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What Does A Profile Essay Look Like? - An Academic Writing Tutorial

This type of paper can be quite fun to write; a nice change from the other well-known styles. This essay gives the reader a vivid portrait of the person, event, place or thing you are describing. It must be balanced, use all the senses, be comprehensive.

Planning ahead before research

Think about what you already know about your subject. If it’s yourself, this shouldn’t be too hard. If it’s another person or an event, you will need to do some thorough research. Take notes as you go along, and then look at your list and see if there are any gaps that need to be filled in.

Respect your subject by putting opinions aside

As a good writer you will present facts and details important to the subject. This is no place for strong emotions.

Use all the senses

You aren’t just reciting facts; you are also painting a portrait. So imagine what depth you need to bring your reader in order to paint a good picture that shows up detail and undertones. If you are making a profile of an event, talk to all kinds of people who were in attendance, not just to the leaders or people in charge. Get input from a variety of sources.

Make an outline

This is a pattern to follow. Making an outline is a great idea because it helps you see all your main ideas and organize them into a logical order. Once the outline has been constructed, you can use it to write your essay. Taking the little bit of time to do this step is well worth it because it saves you time in the long run.

Write your paper

Now it’s time to use the notes you took and the outline you formed to put together and produce your essay. Write freely at first, but keep checking with your outline to ensure you are staying on track and not losing your focus. You are basically putting together the puzzle pieces and making a complete scene which will leave the reader with an in-depth understanding of what you’ve profiled

Edits and proofreading

This is the step where you will look over your outline and make sure you haven’t forgotten anything important. Then read over your essay and look for spelling and grammar errors and correct them. Polish it up and it’s ready to hand in.

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