civic Engagement
  • The Role of Education in Achieving Success
  • The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
  • If I Could Meet Any Historical Figure
  • The Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle
  • The Importance of Financial Responsibility
  • A Time I Overcame a Personal Challenge
  • The Significance of Global Citizenship

Essay Topics for Grade 10

  • The Influence of Media on Public Opinion
  • The Impact of Climate Change Policies
  • The Value of Ethical Leadership
  • The Role of Science in Solving Global Challenges
  • The Importance of Mental Health Awareness
  • If I Could Change One Aspect of Society
  • The Benefits of Learning a Third Language
  • The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace
  • A Time I Faced an Ethical Dilemma
  • The Significance of Cultural Exchange Programs

Essay Topics for Grade 11

  • The Role of Technology in Shaping the Job Market
  • The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health
  • The Value of College Education in Career Development
  • The Ethics of Bioengineering and Genetic Modification
  • The Importance of Ethical Business Practices
  • If I Could Travel to the Future
  • The Benefits of Entrepreneurship
  • The Significance of Political Engagement among Youth
  • A Time I Challenged a Deeply Held Belief
  • The Role of Art in Social Change

Essay Topics for Grade 12

  • The Influence of Literature on Social Change
  • The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Employment
  • The Value of Critical Thinking in Decision-Making
  • The Ethics of Privacy in the Digital Age
  • The Importance of Environmental Sustainability
  • If I Could Leave a Legacy for Future Generations
  • The Benefits of Internships and Work Experience
  • The Significance of Advocacy for Human Rights
  • A Time I Took a Stand for a Cause
  • The Role of Education in Shaping Values and Beliefs

Essay Topics for High School Students

Have a look at the following topics for high school essays to come up with your own ideas.

  • Does the fashion industry need to change the way they advertise?
  • Do beauty pageants carry any benefits for women?
  • Should women get plastic surgery?
  • What instigated World War 2?
  • What do people mean when they say “Fake news?”
  • Can constant use of drugs cause brain damage?
  • Can gun control help in regulating crime?
  • Is summer school designed to help children?
  • Methods that are used by professionals to get their dream job.
  • The ways to deal with on-campus violence.

Best College Essay Topics

  • Role of Modern Media in contributing to eating disorders.
  • Is technology turning people into zombies?
  • Is censorship on the internet necessary?
  • Will there be a 3rd World War?
  • Should every student have the right to choose the discipline they are interested in?
  • What does it take to become a politician?
  • The reasons behind high unemployment rates.
  • The aftermath of earthquakes.
  • Which countries have the most corruption?
  • Should there be a restriction on the sales and production of tobacco?

Essay Topics for University Students

  • The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Job Market.
  • The Ethical Dilemmas of Human Gene Editing.
  • The Role of Social Media in Shaping Political Movements.
  • The Influence of Climate Change on Global Security.
  • The Benefits and Drawbacks of Online Education.
  • The Intersection of Technology and Mental Health.
  • The Economic Implications of Renewable Energy Adoption.
  • The Future of Space Exploration and Colonization.
  • The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare.
  • The Cultural Significance of Contemporary Art Movements.

Essay Topics for Different Types of Essays

For writing an essay, the first step is to decide on the topic.

Here, you can find interesting topics and ideas for different types of essays to help you get started.

Controversial Argumentative Essay Topics

  • Is Climate Change Primarily Caused by Human Activities?
  • Should Affirmative Action Policies be Continued in College Admissions?
  • Is Universal Healthcare a Viable Option for the United States?
  • Should Euthanasia be Allowed for Severely Disabled Newborns?
  • Is Genetic Engineering Ethical in Humans?
  • Should the Voting Age be Lowered to 16?
  • Is Internet Censorship Necessary to Protect National Security?
  • Should Hate Speech be Protected as Free Speech?
  • Does asking someone to reduce weight equate to body shaming?
  • Should kids be allowed to adopt e-gaming as a progressive career?

Funny Argumentative Essay Topics

  • Is pizza a proper breakfast food, and why should it be?
  • Should cats be considered superior to dogs as household pets?
  • Is it ethical for a sock to vanish in the laundry, and where do they go?
  • Are aliens avoiding Earth because they fear our reality TV shows?
  • Can you survive a zombie apocalypse using only office supplies?
  • Is procrastination an art form, and how can you perfect it?
  • Should kids' cartoons be considered educational for adults?
  • Can you convince your boss that napping at work increases productivity?
  • Is laughter truly the best medicine, and can it cure anything?
  • Can you convince your roommate that washing dishes is an ancient martial art?

In need of more debatable essay topics? We have a comprehensive list of more excellent argumentative essay topics to assist you.

Persuasive Essay Topics

  • Should Recycling Be Mandatory in Every Household?
  • Is Single-Use Plastic a Menace to the Environment, and Should It Be Banned?
  • Should Schools Implement Uniform Dress Codes to Promote Equality?
  • Is Standardized Testing an Effective Measure of Student Knowledge?
  • Is Online Learning as Effective as Traditional Classroom Education?
  • Should Vaccinations Be Mandatory for All Children to Ensure Public Health?
  • Is Animal Testing Justified in the Name of Scientific Progress?
  • Should Governments Impose Higher Taxes on Junk Food and Sugary Drinks?
  • Is Social Media Detrimental to Mental Health, and Should It Be Regulated?
  • Should College Athletes Be Paid for Their Participation in Sports?

Read our comprehensive guide to persuasive essay topics to find a trending topic or a good idea for your paper.

Cause and Effect Essay Topics

  • Causes and Effects of Stress in Modern Society
  • The Consequences of Bullying on Mental Health
  • Environmental Pollution: Causes, Effects, and Solutions
  • The Influence of Parental Divorce on Children's Well-being
  • The Causes and Effects of Obesity in Developed Countries
  • The Causes and Effects of Economic Inequality
  • The Causes and Consequences of Academic Procrastination
  • The Impact of Social Pressure on Teenagers' Decision-Making
  • The Causes and Effects of Drug Addiction
  • The Influence of Early Education on a Child's Future Success

Check out this comprehensive guide on 100+ cause and effect essay topics for more ideas.

Compare and Contrast Essay Topics

  • Comparison of High School vs. College Life
  • Contrast of Traditional Education vs. Online Learning
  • Comparison of Two Major Religions: Christianity vs. Islam
  • Contrasting the Novels of Jane Austen vs. Emily Brontë
  • Comparing Two Art Movements: Renaissance vs. Baroque
  • Contrasting Classical Music vs. Jazz
  • Comparing Two Smartphone Brands: iPhone vs. Android
  • Contrast of Two Political Systems: Democracy vs. Authoritarianism
  • Comparison of Traditional Medicine vs. Modern Medicine
  • Comparing the Characters of Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story

If you need more ideas, here are some interesting compare contrast essay topics for your help.

Narrative Essay Topics

  • My First Day of School: A Memorable Experience
  • The Day I Overcame My Greatest Fear
  • The Most Important Lesson I Learned from a Family Member
  • The Time I Achieved a Personal Goal, I Never Thought Possible
  • The Day I Discovered My Passion for a Hobby or Interest
  • The Impact of a Life-Altering Event on My Perspective
  • The Story Behind My Most Prized Possession
  • My Experience as a Volunteer or in Community Service
  • The Day I Realized the Power of Kindness
  • A Special Bond I Share with a Childhood Friend

Need more topics? Check out this extensive blog on narrative essay topics for your next assignment.

Expository Essay Topics

  • The Impact of Technology on Society: Past, Present, and Future
  • The Process of Photosynthesis and Its Importance in Nature
  • The History and Significance of the Industrial Revolution
  • Understanding the Basics of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology
  • The Role of Education in Shaping Future Career Success
  • The Significance of Cultural Diversity in a Globalized World
  • Exploring the Psychology of Human Behavior and Decision-Making
  • The Process of How a Bill Becomes a Law in Government
  • The Role of Renewable Energy Sources in Combating Climate Change
  • Understanding the History and Culture of a Specific Country or Region

Here are some more intriguing expository essay topics to assist you.

Rhetorical Analysis Essay Topics

  • Evaluating the Persuasive Strategies in a Self-Help Book or Article
  • Examining the Rhetoric of a Famous Political Campaign Ad
  • Analyzing the Persuasive Techniques in a TED Talk of Your Choice
  • Analyzing the Rhetoric of a Controversial News Article
  • Evaluating the Persuasive Techniques in a Super Bowl Commercial
  • Examining the Rhetorical Appeals in a Famous Courtroom Speech
  • Evaluating the Use of Rhetorical Devices in a Political Debate
  • Analyzing the Persuasive Strategies in a Feminist Manifesto
  • Evaluating the Rhetorical Appeals in a Social Justice Speech
  • Examining the Rhetorical Techniques in a Historical Letter or Document

Check out this extensive blog on 100+ rhetorical analysis essay topics for more topics.

Analytical Essay Topics

  • The impact of Martin Luther King's speech “I have a dream” on modern American politics
  • The significance of Pablo Picasso's artwork “The Old Guitarist”
  • Important characteristics of Denzel Washington Speech at the University Of Pennsylvania
  • Impact of the psychoanalytic theory on modern psychology
  • The impact of Romeo and Juliet on the modern concept of love
  • The significance of national security strategy 2018 on great power politics
  • How does the author's treatment of the subject matter in “The Catcher in the Rye” differ from that in “The Great Gatsby”?
  • How are the characters in “To Kill a Mockingbird” used to illustrate different aspects of racial prejudice in America during the 1930s?
  • How is the treatment of love different in Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet” and “Othello”?
  • How does the author use symbolism to develop the theme of good vs. evil in “The Scarlet Letter”?

Explore the blog to get some more ideas about interesting analytical essay topics .

Descriptive Essay Topics

  • A Walk Through a Peaceful Forest in Autumn
  • A Vibrant Farmers' Market on a Saturday Morning
  • A Day at the Beach: Sun, Sand, and Waves
  • The Serene Beauty of a Starry Night Sky
  • A Memorable Childhood Christmas Morning
  • The Sights and Sounds of a Carnival or Fair
  • The First Day of Spring: Nature's Reawakening
  • A Visit to a Historical Landmark or Museum
  • A Gourmet Dining Experience at Your Favorite Restaurant
  • The Excitement of a Music Concert or Festival

Check out this extensive list of descriptive essay topics ideas for your help.

Informative Essay Topics

  • The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Job Market
  • The History and Cultural Significance of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics
  • The Benefits and Risks of Gene Editing Technology
  • Exploring Renewable Energy Sources: Solar, Wind, and Hydroelectric Power
  • The Effects of Climate Change on Polar Ice Caps and Wildlife
  • A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Time Management
  • Exploring the Role of Nutrition in Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • The Significance of Space Exploration: Past, Present, and Future
  • The Origins and Cultural Significance of a Traditional Festival
  • A Guide to Sustainable Farming and Agriculture Practices

Here’s a comprehensive list of interesting, 100+ informative essay topics .

Definition Essay Topics

  • The Meaning of "Success" in Modern Society
  • Defining the Concept of "Love" in All Its Forms
  • The True Definition of "Friendship"
  • The Ever-Changing Meaning of "Freedom"
  • Exploring the Notion of "Happiness"
  • Defining "Cultural Diversity" and Its Importance
  • The Multifaceted Definition of "Beauty"
  • The Various Interpretations of "Justice"
  • Understanding "Mental Health" and Its Stigma
  • Defining "Leadership" and Its Qualities
  • The Meaning of "Sustainability" in Environmental Contexts
  • Exploring the Concept of "Feminism"
  • Defining "Social Media" and Its Impact
  • The True Definition of "Equality"
  • Exploring the Meaning of "Art" in Contemporary Culture

Problem Solution Essay Topics

  • How to prevent social media bullying?
  • How to help a depressed person?
  • How texting affects face-to-face relationships?
  • How to prevent injuries in sports?
  • How can parents teach their children about time management?
  • How to deal with manipulative and dominating people?
  • How can schools and colleges be made safer?
  • How to prevent deaths due to drunk driving?
  • How to help families with a child with mental illness?
  • How to stop violence in schools?

Personal Essay Topics

  • A person you admire the most.
  • Are you addicted to games?
  • How did you learn to draw?
  • What is your life’s goal?
  • Things you hate the most?
  • Why do I prefer online shopping?
  • Your biggest achievement.
  • What does success mean to you?
  • What annoys you the most?
  • Why is volunteering important?

Proposal Essay Topics

  • Promoting Sustainable Transportation
  • Enhancing Cybersecurity Education
  • Implementing Recycling Programs in Schools
  • Reducing Plastic Waste in the Community
  • Supporting Small Local Businesses
  • Improving Mental Health Support in Schools
  • Implementing Renewable Energy Initiatives
  • Enhancing Campus Sustainability Efforts
  • Combating Food Insecurity in Underserved Communities
  • Promoting Gender Equality in the Workplace

Evaluation Essay Topics

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of online learning compared to traditional classroom education.
  • Evaluate the impact of social media on interpersonal relationships and communication.
  • Assess the quality and impact of a recent movie or television series.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a specific diet or nutrition plan for weight loss.
  • Assess the environmental impact of electric vehicles compared to traditional gasoline-powered cars.
  • Evaluate the performance and features of a popular smartphone or electronic gadget.
  • Assess the impact of a particular social or political policy on society.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a marketing campaign for a well-known brand.
  • Assess the impact of a recent technological advancement on daily life.
  • Evaluate the quality and impact of a famous work of literature or art.

Process Analysis Essay Topics

  • How to Plan and Organize a Successful Study Group.
  • The Process of Making Homemade Pizza from Scratch.
  • Steps to Mastering a Musical Instrument.
  • How to Write a Winning College Application Essay.
  • The Process of Brewing Your Own Craft Beer.
  • Steps to Launching a Small Business Online.
  • How to Effectively Manage Time and Prioritize Tasks.
  • The Art of DIY Home Renovation.
  • The Process of Creating a Stunning Piece of Art.
  • How to Cook a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.

Check out some other process analysis essay topics for inspiration!

Illustration Essay Topics

  • Illustrate the Impact of Technology on Everyday Life.
  • Illustrate the Traits of a Successful Leader.
  • The Role of Music in Shaping Emotions and Moods.
  • Illustrate the Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle.
  • The Influence of Social Media on Personal Relationships.
  • Illustrate the Impact of Cultural Diversity in a Community.
  • The Importance of Effective Communication in the Workplace.
  • Illustrate the Evolution of Fashion Trends Over the Decades.
  • The Characteristics of a Memorable Family Vacation.
  • Illustrate the Process of Achieving a Personal Goal.

Here’s a list of some more creative and engaging illustration essay topics .

Exploratory Essay Topics

  • Exploring the Causes and Effects of Climate Change.
  • The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Job Market: An Exploration.
  • Exploring the Role of Media in Shaping Public Opinion.
  • The Influence of Nature vs. Nurture on Human Behavior.
  • An Exploration of the Ethics of Genetic Engineering.
  • The Effects of Social Media on Mental Health: An In-Depth Examination.
  • Exploring the Challenges and Benefits of Online Education.
  • An Exploration of the Implications of Universal Basic Income.
  • The Dynamics of Family Relationships: An In-Depth Analysis.
  • Exploring the Impact of Literature and Art on Society.

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Classification Essay Topics

  • Types of Pet Owners: A Classification.
  • Classification of Musical Genres: From Classical to Hip-Hop.
  • Types of Travelers: Exploring the Adventurer, Relaxer, and Culture Enthusiast.
  • Classifying Different Types of Social Media Users.
  • Types of Students in a Classroom: From the Overachiever to the Laid-Back.
  • Classifying Different Styles of Fashion: Bohemian, Classic, and Trendy.
  • Types of Moviegoers: The Action Lover, Rom-Com Fan, and Film Buff.
  • Classifying Different Forms of Exercise: Yoga, Weightlifting, and Cardio.
  • Types of Foodies: From Gourmet Enthusiasts to Fast Food Lovers.
  • Classifying Various Types of Vehicles: Cars, Motorcycles, and Bicycles

Check out other compelling classification essay topics for more ideas.

Synthesis Essay Topics

  • The Electoral College as a tool to determine the outcome of Presidential elections.
  • Predicting animal adaptation by examining various evolutionary theories.
  • A side-by-side analysis of the theories behind JFK's shooting
  • Economic and social impacts of proposed legislation by Donald Trump
  • Comparing plans to attract more visitors and create business opportunities.
  • Examining crime rates in urban locations and the countryside
  • Analysis of different theories on the causes of the Great Depression
  • An account of the American Civil War from historical texts
  • A synthesis of different theories of motivation to create behavioral change
  • A unified approach to managing diabetes by examining global research from around the world
  • The scientific method as a means of acquiring knowledge

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Essay Topics by Subjects

Students are often asked by teachers to write essays on a variety of topics related to a particular subject. 

The sheer number of discussion areas can be overwhelming for students, making it difficult to choose a good essay topic. 

This list of essay topics by subject can help you narrow down your choices and find a topic that is both interesting and relevant to your studies.

Essay Topics on Languages

  • The change of language over time.
  • The use of text messages has ruined the modern language: is it true?
  • How to explore new languages.
  • Neuro-linguistic programming and how it works.
  • Physical communication or verbal communication: which is effective?
  • Explore the ways in which people can communicate.
  • Benefits of learning a second language.
  • Explain how learning languages work.
  • Is learning a new language in high school important?
  • Why is English important?

Essay Topics on Social Media

  • Influence of social media on youth.
  • What are the cons of social media?
  • Should texting and driving be illegal?
  • The impact of social media on the life of teenagers.
  • How does social media affect the relationship between parents and children?
  • Does social media like Pinterest should be used in the classrooms?
  • How to handle the problem of being bullied through social media?
  • What rules should students follow when posting to social media?

Essay Topics on Technology

  • Technology and the global economy.
  • The positives and effects of technology.
  • The role of 3-D printing  in Medicine.
  • What science has to offer to disabled people?
  • Face detection software and the problem of identity theft.
  • Adding connectivity to our home devices: is it helpful or not?
  • Cloud computing and artificial intelligence
  • How has technology changed our life?
  • Life without technology
  • Technology has its own rules

Essay Topics on Current Affairs

  • The Global Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Lessons Learned.
  • Climate Change and Its Effects on Biodiversity and Weather Patterns.
  • The Role of Social Media in Shaping Modern Political Discourse.
  • Cybersecurity Threats in the Digital Age and Strategies for Protection.
  • The Influence of Artificial Intelligence on the Future of Work.
  • The Refugee Crisis: Challenges, Solutions, and Global Responsibility.
  • Racial and Social Justice Movements in the 21st Century.
  • The Geopolitical Impact of China's Belt and Road Initiative.
  • The Rise of Populism and Nationalism in Western Democracies.
  • The Implications of Space Exploration and Colonization for Humanity.

Essay Topics on Corruption

  • The Impact of Corruption on Economic Development
  • The Relationship Between Corruption and Inequality
  • The Role of the Media in Combating Corruption
  • The Impact of Corruption on Political Stability
  • The Relationship Between Corruption and Crime
  • The Use of Technology in Combating Corruption
  • International Cooperation in Combating Corruption
  • The Private Sector and Combating Corruption
  • Civil Society and Combating Corruption
  • The Causes of Corruption

Essay Topics on Climate Change

  • The effects of climate change on human health
  • The impact of climate change on global food security
  • The economic impacts of climate change
  • The role of the media in communicating the risks of climate change
  • The ethical implications of climate change
  • The Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture
  • The Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife
  • The Potential Solutions to Climate Change
  • The Challenges in Implementing Solutions to Climate Change
  • The Role of the Individual in Solving Climate Change

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  • The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health and Well-being.
  • Social Media's Role in Shaping Political Discourse and Activism.
  • The Effects of Social Media on Interpersonal Relationships.
  • Cyberbullying and Online Harassment: Challenges and Solutions.
  • Privacy Concerns in the Age of Social Media: Balancing Sharing and Security.
  • Social Media Influencers: Their Influence and Responsibilities.
  • The Use of Social Media in Education: Pros and Cons.
  • Social Media Marketing: Strategies, Trends, and Ethics.
  • Fake News and Misinformation on Social Media: The Role of Fact-Checking.
  • The Future of Social Media: Emerging Trends and Technologies.

Essay Topics on Democracy

  • The Evolution of Democracy: From Ancient Greece to Modern Times.
  • The Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century.
  • The Role of Media in Sustaining a Healthy Democracy.
  • Democracy and Its Implications for Economic Development.
  • Electoral Systems: Comparing First-Past-The-Post and Proportional Representation.
  • The Influence of Money in Politics and Its Impact on Democracy.
  • Direct vs. Representative Democracy: Which Is More Effective?
  • The Role of Civil Society in Strengthening Democracy.
  • The Importance of Civic Education in Sustaining Democracy.
  • Threats to Democracy: Populism, Authoritarianism, and Erosion of Institutions.

Essay Topics on Covid-19 

  • The current COVID-19 pandemic
  • COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on families
  • Coronavirus and its medication
  • How does coronavirus damage a person's health?
  • How did the world change after the coronavirus?
  • Negative side effects of Covid-19
  • Everything you need to know about the coronavirus
  • How did Covid-19 impact businesses?
  • What medicines are good for coronavirus?
  • How does covid-19 lead to cabin fever and anxiety symptoms?

Essay Topics on Social Issues

  • The Impact of Social Media on Social Isolation and Loneliness.
  • Homelessness in Urban Centers: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions.
  • Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System: Analyzing the Data.
  • Gender Inequality in the Workplace: Progress and Challenges.
  • The Opioid Epidemic: Root Causes and Approaches to Combat It.
  • Environmental Racism: Communities at Risk.
  • Access to Healthcare: A Basic Human Right or a Privilege?
  • Bullying in Schools: Strategies for Prevention and Intervention.
  • Immigration Policies and Their Effects on Society.
  • Aging Population: Challenges and Opportunities in an Aging Society

Essay Topics on Current Issues

  • The Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Future Preparedness.
  • Climate Change and the Urgency for Sustainable Solutions.
  • Cybersecurity Threats in the Modern World: Protecting Digital Assets.
  • Vaccine Hesitancy and Public Health: Addressing Misinformation.
  • The Role of Big Tech in Shaping the Digital Landscape.
  • Refugee Crises Around the World: Seeking Global Solutions.
  • Income Inequality: The Wealth Gap and Its Social Implications.
  • Political Polarization and Its Impact on Governance.
  • Food Security: Feeding the World's Growing Population.
  • The Ethics of AI and Automation in the Workforce.

Essay Topics About Mental Health

  • The prevalence of mental health disorders in the United States.
  • The impact of mental health disorders on individuals and society.
  • The causes of mental health disorders.
  • The treatments available for mental health disorders.
  • The challenges faced by individuals with mental health disorders.
  • CBT for obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Role of Antidepressants in treating Depression
  • Impact of noise pollution on mental health
  • Social media use leads to negative self-esteem
  • Attachment issues in adults are related to childhood parenting issues

Essay Topics about Music

  • The Influence of Music on Mood and Emotions.
  • The Evolution of Hip-Hop Culture.
  • The Impact of Music on Social Movements.
  • The Role of Music in Different Cultures.
  • The Connection Between Music and Memory.
  • The Influence of Music on Fashion and Style.
  • Music and Its Effects on Brain Development in Children.
  • The Significance of Music Festivals in Modern Culture.
  • Music Therapy: Healing through Sound.
  • The Impact of Technology on the Music Industry.

Essay Topics About Love

  • The Different Types of Love: Exploring Romantic, Familial, and Platonic Love.
  • The Impact of Love on Mental and Physical Health.
  • Love in Literature: Analyzing Famous Love Stories in Classic Novels.
  • The Role of Love in Shaping Our Personal Identities.
  • Unconditional Love: Examining the Bonds Between Parents and Children.
  • The Evolution of Love in the Digital Age: Online Dating and Relationships.
  • Love and Self-Esteem: How Our Self-Perception Affects Our Ability to Love.
  • The Connection Between Love and Empathy in Human Relationships.
  • Love and Attachment Styles: Understanding How We Form Connections.
  • The Cultural Variations in Expressing and Experiencing Love.

Essay Topics About Yourself

  • Introduce yourself in a unique way that captures your reader's attention.
  • Discuss an accomplishment that you are proud of, and how it has shaped who you are today.
  • Describe a time when you faced a challenge, and how you overcame it.
  • Share an experience that has helped to shape your values and beliefs.
  • What are your hobbies and interests?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are your career aspirations?
  • Describe a time when you faced a challenge and how you coped with it.
  • Tell us about a time when you were proud of yourself and why.
  • What are your plans for the future?

Essay Topics About the Environment

  • The Impact of Climate Change on Global Weather Patterns.
  • Deforestation and Its Effects on Biodiversity.
  • The Role of Renewable Energy Sources in Combating Climate Change.
  • Plastic Pollution: Analyzing the Impact on Marine Ecosystems.
  • The Importance of Environmental Education in Schools.
  • Urbanization and Its Environmental Consequences.
  • Sustainable Agriculture: Balancing Food Production and Environmental Conservation.
  • The Significance of Wildlife Conservation and Preservation.
  • The Ethics of Animal Testing in Scientific Research.
  • Environmental Justice: Addressing Disparities in Environmental Quality.

General Essay Topics

  • The Impact of Video Games on College Students.
  • The Importance of Physical Education in Schools.
  • Social Media Platforms and their Influence.
  • Negative Impact of Social Media on Students.
  • Public Schools vs. Private Schools: A Comparative Analysis.
  • Analyzing College Students' Point of View on Video Game Addiction.
  • Persuading for Environmental Conservation.
  • The Role of Social Media in Modern Marketing.
  • The Impact of Technology on the Job Market.
  • Analyzing Point of View in a Legal Context.

Tips for Choosing the Best Topic

Choosing the right topic for your essay is a critical step in the essay writing process. It sets the tone for your work and can greatly impact your ability to engage your readers. Here are some tips to help you select the best topic:

  • Consider Your Interests

Start by thinking about your own interests and passions. Writing about a topic you're enthusiastic about will make the entire process more enjoyable and may result in a more engaging piece.

  • Narrow or Broad

Decide whether you want a broad or narrow topic. Broad topics allow for a wide range of discussion, while narrow ones allow for deeper exploration of specific aspects. Your choice depends on your assignment and word limit.

Consider the relevance of the topic to your audience and context. Is it something your readers will find interesting or valuable? Is it aligned with the purpose of your essay, whether it's informative, persuasive, or analytical?

  • Research Availability

Ensure there's enough research material available on the topic. If you're writing a research-based essay, it's crucial to have access to credible sources to support your arguments.

  • Audience Considerations

Tailor your topic to your target audience. Consider their interests, knowledge level, and preferences when choosing a subject that will resonate with them.

  • Current Events

If it's appropriate for your essay type, explore current events and trending topics. They can add relevance and timeliness to your writing.

  • Brainstorming

Spend some time brainstorming ideas. Create lists, mind maps, or free-write to generate a variety of potential topics. Don't censor yourself during this process; just let the ideas flow.

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19 College Essay Topics and Prompts

Not sure what to write for your college essay? We've got you covered with a number of topics and prompts to help shape your unique story.

[Featured image] A woman works on her college essay with a pen, notebook, and laptop computer.

As part of your college application materials, you'll likely be asked to submit a college essay. These tend to be between 250 and 650 words , and are a unique opportunity to showcase your personality. Admissions panels are typically looking for students who will positively represent the school as a whole. In the end, your goal is to show them that you and the college are a good match. 

When drafting your college essay, you may be expected to answer a prompt or come up with a topic on your own. In this article, we've rounded up several ideas to get you thinking—and writing.

19 college essay topics

Each school sets different requirements around the college essay, so it's important to review the expectations around every application you intend to submit. Some give you creative freedom, while others expect you to respond to a pre-developed prompt. Either way, a strong college essay conveys to the admissions team who you are, why you want to attend that particular school, and what matters to you. It's a way to personalize an application that often focuses on quantitative data, such as GPA and SAT scores.

If you're given the creative freedom to write about whatever you want, consider a college essay topic that allows you to be honest and original. We've compiled the following ideas to help you brainstorm:

What's an important issue you care about? How have you gotten involved?

Have you changed your mind about something in recent years? What was it and why?

What's a situation that caused you to grow?

Explain a time when you failed. What did you learn from that moment?

Share a surprising pastime or hobby and what interested you about it.

What extracurricular activity are you involved in that speaks to your personality?

Detail a meaningful volunteer experience.

Dive into a meaningful travel experience.

Who do you most admire and why?

If you have a unique background, share a bit about it. How did you get where you are?

What's the best advice you've ever received?

Was there ever a time when you had to stand up for something—or someone?

What's something you might change about the world to make it better?

What do you hope to accomplish by attending college?

Is there something you want to do after graduating college?

Have you ever made or created something? Talk about it.

Do you have a big idea that could potentially impact your community?

What is most valuable to you? Dive into your values and share an example.

What are you most passionate about? Why?

Pre-developed college essay prompts

Some colleges and universities will give you a series of prompts to choose from. These will vary from school to school, and can either be questions or statements. Here are a few examples of both.

Sample question prompts:

What excites your intellectual curiosity?

How has your upbringing shaped the person you are today?

Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

Sample statement prompts:

Talk about an unusual circumstance in your life

Share how you hope to use your college education

Discuss a list of books you have read in the last year

Common App essay prompts

Common App is an online platform designed to simplify the college application process. Over 900 colleges use Common App, making it possible for you to fill out one application that's then submitted to multiple schools.

If you choose to complete the Common App, you'll have a choice of several distinctive prompts that change every academic year. Here's a sample of the 2022-2023 essay prompts [ 1 ]:

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

Stick to the prompt.

No matter what type of prompt you receive, it's your job to stick to it. The admissions team has a lot of essays to read, so you'll have a better chance of standing out if you develop a cohesive response that stays on topic.

Start by identifying the prompt's main topic, then spend some time brainstorming to find the idea that resonates most with you. For many people, it's the topic that makes them feel some sort of emotion or reminds them of an entertaining story. Understanding what you're being asked to write about should make staying on topic throughout the entire composition easier.

5 additional college essay tips

Once you decide what you'd like to write, follow the tips below to craft a standout essay. You can also find more advice about college essays in our article College Essay Format: Writing and Editing Tips .

1. Be considerate with humor.

Showing off your sense of humor lets your personality show through your words and can make reading the essay more entertaining. Try including a few sentences that you think will bring a smile to the reader's face, or use adjectives to insert some colorful comedy.

2. Offer insight.

Beyond recounting an event, experience, or memory, a great essay shows insight aka an ability to highlight meaningful takeaways. For example, if you choose to write about your unique hobby, try to discuss what you've learned from that pastime—or how you've grown as a result of it.

3. Add details

Great essays also invite the reader to connect with the story on an emotional level. With that in mind, it can help to recount a specific memory rather than answer a prompt without those colorful details. More than discussing something on a surface level—or vaguely—you want to provide enough particulars to keep your readers engaged. For example, if you choose to write about the best advice you ever received, set the scene and take the reader back to that moment.

4. Have an editor.

Your essay should ideally be error-free. Ask a trusted friend or family member to review your essay and suggest edits. An editor can help you catch grammatical errors or points out ways to better develop your response.

Avoid passing your paper along to too many people, though, so you don't lose your own voice amid all of the edits and suggestions. The admissions team wants to get to know you through your writing and not your sister or best friend who edited your paper.

5. Revise your essay.

Your first draft is just that: a draft. Give yourself plenty of time to read and revise your first pass and make sure you fully developed your response, stayed on topic, and shared your personality.

When revising your essay, you may find it helpful to read it aloud so you hear the words as you're saying them. Some people prefer to print a copy on paper and write notes by hand. Both options give your brain a new way to process the information to catch details you may miss if you keep everything in your head and on the computer.

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